Must have news for all authors and illustrators – with Rory H Mather

Interview with Rory H Mather

Our first guest today has his finger on the pulse and his ear to the ground when it comes to knowing what’s hot, who’s got a new book, what events are out there, and everything an aspiring author or illustrator needs to keep up to speed with. Today, he’s here to celebrate achievements, look at what’s happening, and how to get involved in all things Kidlit. It’s Rory H Mather.

New Releases:

Alpaca Picnic Panic by Matt Cosgrove

I feel the world by Zanni Louise and Ameika Johnson and illustrated by Nia Gould.

Crystal Kite Awards:

 The Winner is … Heroes of the Secret Underground by @susanne_gervay


Mertails by Rebecca Timmis – a new video game and a new book series.

The Cardboard Box –  a site for illustrators.

Hayley in the Library

Our next guest is another friend of the show, she’s an all-important teacher librarian. I say all-important because we are a huge fan of teacher librarians on this show.

These are the amazing people on the front line doing the most amazing work getting kids of various ages and backgrounds interested in books. And, from an author or illustrators’ point of view, it’s so important to know what kids are reading, why they’re reading what they are and what gets them fired up about books. So, please welcome Hayley in the Library.

Top 5 Borrowed Books:

1 – A Wild Life – a berry long walk by Philip and Laura Bunting

2 – Family Forest by Kim Kane

3 – Busy Beaks by Sarah Allen

4 – Family Tree – Josh Pyke and Ronojoy Ghosh

5 – Vote For Me by Krys Saclier and Cathy Wilcox


Hello and welcome by @greggdreise
Baby Business by @jasmineseymour
In your dreams by @sallymorgan and @bronwynbancroft
Our home our heartbeat by @adambriggs
Benny Bungarra’s Big Bush Clean Up by @sallymorgan and @amberlinkwaymullina

National simultaneous storytime flyer

This year NSS takes place on Wednesday 25 May 2022 at 11:00am and we would love it if you could join us! Everyone can join NSS, it doesn’t matter whether you are at home, a school, a public library or even a university library! 

Register to participate  – (it’s free)

On Monday 23 May 2022 we will send you a variety of electronic downloads to support your NSS event. Please note, digital presentations of the book will only be available until Friday 27 May 2022.

National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) is held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA). Every year a picture book, written and illustrated by an Australian author and illustrator, is read simultaneously in libraries, schools, pre-schools, childcare centres, family homes, bookshops and many other places around the country. 

Now in its 22nd successful year, it is a colourful, vibrant, fun event that aims to promote the value of reading and literacy, using an Australian children’s book that explores age-appropriate themes, and addresses key learning areas of the National Curriculum for Foundation to Year 6.

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