I am extremely excited and humbled to be shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council Australia Eva Pownall Award for Information Books for 2020. I am beside myself with joy to also have my book shortlisted by the Wilderness Society for the Environmental Award for Children’s Literature 2020. In both cases my book sits alongside some very impressive titles indeed and I congratulate all the other authors, illustrators and the publishing teams that are represented by these awards.
Most importantly, I hope that this translates to a huge boost for the environment as children, their parents, and teachers, enjoy my book and are inspired to both engage with nature and actively protect it.
I would like to thank the CSIRO for their support, faith and guidance in steering this book from a seed to a flourishing tree – especially Briana Melideo, Lauren Webb, Kath Kovac, and Melinda Chandler. A huge high-five to the wonderful Astred Hicks for her beautiful illustrations (seen on this page), and the amazing photographers who contributed their gob-smackingly fabulous photos for the book.
This book rides on the very tall shoulders of the scientists and researchers who dedicate their careers to understanding our amazing biodiversity – my book could only exist thanks to the work that you do!
Lastly, a humongous thanks to my ever-supportive family and friends – super-special mention to my ‘Rocks’; Tim, Ella, Zari, Mum, The Casho’s et al., and The Snitzel’s – Sister Snitzel being the instigator for this whole journey.