Sophie Beer is an award-winning illustrator/author living in Brisbane, Australia.
She completed a dual degree in Law and Creative Industries with distinction at Queensland University of Technology but found the whole law thing unutterably dull and now works primarily in children's and editorial illustration. She is perpetually astounded that she has somehow hoodwinked people into paying her money to draw all day long. Revelling in colour, shape and texture, she lives by one simple rule: art should never be boring. As a writer, her work has appeared in Frankie Magazine and The Big Issue.
When she's not illustrating and writing, she thinks a lot about plants, animals, music, books, and equality.
Sophie is the winner of the 2016 SCBWI Penguin/Random House Portfolio award.
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Before she started writing magical and adventurous stories, Rebecca wrote code for websites (which is not nearly as exciting). She's had lots of real-life adventures like almost falling off the Great Wall of China, hiding from grizzly bears in Canada and being chased by giant pigs in outback Queensland. When Rebecca isn't writing or drawing, she's working hard to turn her rambunctious three boys into polite members of society or watching superhero movies with her husband.
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Kate recommends Seven Days by Fleur Ferris, published by Penguin Random House
Mars Awakens by H.M. Waugh, published by Allen and Unwin
How to Tackle Your Dreams by Fiona Hardy, published by Affirm Press
Big Magic by Sarah Armstrong, published by Hardie Grant hardiegrant.com/au/publishing/bookfinder/book/big-magic-by-sarah-armstrong/9781760508432
Charlie's Swim by Edith Wright and Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, published by Magabala Books
Liz recommends The Way of Dog, written by Zana Fraillon, illustrated by Sean Buckingham and published by UQP.
Let’s Build a Backyard by Mike Lucas, illustrated by Daron Parton and published by Lothian Books at Hachette
Seree’s Story written by Irma Gold, illustrated by Wayne Harris and published by Walker Books
Miimi Marraal by Melissa Greenwood, published by ABC Books at Harper Collins
Keeping with the Dachshunds written by Carla Fitzgerald, illustrated by Rebel Challenger and published by Larrikin House.
A Sprinkle of Sadie by Lana Spasevski, illustrated by Joanie Stone and published by Affirm Press.
This episode, Kate gives a shoutout to Nat's new middle grade book We Run Tomorrow. Here on the pod, we're all incredibly excited to be celebrating the release of this awesome new middle-grade book that comes with a graphic novel twist courtesy of the fabulous Mike Barry of Action Tank fame. If you'd like to find out more about We Run Tomorrow, check out Georgina's review over on our book reviews page. Or check it out here:
On Liz's radar is a new anthology - Slippery, Slimery, Feathered and Furred - shining a spotlight on Australia's endangered species. It's aimed at primary school readers aged 7-12.
Put together by the Hunter Writers' Centre with support from Create NSW, it features contributions by authors from Newcastle and surrounds, including Gabrielle Reid, Emily S. Smith, Kelli Hawkins and lots more, plus illustrators including Liz Anelli and Kirrili Lonergan.
Find the anthology on Booktopia here or request it via your local independent bookshop!
This episode, we have a fabulous book pack to give away thanks to our friends at Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing and their imprint, Bright Light. The prize consists of a Sophie Beer collection of her Cool to be Kind board books, How to Say Hello, Kindness Makes us Strong, Love Makes a Family and Change Starts with Us.
Head to our WIN page and simply tell us what you would do at an arty party, plus let us know you've followed Bright Light on social media (@brightlightpublishing on Instagram or Facebook)!
Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 14 June 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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