Terry Denton has been creating children’s books for over 30 years. He has worked with many of Australia's top authors, written much-loved picture books and junior fiction novels, won more than 40 children’s choice awards and been shortlisted many times in the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards. His Felix and Alexander won Picture Book of the Year in 1986.
His books include The Upside-down History of Downunder with Alison Lloyd, The Worm Who Knew Karate with Jill Lever, as well as the Gasp! books and the animated TV series, and the world-famous Just! books and Treehouse series with Andy Griffiths. His work is characterised by a devious sense of humour, an adventurous and inventive drawing style and an informed flair for what interests and amuses kids.
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Sami Bayly is 24 years old and has released two books, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals and The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Dangerous Animals, published by Lothian - Hachette Australia, which are available for purchase from all good bookstores.
Sami's first book, The Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals, won the Children's Indie Book of the Year Award, the ABA Booksellers' Choice 2020 Book of the Year Awards and the Australian Book Design Awards. It received the Honour Award for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and was shortlisted for the ABIA Book of the Year for Younger Children.
Sami is trained in scientific illustration through a bachelor of Natural History Illustration (Honours) at the University of Newcastle, Australia.
She is inspired by artists like William T. Cooper, the Scott Sisters and other natural history illustrators, after seeing their work whilst growing up.
She loves to try new mediums and techniques as she never knows what style she might fall in love with next. However, at this point in time her most preferred medium is watercolour, and she loves to illustrate any animal that can be defined as weird, wonderful or even ugly!
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Kate recommends Dare To Be You by Matthew Syed, published by Hachette.
Sunflower by Ingrid Laguna, published by Text Publishing.
Liz recommends Youthquake by Tom Adams and Sarah Walsh, published by Nosy Crow.
The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor, published by Affirm Press.
Nat recommends The Wonderful Wisdom Of Ants by Philip Bunting, published by Scholastic.
School Rules Are Optional by Alison Hart, published by Allen and Unwin.
The Incredible Runaway Snot written by Josh Pyke, illustrated by Heath McKenzie and published by Scholastic.
This episode, Liz gives a shout out to a new writerly podcast - The Girl and Duck Podcast, hosted by beloved children's author Jen Storer.
Jen is the author of the Truly Tan and Danny Best series plus many more, and the 'Chief Inspirationalist' behind kidlit communities Girl and Duck and Scribbles. Search for 'The Girl and Duck Podcast' on all the usual podcast apps for a dose of creative inspiration!
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On Kate's radar this episode is a brand new publishing contract! That's right, there's a brand new One More Page book baby on the way, this one scheduled for 2022. It's a funny and factual non-fiction picture book with a science bent and we're all looking forward to seeing it out in the world.
This episode we have an amazing non-fiction prize to give away thanks to Penguin Random House. You can win a copy of Terry Denton’s Really Truly Amazing Guide to Everything as well as The Human Body Survival Guide by George Ivanoff.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us your favourite non-fiction book for kids.
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 8th December 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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