Alison Lester is a popular and best-selling writer and illustrator of children's books, and has won many awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book Award for Thing by Robin Klein (OUP), and Honour Book for The Journey Home (OUP). Over her twenty-one year career she has produced such classics as the Clive Eats Alligators series, Magic Beach, Imagine and My Farm, and she also writes novels, including The Quicksand Pony and the Bonnie and Sam series with Roland Harvey. Her picture book, Are We There Yet?, won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2005, and Running with the Horses was an Honour Book in the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.
Her most recent titles include Noni the Pony, Once Small Island created in collaboration with Coral Tulloch and Sophie Scott Goes South, inspired by her travels to Antarctica and the Kids Antarctic Art Project.
Sophie Scott Goes South was recently awarded the prestigious White Raven Status at the Bologna Childrenâ€™s Book Fair and is on the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Short List.
In October 2013 Penguin Books released her most recent title Kissed by the Moon; part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world.
Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.
Alison is also an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Boori Monty Pryor
Boori Monty Pryor was born in North Queensland. His father is from the Birrigubba of the Bowen region and his mother from Yarrabah (near Cairns), a descendant of the Kungganji and Kukuimudji. Boori has worked in film, television, modeling, sport, music and theatre-in-education. He has written several award-winning books with Meme McDonald including Maybe Tomorrow, My Girragundji, The Binna Binna Man and Njunjul the Sun. His picture book collaboration with Jan Ormerod, Shake a Leg, won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction in 2011.
Boori's stories are about finding strength within to deal with the challenges without, and his skill is to create positive visions of the future for both Indigenous and all Australians.