Episode 38 - Meet your heroes

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Libby Hathorn is an Australian award-winning author and poet of more than eighty books for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland.


- Libby was recipient of a Centenary Medal 2003 for her work in children’s literature. In 1994, her picture book Way Home was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Award, UK for illustrations by Greg Rogers.

- In 2012 she was a National Ambassador for Reading and travelled to many country towns to talk about Australian literature as she has done in her role as Australia Day Ambassador since 1994.

- In 2014 she was winner of The Alice Award, a national award for ‘a woman who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature.’

- In 2017 Libby was the winner of the Asher Literary Award for A Soldier, A Dog, A Boy. This award is for a woman writer on the theme of peace, the first time the text of a picture book was awarded the prize.

- Three of Libby’s picture books have been adapted as operas: Grandma’s Shoes, Sky Sash So Blue, and currently Outside.


With a deep interest in literature, poetry continues to inform her life and her writing.


Find out more about Libby at: 

Website: libbyhathorn.com

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Libby-Hathorn-Books-2200427406872944/

Twitter: @poetrywizard

Instagram: @libby.hathorn


Books by Libby Hathorn:

Kids Capers - Talina interviews Jessica Townsend


Jessica Townsend lives on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her pet fascinations include public transport, ancient cities, hotels, opera singers, Halloween, secret societies and gigantic cats - all of which have weaselled their way into Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow, her award-winning first novel released in 2017. Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow, the second book in this record-breaking series, was released in 2018.


Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow was the biggest-selling Australian children's debut since records began. It has won the 2018 ABIA for Book of the Year, Book of the Year for Younger Readers and the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year; the 2018 Indie Book Awards Book of the Year and Children's Category; the 2017 Aurealis Award for Best Children's Fiction; the 2018 Waterstones Children's Book Prize for Younger Fiction and was named a CBCA notable book.




Find out more about Jess at:

Instagram - @digressica

Twitter - @digressica




Talina is a 10-year-old girl who manages to incorporate reading a book into most aspects of her life. If there was a competition for reading a book while your body is in some strangely contorted position Talina would be a hot contender to win. Her favourite author is C.S Lewis and she doesn’t think she will ever tire of re-reading the Narnia series. However, she finds something exciting about reading a new book series where the ending has not yet been written. She and her brother Joel are both eagerly waiting to see what will happen in Jessica Townsend's next Nevermoor book.


Talina was thrilled to recently discover the One More Page podcast and is now finding ways to catch up on past episodes in between her other passions of trumpet, netball, physie and gardening.

Whatcha Readin?


Kate recommends Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime by Lisa Harvey-Smith, illustrated by Mel Matthews and published by Melbourne University Press.



Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros


Liz recommends Songbird, written by Ingrid Laguna and published by Text Publishing.





Ollie and Augustus by Gabriel Evans and published by Walker Books. 


Truly Tan Jen Storer


Nat recommends Toffle Towers 1: Fully Booked, written by Tim Harris, illustrated by James Foley and published by Penguin Random House.



This episode, Kate gives a shoutout to Liz because her very first published picture book, Tulip and Brutus, illustrated by Andrew Plant and published by Ford Street is now officially out and looking totally amazing! Woot woot woot!


On Our Radar

On Liz's radar are some upcoming book launch events for her new picture book with Andrew Plant and Ford Street Publishing, TULIP AND BRUTUS.


We'd love to see you at either the Sydney or Melbourne event!

Competition Details


Today Hachette has completely spoiled you lucky listeners with a HUGE (and we mean huge!) prize pack. Straight from the episode’s literary heroes we have four amazing books by Libby Hathorn to give away - Miss Franklin, Butterfly We’re Expecting You, A Soldier A Dog and A Boy & Thunderwith.


And as if that wasn’t enough, the prize pack also includes a copy of Nevermoor AND Wundersmith by our Kids Capers guest, Jessica Townsend. What a mammoth prize!


Head to our WIN page and simply tell us which literary hero you would most like to meet.


Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 22nd October to be in the running. 

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