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Cover to Cover for Kids - Episode 32
Guests: Jan Nicholls & Jennifer Jackson

Kids LTRL 2017

In this episode two guests join Meri to discuss the great Western Australian children's books published in 2017.

Her guests are Jan Nicholls, President of the Children's Book Council (WA), and Jennifer Jackson, Director of Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts. They each chose three favourite books to recommend: a picturebook; a junior fiction title and a YA novel.

The titles discussed are:

  • Young Art Series (At the Beach I see, Kamsani Bin Salleh and At the Zoo I see, Robyn Wells, illust. Joshua Button)
  • 1, 2, Pirate Stew, Kylie Howarth
  • A is for Australian Animals, Frané Lessac
  • Drawn Onward, Meg McKinlay, illust. Andrew Frazer
  • To the Lighthouse, Cristy Burne
  • Lintang and the Pirate Queen, Tamara Moss
  • Before You Forget, Julia Lawrinson

The books discussed are just a few of the dozens of great children's books created by Western Australians in 2017. We've created a more comprehensive list in a brochure called 'Kids Love to Read Local: Homegrown in Western Australia in 2017'. You can read the content online here.

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Meri Fatin dressed by Megan Salmon.

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Book Review - Before You Forget (Penguin Books Australia)

Established young adult author Lawrinson takes on new ground in this tragi-comic exploration of the impact of early-onset Alzheimer's on a family. Told through the eyes of Year 12 art student Amelia, the story is unflinching in its description of the effects of this heartbreaking disease, but leavened throughout with heart and humour. As Amelia navigates the difficult terrain of adolescence, she must also come to terms with her father's personality change, erratic behaviour, and subsequent diagnosis, and renegotiate her relationship with both parents as family dynamics shift. A wry, resilient character, Amelia is above all realistically drawn – at once angry and sad, short-tempered and tender as she tries to find a place for herself within an experience that makes little space for the young. As well as shining a clear light on an important topic, Before You Forget is a compelling story full of compassion, tightly and beautifully told.

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