Midnight – A true story of loyalty in WW1

October 30th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

It will be 100 years ago tomorrow, that Lieutenant Guy Haydon’s bravely rode his beloved mare, Midnight, over the enemy trenches in Beersheba. Horse and rider served together until sunset on 31 October, 1917 They took part is what is known as the last great cavalry charge of WW1 – ‘a defining moment in history’. This true…

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A is for Australian Animals

August 1st, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Welcome to the world! A is for Australian Animals is here! Published by Walker Books Australia To the delight of many human animals attending the book launch, the Kanyana Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre brought along many animal friends to the Herdsman Lake Wildlife Centre including: a bilby, an echidna, blue-tongue lizards, a snake, “Henry” the cockatoo, and the most adorable pygmy…

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Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival

April 25th, 2017 | Category: Books, Festivals, News

An invitation to take part in this year’s Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival in the United Arab Emirates was an opportunity to meet and create art with Arabic children. Sharjah is the cultural capital of the UAE and this event is a stellar showcase for celebrating children’s literature – with over 200,000 visitors!  The eleven-day event is…

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A is for AWARDS

February 26th, 2017 | Category: Books, News

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…

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Simpson and his Donkey artworks find new home at State Library

February 2nd, 2017 | Category: Books, News

Illustrations and preliminary sketches, which accompany the story of Simpson and His Donkey, have recently been acquired by the State Library of Western Australia for its Peter Williams Collection of original artworks by Australian illustrators. It was important that the original illustrations and accompanying materials were cared for and made available for future generations to explore…

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Tasmania Author Tour

October 28th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

Tasmania is one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Luckily, I get to visit the island state and conduct author visits to young students. My time at the Bonorong “school” near Hobart had to be one of the best author visits ever! All the students were named Joe and they acted like young ones do everywhere – cheeky….

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On the Road to Dampier

August 13th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

On the road to Dampier for more of Rio Tinto’s Groundbreakers Exhibition – 50 years in the Pilbara! Brought along my special sneakers hand painted by Samantha Hughes. She managed to paint 18 books of mine on the sides, back and front. As you can imagine, the kids love them! Nearby is the Murujuga National Park, which has…

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Look What We Grew!

July 8th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

Pattan’s Pumpkin– vine ripened, ready for harvest this September with Otter Barry Books UK and Walker Books Australia. In the USA, Candlewick Press September 2017. Pattan’s Pumpkin is an exciting,vibrantly illustrated Flood Story from India, written by Chitra Soundar, an Indian-born British writer, based in London. Pattan has an amazing pumpkin…it grows BIGGER than the goats, BIGGER than the elephants,…

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Candlewick Interview:

January 7th, 2016 | Category: Books, News

Author Mark Greenwood and illustrator Frane Lessac answer our five questions (plus one) about their lives, careers and their book Midnight: A True Story of Loyalty in World War I. About the book: Midnight A True Story of Loyalty in World War I author: Mark Greenwood illustrator: Frané Lessac http://candlewick.com/cat.asp?browse=.