Yes yes! the celebrations are well and truly underway – as you will have detected with some recent posts 🙂 but it’s not just about the always-fantastic titles, both classic and new. It’s time for excitement and give-aways too!
Did you know that if you buy two Puffin books from participating bookstores you too can have your own Puffin water bottle? I absolutely adore mine and you can have one just like it!
Participating local-ish stores include:
Dymocks, North Lakes, Chermside & Brisbane
Harry Hartog’s, Maroochydore
But wait – there’s more! One lucky Australian school will win a mural painted by Stephen Michael King and a visit from Andrew Daddo plus class sets of Atticus von Tasticus books to mark the release of the second book in the series! The individual student who creates the winning entry will receive a signed limited edition Stephen Michael King drawing and a set of books.
What are you waiting for? Get your kiddos onto it NOW! and happy happy birthday Puffin! We love you loads!
If you are looking for a special gift for a little reader – and it’s never too early to think about Christmas, let’s face it! – this would be the perfect fit. Eight of Australia’s best- loved picture books from some of our best and brightest authors and illustrators are beautifully presented in this hardcover omnibus.
Bed Tails by Meredith Costain and Mitch Vane
Sophie’s Big Bed by Tina Burke
Baby Tawnies by Judy Paulson
It’s Bedtime, William! by Deborah Niland
One Very Tired Wombat by Renee Treml
A Bear and a Tree by Stephen Michael King
Jesse by Tim Winton and Maureen Prichard
Come Down, Cat by Sonya Hartnett and Lucia Masciullo
This is one of my favourite Christmas books ever but strangely I didn’t own a copy myself – until I spotted it at the local newsagent on sale a couple of days ago.
In this country of ours where so often natural disasters can come swiftly and with a great vengeance this beautiful story resonates and gives hope to the youngest of readers.
One little pig, thinking about the loss of her beautiful surroundings after the ravages of drought and bushfire, is so sad and despairing, not just for herself but for her humans, Joe and Marigold. How can they possibly have Christmas when all around them is scarred and bare and black?
But Applesauce had reckoned without the giving nature of good friends and family – and the joy that both the simplest of things and the most miraculous can bring.
Beautifully written and illustrated likewise this is a sublime example of both the true Christmas spirit and the true Australian spirit.
You can find some teaching notes on this and other books which were shortlisted in the CBC 2009 Awards here.