Books for children – on the ABC’s Bookshow

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ABC Radio’s Book Show on the 22nd August was about Books for Children. The presenter Peter Mares’ guests were the award-winning writer Sonya Hartnett, children’s literature specialist Professor John Stephens and illustrator and author Tina Matthews discuss writing for children. There was quite a lot of discussion about the books that the authors read as children, books that shape identity and current literature.

55 minutes long, the podcast will be only be available online for a short time and is well worth listening to.

From the ABC Site: Sonya Hartnett is the author of The Ghost’s Child which has just won the 2008 Children’s Book Council Award for older readers. She has also written several other award winning novels for children and adults, including The Silver Donkey and Of A Boy.

Professor John Stevens is a children’s literature specialist from Macquarie University in Sydney.
Winner of the 2007 International Brothers Grimm Award recognising the work of scholars who have produced an outstanding body of research into children’s literature.

Tina Matthews an Illustrator and author of Out of The Egg, a picture book aimed at 4-8 year olds which won the First Book award at the recent New Zealand Post Book Awards.