Joanna Grochowicz's narrative non-fiction is meticulously researched and compellingly told. By fusing the real and the imagined in her stories of early Antarctic exploration, she reveals the human aspirations and tragedies that have shaped our understanding of what remains an utterly inhuman place. As an Antarctic writer and communicator, Joanna believes strongly that engaging with Antarctic history encourages a deeper connection with a globally significant continent that few will ever visit. While focusing on polar exploration, her ever-popular school sessions guide students in examining the continued importance of resilience, perseverance and curiosity in all human endeavours.
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Emma is an internationally published Australian author; an experienced presenter; and a passionate advocate for children’s literacy in disadvantaged communities. A life-long love affair with shoes has led her on an exciting and successful publishing journey, with fiction and non-fiction books for adults and children. Emma is delighted that her debut picture book Wonderful Shoes (illustrated by Tania McCartney), pays homage to all the small children of the world, who think big people’s shoes are just as wonderful as she does!
Emma is both humbled and thrilled that Wonderful Shoes was named as a 2022 ‘Notable Book’ in the Early Childhood Category, of the Book of the Year Awards, by The Children’s Book Council of Australia.
Kate recommends The Ghost Locket by Allison Rushby, published by Walker Books
What Snail Knows by Kathryn Apel and Mandy Foot, published by University of Queensland Press
Get Ready Mama! by Sharon Giltrow and Arielle Li, published by EK Books.
Liz recommends The Wearing of the Green written by Clare Saxby and published by Walker Books.
Amma's Sari written by Sandhya Parappukkaran, illustrated by Michelle Pereira and published by Bright Light at Hardie Grant.
Mila & Ivy written by Katrina McKelvey, illustrated by Jasmine Berry and published by Wombat Books.
Flocked written by Chren Byng, illustrated by Andrew Joyner and published by Little Hare at Hardie Grant.
Nat recommends Bored by Matt Stanton, published by Harper Collins.
Night of the Living Pasta by Arthur McBain & Chrissie Krebs, published by Hardie Grant Egmont.
The Love That Grew by Sarah Ayoub & Mimi Purnell, published by Harper Collins.
Whisper on the Wind by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft & published by Allen & Unwin.
This episode, Liz gives a shout out to a brand new bookshop just opened in regional Victioria, The Book Orchard in Bairnsdale! It's run by a wonderful dog (Odin) and their human, Annemieke. Odin's favourite book just happens to be Liz's picture book, Walking Your Human! If you're in the area, opening weekend celebrations are being held on 30 April/1 May.
Follow The Book Orchard on Instagram: @thebookorchardbairnsdale
Follow Odin the dog on Twitter: @OdinThoughtsOf
On Nat's radar is a whole lot of exciting book business, including the below!
Sydney Book Launch
(No booking required. Come any time between 1pm-5pm)
Sydney Writers' Festival
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This episode you can win one of 3 awesome prize packs from Allen & Unwin, each featuring Shackleton’s Endurance by our guest Joanna Grochowicz, along with a copy of the thrilling middle-grade space adventure Mars Awakens by H.M. Waugh, which features kids from rival Martian colonies in a fight for survival.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us about a real life adventure that you’ve been on.
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 17th May to be in the running.
To illustrators Ramona Davey and Marianne Khoo for all our wonderful One More Page 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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