Every year, since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together in celebrating Children’s Book Week. This year’s Book Week program at the City of Kalamunda Libraries will run from Tuesday 14 August 2018 to Friday 24 August 2018.
We are very excited to be hosting four fantastic authors – Deb Fitzpatrick, Kylie Howarth, Chris Owen and Tamara Moss who will be presenting sessions at each of our Libraries and visiting Walliston Primary School. Over 900 local school children from Pre-Primary through to Year 7 and 8 will be attending the author sessions.
In addition to these fabulous author talks, each of the Libraries will be displaying the short-listed CBCA Books together with displays based on the 2018 theme ‘Find Your Treasure.’
Children’s Book Week 2018 is sponsored by the Department of Local Government, Sports and Cultural Industries, Lotterywest, Healthway: Go for 2&5 Health Message, Children’s Book Council Western Australia Branch and the City of Kalamunda.
Chris Owen is the author of two children’s picture books: My Superhero and Pandamonia. In 2014, My Superhero was selected for the prestigious White Raven List by the International Youth Library and was also nominated for a Western Australian Premier’s Book Award.
Chris Owen hails from Sussex on the south of England. A former radio journalist and newsreader, he migrated to the sunnier climes of Perth in 2003, where he changed careers to become a primary school teacher. Aside from writing, Chris cites walking, snorkelling and eating homemade apple pie and custard, as his principal passions in life.
Artist Statement: As librarians, teachers, parents or grandparents, I believe reading to our children is one of the most important things we can do. I hope my books encourage adults and kids to share stories together and help foster a love of language in audiences of all ages.
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Western Australian author Tamara Moss (Tamz) is a suburban human of the "author" and "teacher" category. She majored in Asian Studies at university, and spent ten years trying to publish many manuscripts.
Habitat: This human is in Perth, Western Australia with her husband and her dog Tilly. McSchmoopyface.
Behaviour: Tamara Moss spends her weekdays as a primary school teacher. The rest of her time is spent working on manuscripts. Lintang and the Pirate Queen is her first published novel. The sequel, Lintang and the Forbidden Island, is out now. The third book in the series is due out August 2018.
Eradication: Keep this human away by presenting her with spiders, cats or any sort of intolerance.
Did you know? Tamara Moss speaks some Japanese
More Information available at: http://www.tamaramoss.com.au/
Deb Fitzpatrick lives and works in Fremantle, WA. She has a Master of Arts (Creative Writing) from UWA and occasionally teaches professional writing and editing at Curtin University.
Deb wrote 90 packets of instant noodles while living in a shack in the cloud forest of Costa Rica, and Have you seen Ally Queen? while backpacking through South America. She wrote The Amazing Spencer Gray at a café in South Fremantle. Deb loves coming out to schools and meeting her readers and their teachers.
Books: Spectacular Spencer Gray (2017), At My Door (2015), The Break (2014), The Amazing Spencer Gray (2013), Have you seen Ally Queen? (2011), 90 packets of instant noodles (2010)
More Information available at: http://debfitzpatrick.com.au/
Kylie Howarth is an author and illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. She was raised in the country alongside her brother, dog, sheep, several orphaned kangaroos and one very cheeky echidna. Her obsession with animals also extends underwater as she has braved lionfish in Egypt, piranha and pink dolphins in the Amazon, marine iguanas and hammerhead sharks in The Galapagos Islands and swam with whale sharks and manta rays at Ningaloo, Western Australia.
Kylie is also the super-fun mum of two adventurous young children. The textures in her book illustrations are created during their backyard art sessions.
Books: 1, 2, Pirate Stew (2017), Chip (2016), Fish Jam (2015)
More Information available at: https://www.kyliehowarth.com/
About Book Week
Each year across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate Children's Book Week. During this time, schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature.