Amidst all the excitement of Children’s Book Week, with its revelations of brand new talent and acknowledgements of familiar favourite authors, it is good to know that some of the past winners of Children’s Book Council of Australia Awards still survive and even thrive.
In the present era, when it is often said that books have the shelf-life of milk, Possum Magic by Mem Fox and Julie Vivas has recently celebrated 35 years in print since it was first published in 1983. And on the 6th September it will be acknowledged at The Literature Centre in Fremantle that Someone Like Me, my second novel, which also won a CBC Book of the Year Award and has been published in the UK and translated into Slovenian and Italian, is now regarded as an Australian Classic. It has been continuously in print for 21 years.
Yay! Let’s have a party! And wish all of this year’s winners every success and a long career in the fascinating world of children’s books.