Jessica Seaborn is a Senior Publicist (Children’s & Young Adult) at Allen & Unwin Publishers in Sydney. She previously worked for HarperCollins and a self-publishing company in QLD.
Since starting at Allen & Unwin, she’s worked with well-known authors such as Paul Jennings, Richard Roxburgh, Shaun Tan and NBA basketballer Patty Mills.
Jess is also the Younger Young Writers’ Program Producer for the National Young Writers Festival.
Jess, One More Page and the rest of the world, can't get enough of this Granny and her reading of The Wonky Donkey,
written by Craig Smith and illustrated by Katz Cowley
Kate and Jess also got talking about inflluencers, and it doesn't get much bigger than Anne Hathaway giving your book a shout-out on Ellen. This really happened to Tasmanian picture book creator Jennifer Cossins who had the shock of her life when someone sent her a message on social media telling her Anne Hathaway was trying to get in touch.
Check it out here.
Jess recommends the following new titles from Allen and Unwin:
The Slightly Alarming Tale of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty
The town of Spindrift is frequented by pirates, Shadow Mages and charlatans. It's also home to the Orphanage School, where Finlay lives with Glim, Taya and Eli. Just outside town is the painfully posh Brathelthwaite Boarding School, home to Honey Bee, Hamish and Victor, Duke of Ainsley. When the two schools compete at the Spindrift Tournament, stakes are high, tensions are higher, and some people are out to win at any cost. Before long, the orphans and the boarding school are in an all-out war.
Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan
Where can we live if not in each other's shadow?
World-renowned artist Shaun Tan applies his unique imagination to a reflection on the nature of humans and animals, and our urban coexistence. From crocodile to frog, tiger to bee, this is a dark and surreal exploration of the perennial love and destruction we feel and inflict - of how animals can save us, and how our lives are forever entwined, for better or for worse.
Tales from the Inner City is a masterful work, bearing all of Shaun Tan's trademark wit and poignancy in both its prose and exquisite illustrations
Lenny's Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee
Lenny, small and sharp, has a younger brother Davey who won't stop growing - and at seven is as tall as a man. Raised by their mother, they have food and a roof over their heads, but not much else. The bright spot every week is the arrival of the latest issue of the Burrell's Build-It-at-Home Encyclopedia. Through the encyclopedia, Lenny and Davey experience the wonders of the world - beetles, birds, quasars, quartz - and dream about a life of freedom and adventure. But as Davey's health deteriorates, Lenny realises that some wonders can't be named. A big-hearted novel about loving and letting go by an award-winning author.
Luca is a 13 year old who lives in Melbourne. He was an INKY Awards judge for 2018, and he found that this job encompassed all the things he loved – reading (he had to read 20 books), writing (writing reviews of said 20 books was also an essential part of the task) and debating (the judging part of being a judge included some heated discussions over which books deserved to make it through).
He also loves New Orleans jazz drumming, basketball, and hanging out with his friends.
See Luca's INKY Judge profile at www.inkyawards.insideadog.com.au/meet-the-judges-luca
To find out more about the INKY Awards or becoming an INKY Judge, head to www.inkyawards.insideadog.com.au
Kit's Wilderness by David Almond
Bog Child by Siobhan Dowd
Paper Cranes Don't Fly by Peter Vu
The Akimbo series by Alexander McCall Smith
Kate recommends The Rabbit, The Dark and The Biscuit Tin, written by Nicola O’Byrne, published by Nosy Crow.
Liz recommends HerStory, written by Katherine Halligan, illustrated by Sarah Walsh and published by Nosy Crow.
Nat recommends Total Quack Up edited by Sally Rippin & Adrian Beck, illustrated by James Foley and published by Penguin Random House.
This episode, Kate gives a shout out to teacher librarians and school libraries. In particular, a social media campaign that launched in October
#StudentsNeedSchoolLibraries. The aim of this is to raise awareness of the importance of school libraries and to fight against the decline of libraries, librarians and library budgets in schools. The great news is lots of people are jumping on board: authors, teachers, librarians, parents and book lovers in general are using the hashtag and sharing how important school libraries were to them and are to our current generation.
Check it out at:
On Nat's radar is her first gig as a new Role Model for Books in Home Australia, a charitable foundation that provides books-of-choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement.
To find out more about Books in Homes and even sponsor a school yourself, head to booksinhomes.com.au or check out their Facebook page at @booksinhomesaustralia
This episode, thanks to our good friend Jessica Seaborn, publicist extraordinaire at Allen and Unwin, we are giving away
Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee and The Slightly Alarming Tales of the Whispering Wars by Jaclyn Moriarty.
Head to our WIN page and tell us which book you would like to spread the love about. Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 27th November to be in the running.
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