IBBY USA – Taking Books to the world

IBBY USA – Taking Books to the world

I LOVE International Books for Young People – having a great time in New York – with some of the most amazing authors and illustrators from around the world. It’s a feast –

Kate DiCamillo – she’s so funky and lively and funny -the National Ambassador for Young People’ Literature USA

Kate diCamillio and Susanne Gervay USBBY Conference New York-my favourite book she wrote is ‘Because of Winn-DixieFrench illustrator Francois Place USBBY‘.

Extraordinary international illustrators – Chris Raschka, Rob Rayevsky, Gene Luen Yang, Lisbeth Zwerger, Francois Place, Paul O Zelinsky and more – Francois painted a little picture in my book.

The illustrator panel was fabulous with SCBWI’s own Laura Watkinson translates from Dutch and German  to English who flew in from Holland.

Caught up with the wonderful Ernie Bond Professor from Salisbury University Maryland where I spoke in April this year. He did a session on the Green Book Award and saving our planet through promoting environment through books.

Sally Rippin and I did an hour talk – so terrific to catch up with Sally the number one best selling Australian female author – go Sally!!! I spoke about my I AM JACK books and Butterflies which are published in the USA. Kane Miller Books publishes both Sally and me and they have been really supportive.

Doris Gebel the USBBY Conference Convenor has done an amazing job and the whole IBBY – USA team – got to rush – another day of amazing experience – looking forward to hearing David Almond speak.






I'm a writer committed to kids in particular. Adults are good too. Want to bring hope through story to my readers. Awarded an Order of Australia, Lady Cutler Award and a Lifetime International Award for Literacy for my body of work, spreading literacy is really important. I'm head of SCBWI Australia East & New Zealand, patron of Monkey Baa Theatre, Ambassador for the Premier's Reading Challenge, Writer Ambassador for Room to Read ... among other roles. I also love heritage and adapting to enhance the lives of people today, which is why I restored The Hughenden Hotel 1870s and The Residences Centennial Park - the only homes in the parklands which are open now for accommodation, events and lots of nature.


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