Introducing Sally Murphy
Sally Murphy is a mother, wife, teacher, speaker, website manager, reviewer, and, of course, author. She was born in Perth and now lives in Dalyellup, Western Australia. In 2001 she decided to dedicate herself to her dream of becoming a children's author and has now published 28 books. As well as writing for children Sally is also a children's book reviewer who runs the review site www.aussiereviews.com. Her first illustrated verse novel with Walker Books Australia,Pearl Verses the World (illustrated by Heather Potter) won the children's book category for the Indie Book of the Year awards, 2009; was awarded Honour Book in the Younger Readers category, Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010; and won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2010, Best Book for Language Development, Upper Primary (8-12 years). Toppling (illustrated by Rhian Nest James) has won the Queensland Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Book - Mary Ryan's Award, 2010 and the Children's Book for the 2010 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards. It has also been short-listed for the 2010 Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year Awards, Upper Primary category and the 2011 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards, Younger Readers Notable Books.
Sally Murphy's website: www.sallymurphy.com.au
Introducing Sonia Kretschmar
The child of German immigrants, Sonia first developed an appreciation of illustration through the story books sent to her by her grandmother. So at the age of four she decided to become an illustrator after she successfully drew her first duck. She went on to study Visual Communication at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology. Sonya’s work has appeared in many magazines and books, including the award-winning Tensy Farlow and the Home for Mislaid Children (Penguin) written by Jen Storer. Sonia is based in Melbourne, Australia. In 2011 Sonia was a finalist in the Archibald Prize, for her portrait of author Cassandra Gold.
Sonia's website: www.soniak.com
Do Not Forget Australia
Author: Sally Murphy
Illustrator: Sonia Kretschmar
Publisher: Walker Books Australia
Australian RRP $29.99
Available in good bookstores or online.
Teacher Notes available here
More teaching ideas on Sally's blog here.
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