Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Free Anzac Posters

Teachers and librarians, please download this free resource for your Anzac studies.  Dropbox file here.

What is it? Over 20 posters (includes two posters per author/illustrator) A2 size, professionally designed, showing how authors and illustrators have researched and developed their Anzac books.

Includes Australian authors such as Jackie French, Claire Saxby, Phil Cummings, Susanne Gervay, Hazel Edwards, and many other wonderful authors and illustrators. PLUS New Zealand authors such as David Hill, Jennifer Beck, Glyn Harper, Maria Gill and awesome illustrators such as Fifi Colston, Jenny Cooper, etc.

You also have this blog packed with teaching resources, posters, and interviews.

Print the posters on paper, cardboard or foam boards and display in your libraries or halls or classrooms.

Here's an example of one of the posters on display at two Australian Libraries (printed on foam boards).


Monday, 2 April 2018

April Latest News!

Exciting news from some of the New Zealand authors and illustrators in the exhibition - new books and Notable Book selections ...

Anzac Animals
Written by Maria Gill
Illustrated by Marco Ivancic
Published with Scholastic NZ and Australia
ISBN:  978-1-77543-474-0
Buy Here NZ or Australia

Brought to life in this one-of-a-kind book are the heartwarming true tales of 20 unforgettable animals that helped Anzacs serving in WWI and WWII.
You'll meet well-known animals, such as Murphy the donkey, who carried the wounded in Gallipoli and Caesar the Red Cross Dog. But also included are the hard-working horses, camels and mules, and the dogs that barked a warning when enemy planes were approaching, as well as the mischievous monkeys that had the men laughing. From the winning team of the 2016 Supreme Book of the Year Award. Watch a book trailer video here. Teaching resource here.

Maria Gill and Marco Ivancic also learnt this month that their Abel Tasman: Mapping the Southern Lands book had been selected as a 2018 Storylines Notable Book (non-fiction). Maria Gill's book with Gavin Mouldey Toroa's Journey was also selected as a 2018 Storylines Notable Book.

Read an interview between authors Glyn Harper and Maria Gill about researching their animal war stories here.

Bobby the Littlest war hero
Written by Glyn Harper
Illustrated by Jenny Cooper
Published with Penguin Random House
ISBN: 978-0-14-377187-6
Buy here NZ and Australia

A tiny canary called Bobby best friend Jack is a soldier for the Royal Engineers' tunnelling company. Together they go deep into the tunnels under no-man's-land. Jack's job is to dig, while Bobby's job is to warn the men to get out quickly when there's dangerous gas. Bobby's warnings save the tunnellers' lives again and again.
But Jack worries that it's a hard life for a little bird. Will Bobby ever be free to fly again?
Glyn Harper and Jenny Cooper are the award-winning creators of bestselling picture books about WWI: Le Quesnoy; Jim's Letters; Roly, the Anzac Donkey, and Gladys goes to War.

The Anzac Violin: Alexander Aitken's Story
Written by Jennifer Beck
Illustrated by Robyn Belton
Published with Scholastic NZ
ISBN: 978-1-77543-391-0
Buy here NZ and Australia

Anzac soldiers huddle in their dugouts, sheltering for a moment in this place so far from home. In the midst of the fighting, the music of a violin swirls around the weary men, shifting their thoughts back to summer picnics and happier times.
A true story of a rescued violin and an extraordinary musician, Otago's Alexander Aitken, told by award-winning duo, Jennifer Beck and Robyn Belton.

Also congratulations to Fifi Colston and Jennifer Beck for their book Torty and the Soldier being selected as a 2018 Storylines Notable Book.

Saturday, 3 March 2018

Latest News!

Some of the Australian authors in the exhibition have just been selected for 2018 Notable Book Awards. Congratulations to these authors in the Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages Exhibition:

  • Jackie French for her book Third Witch (Harper Collins)
  • Sally Murphy for her book Looking Up (Freemantle Press)
  • Phil Cummings (Illustrator Shane DeVries) for their book Boy (Scholastic Australia)
  • Phil Cummings (Illustrator Amanda Graham) for their book Wilbur, Grace & Jo (Little Book Press)
  • Libby Gleeson and Anna Pignataro for their book Clare's Goodbye (Little Hare)
  • Dianne Wolfer (Illustrator Heather Potter) for their book Nanna's Button Tin (Walker Books)
  • Christina Booth for her book The Anzac Tree (Omnibus Books)
  • Jackie French (Illustrator Sue deGennaro) for their book Millie Loves Ants (Harper Collins)
  • Phil Lesnie and Phil Cummings for their book Feathers (Scholastic Australia)
  • Jackie French (illustration Matt Shanks) for their book Koala Bare (Harper Collins)
  • Owen Swan and Corinne Fenton for their book My Friend Tertius (Allen & Unwin)
  • Mark Wilson for his book Flapper, VC (Hachette)
  • Frane Lessac for her book A is for Australian Animals (Walker Books)
  • Claire Saxby (Illustrated by Julie Vivas) for their book Koala (Walker Books)

New Zealand Notable Books awarded early April ... watch this space ...

Introducing Christina Booth

The Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages exhibition has many fabulous Australian and New Zealand authors and illustrators in it. Go to Authors/Illustrators/Books to see the full list.

This month we have award-winning author Christina Booth. 

Christina Booth is an author and illustrator living in Tasmania, Australia. She has been drawing ever since her parents gave her a pencil and was encouraged from a very young age to develop her talent. Christina studied fine arts and teaching at university and has taught for many years. Her passion for reading also began at a very young age and was known to 'consume books'. After the arrival of her first child, Christina decided to follow her dream to be an author and  illustrator.

Her first picture book was published in 2007 and has been followed by many more, including stories written by other authors. Her books often feature her local native fauna and flora but Christina also loves to tell funny stories and stories that help children understand our past to create a better future. She believes that all stories should offer hope.

Christina's books have been highly awarded and also published internationally. Her Picture book, Kip, won the Children's Book Council of Australia's Honour Book Award and her story, Welcome Home won the Environment Award for Children's Literature. Many others have won CBCA Notable Book Awards, her latest being The Anzac Tree in 2018.

Christina loves sharing her passion for reading and art with children and adults and enjoys working from her bush studio with visiting native animals and birds. You can visit Christina's website at www.christinabooth.com

Watch The Anzac Tree trailer:

Check out Christina's new page for The Anzac Tree

Monday, 30 October 2017

Midnight's story turns 100

Excerpt from Frané Lessac's blog about the 100 year commemoration of Midnight's service in WWI.

October 30th, 2017 | Category: Books, News
It will be 100 years ago tomorrow, that Lieutenant Guy Haydon bravely rode his beloved mare, Midnight, over the enemy trenches in Beersheba. Horse and rider served together until sunset on 31 October, 1917.

They took part is what is known as the last great cavalry charge of WW1 – ‘a defining moment in history’. This true story is immortalised in our book, Midnight – The story of a light horse.

To commemorate the anniversary of this event, we returned to Midnight’s birthplace and inspiration for our book.

It was here, under this tree on the Haydon Horse Stud in the Upper Hunter Valley that Midnight was born.

“A foal is born at midnight, homestead side of the river.  Coal black. Star ablaze.  Moonlight in her eyes.”

A fact not mentioned in the book is that Moonlight is Midnight’s mother. When you now read the last page alongside with the painting, be sure to grab a tissue.

The original art from Midnight was exhibited at the RSL Hall in Murrurundi over the weekend, alongside the local school children’s artworks inspired by our book.

Midnight- The True story of a light horse is published by Walker Books in Australia
Midnight – A True Story of Loyalty in World War I published by Candlewick Press in the US

Read more here and here.

Monday, 16 October 2017

Albany Library hosts Anzac Stories exhibition

Albany Library in Western Australia recently hosted the 'Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages' Exhibition and had this to say about the exhibition:

"I wanted to thank you for all of your hard work in getting the War Books Exhibition together!

The images and stories behind them are so fascinating and we look forward to having them on display again during the final ANZAC commemorations here in Albany.

Thank you so much for this opportunity, I wanted to share a couple of photos of the display in our Town Hall.

The students were very excited to find interesting facts and recognise books and stories that had heard about! The books featuring animals were extremely popular."

Author Dianne Wolfer getting ready to talk to children at the Town Hall where the exhibition is being held

Local Albany school children check out the Anzac Stories Exhibition