Laura Harris oversees the wonderful children’s list at Penguin Random House Australia where they publish every book a child could ever want – at all stages of childhood from very young picture books, to the most sophisticated of Young Adult novels – and everything in between.
Critically acclaimed and best-selling authors pepper the list including Jeff Kinney, John Flanagan, Jacqueline Harvey, Morris Gleitzman and Mem Fox and our very own Nat Amoore. Laura has edited and shaped many of the books on the list over her 20 years with the company including works by Mem Fox, Melina Marchetta, Sonya Hartnett, Morris Gleitzman, Aaron Blabey and Felice Arena, to name but a few. Laura has been a literary judge on many awards, has lectured in Editing and Publishing and has had numerous reviews and articles published. And while often asked, she has checked with her doctor, who assures her she doesn’t have a novel in her.
Find out more about Penguin Random House's fabulous selection of books for children and young adults at https://www.penguin.com.au/young-readers/
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Evie is a ten year old book-mad girl who lives, breathes, and sometimes eats words. She runs the Instagram book review account @rockinreads, which she started to connect with others who share her passion for reading.
Through Rockin’ Reads, she has successfully launched a book swap initiative at her school, and is well known amongst peers, teachers and librarians as the go-to-kid for book recommendations.
Her taste for books includes middle grade magical realism, stories steeped in myths and folklore, and rather a lot of fantasy. Some of her favourite authors right now are Katherine Rundell, David Walliams, Garth Nix, and Karen Foxlee.
When she doesn’t have her head in a book, Evie is usually dancing her way through the day, doing Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, listening to podcasts, or speed solving Rubiks cubes, often all at the same time. She is a huge fan of the One More Page podcast, and is excited to be on the show!
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Nat Amoore is a Sydney-based writer who is passionate about encouraging kids to read, write and explore their imagination without boundaries. Her stunningly funny debut novel Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire came out in 2019 with Penguin Random House. It had great success as both Dymocks and QBD's 'Kids Book Of The Month', becoming Australia's #1 bestselling debut Aussie children’s fiction in 2019. Her second book The Power of Positive Pranking was released in 2020, with two further books set for 2021.
Nat placed 1st & 2nd in the Picture Book category and 2nd in Chapter Books for younger readers, at the 2018 CYA Conference. She was a recipient of the CBCA Maurice Saxby Creative Development Program for 2018 and is a proud Role Model for Books In Homes.
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Adrian Beck writes funny, action-packed stories for kids. Adrian produces the TV show, Kids' WB, and has also worked on The Logies, Carols by Candlelight, Prank Patrol and Who Wants To Be A Millionaire. Adrian is the author of the Champion Charlies series and Stuff Happens: Dale plus he co-wrote the Kick it to Nick series with AFL legend Shane Crawford. Adrian is the co-editor of Total Quack Up, along with Sally Rippin, his podcast co-host of The KidLit Club.
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Kate recommends The Theory of Hummingbirds by Michelle Kadarusman, published by UQP.
How To Make a Pet Monster: Hodgepodge by Lili Wilkinson and Dustin Spence, published by Allen & Unwin.
Liz recommends The Secret Library of Hummingbird House, written by Julianne Negri and published by Affirm Press.
Henry Turnip by Chloe Jasmine Harris, published by Walker Books.
Congratulations to Amy Adeney and her new books, Tilda Teaches Cartwheels and Tilda Teaches Chatterboxes.
This gorgeous new junior fiction series illustrated by Katie Alexander follows Tilda, the wanna-be-teacher, as she shares her many skills with all her friends.
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On our radar right now is books, books and more books! Here's what the OMP crew is looking forward to...
This episode we are giving away a book pack thanks to Penguin Random House.
It includes Nat’s new book The Power of Positive Pranking, a copy of Melina Marchetta’s brand new junior fiction book What Zola Did on Monday, the first book in Charlotte Barkla’s series Edie’s Experiments: How To Make Friends, and Nelson 1: Pumpkins and Aliens by Andrew Levins.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us why you are serious about kids books.
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 14th July 2020 to be in the running.
To illustrator Marianne Khoo (and her assistant Max) for designing the One More Page podcast logo and other associated images.
And to our sound editor Adam Orlowski for his wonderful audio genius - check out his other work at www.aosd.tk
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