A Review of "Our Island" July 01 2014, 1 Comment

Our Island

The children of Gununa,
Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey
Penguin 2014


Our island lies beneath a big blue sky,
surrounded by the turquoise sea.
Turtles glide through the clear salt water.
And dugongs graze on the banks of seagrass…

And so begins the text of a most stunning pictorial book about Mornington Island, the largest of the Wellesley group in the Gulf of Carpentaria, the result of a collaboration by the children of Gununa – the main township- and Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey. Focusing on the stunning wildlife that inhabits both land and sea, the illustrations have been done by the children of Mornington Island State School using wax crayons and food dye wash.  This makes the focal point of the pictures stand out against the background which blurs and blends as dyes do and the landscape does. Beginning with the sunrise and following through the day until the ghost crabs make patterns on the sand, the local dogs sing to the moon and the island finally sleeps, this is a celebration of life in a unique environment where the connection between the land and life is almost indivisible.  

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This review was provided by Barbara Braxton. Barbara is a Teacher/Librarian. You can read more of Barbara's worke here ...

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Why books are a big deal. June 27 2014, 1 Comment

Author and illustrator Alison Lester loves that her job involves making story books not just for children but WITH them. Alison's work has resulted in some amazing artwork and publication of new books by the children themselves. Some artwork from Alison's student's is shown below.

Alison's recently discussed her work with young artists on the ABC web site ...

"I've been writing and illustrating children's books for about 35 years.
My picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life and encourage children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. I am an Australian Children's Laureate (2012-2013) and my most recent picture books include Running With the Horses, a story based on the evacuation of the world-famous Lipizzaner horses from the Spanish Riding School in Vienna during the second world war; One Small Island, about the life and times of a World Heritage Listed island; Sophie Scott Goes South about a little girl's voyage to Antarctica; and Kissed by the Moon, a lyrical lullaby for small babies celebrating a child's wonder at the natural world. I live on a farm in the Victorian countryside."

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CBC Shortlist for Kissed by the Moon April 15 2014, 0 Comments

Great News, Alison's most recent title "Kissed by the Moon" has been shortlisted for book of the Year for young readers. For more information on the nominations click on the image below:


Book of the Year: Nominations for Younger Readers were as follows:

  • Violet Mackerel's Possible Friend (Anna Branford, illus by Sarah Davis, Walker Books)
  • Song for a Scarlet Runner (Julie Hunt, A&U)
  • A Very Unusual Pursuit (Catherine Jinks, A&U)
  • My Life as an Alphabet (Barry Jonsberg, A&U)
  • Light Horse Boy (Dianne Wolfer, illus by Brian Simmonds, Fremantle Press)



'Kissed by the Moon' has been shortlisted for @OZBooksellers Award. March 12 2014, 0 Comments

The shortlist for this year’s Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) Nielsen BookData Booksellers Choice Award has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

  • Burial Rites (Hannah Kent, Picador)
  • Eyrie (Tim Winton, Hamish Hamilton)
  • Girt: The Unauthorised History of Australia (David Hunt, Black Inc.)
  • Kissed by the Moon (Alison Lester, Viking) 
  • The Narrow Road to the Deep North (Richard Flanagan, Vintage)
  • The Rosie Project (Graeme Simsion, Text).

ABA members will now have the opportunity to vote for their favourite shortlisted title. The winner will be announced during the ABA conference on 18 May in Melbourne. The award recognises Australian new-release titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading, marketing and handselling during the past year. Last year’s award was presented to The Light between Oceans by M L Stedman (Vintage).


Sophie Scott Goes South December 04 2013, 0 Comments

The Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) Education Institute partnered with Speech Pathology Australia for the second year to host their Book of the Year Awards at the RCH 

Authors Claire Saxby (Seadog), Alison Lester (Sophie Scott Goes South), Morris Gleitzman (After) and Melanie Prewett (Two Mates) received Speech Pathology Australia’s 2013 Best Books for Language and Literacy Development awards.