Thank you to all the parents, teachers, librarians and my colleagues, who are passionate about getting children’s books into children’s hands and especially for all the young readers who voted for A is for Australia.
For creators, recognition for our books is a rare gift. Recognition is important. Receiving the Crystal Kite Award and the Hoffman Award are extra, extra special because one is voted by one’s peers and the other by children.
The Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given annual award to recognize books from the SCBWI (Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) regional divisions around the world. I share this year’s award for Australia and New Zealand with the extremely talented, Peter Carnavas and his book, Blue Whale Blues.
The Hoffman Award is presented to the highest ranked West Australian author voted by young readers’ organised by WAYRBA (West Australian Young Readers’ Book Award). Young readers were invited to nominate books that they’ve read and enjoyed.
Receiving awards gives creators the inspiration to keep going and the confidence to do what we love. It is a huge honour which I humbly accept with great pride.