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Announcing our chapter-book title for 2019!

We are delighted to announce our forthcoming chapter-book title, Petal and the Really Hard Riddle, by Kathryn England, with cover and internal illustrations by David Allan. It will be  published on August 12, and is intended for readers 6-9 years old(and for younger kids too, as a read-aloud!).

We’re also delighted to reveal the cover of the book–illustration by David Allan, design by Authors’ Elves. Isn’t it gorgeous!

Here’s a bit about the story:

Petal’s father likes to boast about his daughter. According to him she can do anything. One day, a particularly over-the-top boast about her spinning skill makes its way across the land into the King’s ear and Petal is brought to the palace. The King orders Petal to demonstrate her skill. With no hope of doing what her father says she can do, Petal agrees to a deal offered by a tricky old man who will carry out the task if she can answer a really hard riddle. But surely it can’t be that hard, can it?

A lively, funny take on Rumpeltstiltskin.

About the author:

Kathryn England lives in Penrith in Sydney’s outer west. She has been a secretary, part owner of a milk run, farm hand and sales rep for a book supply company. She has had a number of children’s books published ranging from picture books and easy reads to chapter books, novels and non-fiction. Other stories and articles have appeared in children’s magazines here and overseas. Some of her stories come from her imagination while others are based on fact.

About the illustrator:

David Allan is an illustrator and artist whose first picture book, Two Trickster Tales from Russia(retold by Sophie Masson) was published by Christmas Press in 2013. Since then, he has illustrated three other acclaimed picture books for Christmas Press: Two Tales of Twins from Ancient Greece and Rome(retold by Ursula Dubosarsky, 2014); Two Tengu Tales from Japan(retold by Duncan Ball, 2015) and Two Enchanted Tales from Old China(retold by Gabrielle Wang, 2017). He has also illustrated short story anthologies, including The Stuff of Tales, published by Arts North West in 2018, and several Christmas Press anthologies, as well as storybooks for reading programs. His work is in private and public collections, and he has participated in solo and group exhibitions. www.davidallanart.com

 

 

 

Adventure, Announcements, authors, Books, celebrations, New releases

Publication day for Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night!

We are delighted to announce that today is the official publication day of our newest Eagle Books title, Simon Higgins’ fantastic adventure novel, Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night!

Beautifully-written, excitingly-paced and with a deep understanding of one of the most interesting historical periods and fascinating cultures in the world, this is a superb novel that we are very proud to publish, with its beautiful cover and internal illustrations created by Simon’s wife, artist and animator Jenny(Yuxiao) Wang.

To whet your appetite for Tomodachi: The Forest of the Night, we are thrilled to present this lively and atmospheric trailer, created by Crane Animation and scripted and narrated by Simon Higgins. Enjoy!

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Cover reveal of our new Second Look title

We have a fantastic new title, Max Fatchen’s A Pocketful of Rhymes, coming out soon in our Second Look imprint, which republishes great out of print Australian children’s books, and today are delighted to reveal the fabulous cover for the book! With lively cover and internal illustrations by Kathy Creamer, and a great introduction to Max and his work by Janeen Brian, this new edition will bring this much-loved classic collection of children’s poetry to a whole new generation of readers. It’s out on May 8.

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Thrilling news: four of our books featured in Hello from Australia!

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that four of our beautiful picture books have been selected for featured inclusion in the catalogue of the very prestigious Hello! from Australia exhibition which will be held at the famous Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, April 3-6. As well, an illustration from one of the featured books, Margrete Lamond and Ingrid Kallick’s Two Troll Tales from Norway, has been selected to be hung as part of the exhibition itself.

The four books featured in the exhibition catalogue are: Duncan Ball and David Allan’s Two Tengu Tales from Japan; Adele Geras and Fiona McDonald’s Two Fearsome Fairy Tales from France; John Heffernan and Kate Durack’s Two Tales of Brothers from Ancient Mesopotamia; and Margrete Lamond and Ingrid Kallick’s Two Troll Tales from Norway. Warm congratulations to all our wonderful creators!

You can see the catalogue here.  And below you can see the fabulous selected illustration from Two Troll Tales. Bravo, Ingrid!

Here’s more about the exhibition, from the catalogue:

Hello! From Australia is an exhibition that aims to promote Australian literary culture, drawing attention to the creativity of Australian children’s book illustrators and the diversity and excellence of the Australian Children’s Book Industry. The exhibition also aims, specifically through the catalogue, to support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights of Australian books and facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international publishers, agents and promoters. Since 2009, eight Hello! From Australia exhibitions have been curated by Books Illustrated for the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. Many have then toured to events and festivals in Australia and particularly into Asia.

 

Announcements, authors, celebrations, Competitions, Submissions

A fabulous opportunity for emerging authors in our 2017 Christmas anthology!

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Boxing Day, and of course it’s the perfect time for us to start working on our 2017 Christmas title, ‘A Christmas Menagerie’!
As usual, it will be an anthology of original Christmas stories by established and emerging authors — this time with an animal theme.
The established author spots are all filled.

BUT in an exciting opportunity, we have five emerging author spots to fill!

The stories need to be between 750-1500 words and be suitable for a 6-10 age group. They should be original, unpublished(including on blogs and websites), and ms should be in Word or RTF (not in PDF please), double-spaced, in Times New Roman 12 point.

We will be accepting submissions for twelve days ONLY, starting TODAY, the 26th of December, and ending on the 6th of January. Any submissions that arrive out of that time frame won’t be accepted.

 Send your story, as an attachment, by email only, to submissions@christmaspresspicturebooks.com , with ‘A Christmas Menagerie submission’ in the subject line, and a few lines about yourself in the body of your email.

Good luck, and happy writing!

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Lovely review of A Toy Christmas in Reading Time!

Just in time for Christmas a lovely review of A Toy Christmas has appeared in Reading Time. Here’s an extract:

The anthology is an unexpected treat – this time of year is often filled with tradition, which is lovely, but sometimes it can mean that the beauty of something different is lost in the race to maintain traditions. Christmas stories are one of those elements that could use a refresh, while maintaining the spirit of the holidays, and that’s exactly what this anthology does.

This is a book filled with modern stories, with a touch of the traditional and humorous. I didn’t expect the anthology to touch on such topics like the loss of a loved one, or that others have different Christmas traditions to celebrate. Christmas is always a joyous time of year, but these stories remind young readers about the magic of Christmas, while giving the idea of Christmas stories a modern, Australian refresh.

You can read the whole thing here. 

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Merry Christmas and happy New Year!

Illustration by Fiona McDonald, from The Dolls' Nativity, by Natalie Jane Prior.
Illustration by Fiona McDonald, from The Dolls’ Nativity, by Natalie Jane Prior.

It’s that festive time of the year again–and to all our contributors, readers, friends and supporters the Christmas Press team sends the very best of wishes for a merry Christmas and a very happy and successful New Year! Thank you all for your support throughout 2016, and here’s looking forward to a great 2017!

Pictures are from our latest title, the fabulous anthology, A Toy Christmas.

And to all emerging authors: watch this space on Boxing Day for some great news about our 2017 Christmas anthology!

Illustration by Beattie Alvarez for George Ivanoff's 'The Pudding Prize'
Illustration by Beattie Alvarez for George Ivanoff’s ‘The Pudding Prize’
Illustration by Kathy Creamer, for her own story,'What, No Christmas Toys for the children?'
Illustration by Kathy Creamer, for her own story,What, No Christmas Toys for the Children?
Illustration by David Allan for his own story, 'The Fairy Tree'
Illustration by David Allan for his own story, ‘The Fairy Tree’