Episode 73 - The Animal Bookdom

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Liz interviews Irma Gold


Irma Gold is an award-winning author and editor of books for adults and children.


She is the author of a novel, a short fiction collection and five picture books, most recently Seree’s Story and Where the Heart Is, which was read by Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, on her Storytime channel and won an ACT Notable Award.


Irma is also Ambassador for the ACT Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge.  


Find out more about Irma at: 


Website: irmagold.com

Twitter: @Irma_Gold

Instagram: @irma.gold

Facebook: @IrmaGoldAuthor

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Kids Capers - Lachie chats with Carla Fitzgerald

Carla Fitzgerald is a writer, a recovered lawyer and mum of three, from Sydney. She studied English literature and law, and has worked in a range of jobs, including in a fried chicken shop and at the Australian Human Rights Commission. Her debut picture book, Keeping Up with the Dachshunds and her debut middle-grade book, How to be Prime Minister and Survive Grade Five were published this year. Carla’s website is carlafitzgerald.com.au and she can also be found procrastinating on Instagram @carlafitzgeraldauthor 


Find out more about Carla at:

Website: carlafitzgerald.com.au

Instagram: @carlafitzgeraldauthor




Lachie is a 10-year-old kid who loves animals, soccer, geography, Minecraft and begging his Mum for a dog.


His favourite books include the Funny Kid series (Matt Stanton), Secrets of a Schoolyard Millionaire (Nat Amoore), the Worst Week Ever series (Eva Amores & Matt Cosgrove), Catvinkle (Elliot Perlman) and The Encyclopaedia of Ugly/Dangerous Animals (Sami Bayly).


When Lachie grows up he wants to travel to every country, work in a zoo and to own at least one dog.

Whatcha Readin?

Kate recommends A Job for Kingsley by Gabriel Evans, published by Hardie Grant. 



Rodney Forgets It! by Michael Gerard Bauer and Chrissie Krebs, published by Scholastic.



Violin & Cello by Catherine Greer, Alexander Lau and Joanna Bartel, published by EK Books.



The Wintrish Girl: Talismans of Fate by Melanie La'Brooy, published by UQP.



Which Way to Anywhere by Cressida Cowell, published by Hachette. 


Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros


Liz recommends How to be the New Person, written by Anna Branford and published by Walker Books.




Twice the Love, written by Inda Ahmad Zahri, illustrated by Nabila Adani and published by Affirm Press.



Pigasus written by Zanni Louise, illustrated by Anil Tortop and published by Hardie Grant.



Alpaca Picnic Panic by Matt Cosgrove, published by Scholastic.




Truly Tan Jen Storer

Nat recommends It's Busy in the City and It's Noisy on the Farm by Jedda Robaard, published by Hardie Grant.



Bin Chicken Flies Again by Kate and Jol Temple, illustrated by Ronojoy Ghosh, published by Scholastic.



Why Won't You Sleep? by Adam Wallace and Carla Martell, published by Scholastic.



The Bewilderbeast by Josh Pyke and Binny Talib, published by Scholastic.



Chippy Chasers: Chippy Jackpot by Sam Cotton, published by Penguin Random House.



This episode, Liz gives a shout out to an exciting new junior fiction series written by Kristin Darell called FOOTBALL FEVER. Published by Penguin Random House in partnership with Football Australia, it's about a mixed under-11s team and features real life Matildas and Socceroos stars!


Check out the first title The Kick-Off here, and there are more books in the series on their way!

On Our Radar

 On Kate's radar this episode is the new Korean language version of Ouch! Tales of Gravity that arrived on her doorstep recently. If you're in Korea, keep your eyes peeled and send us a shelfie! 

Competition Details

To celebrate our Animal Bookdom episode, we have an animal-themed picture book pack to give away thanks to our friends at Larrikin House. It includes Keeping up with the Dachshunds by today’s guest Carla Fitzgerald, illustrated by Rebel Challenger, plus Meowster Chef by Sarah Speedie and Marina Verola, and Crocs Don’t do Yoga by Michelle Wilson and Catherine Suvorova.


Head to our WIN page and simply tell us your all-time favourite animal character in a kids’ book!


Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 18th October 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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