Bridie’s Boots

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Phil’s book, Bridie’s Boots, illustrated by the wonderful Sara Acton and published by Working Title Press, has been awarded the honour of being named a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book for 2015.

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Three of Phil’s books presented to the Royal visitors

The Playford Library chose two of Phil’s books Bom Bah! and Nightwatch, both published by Working Title Press, to be presented to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge when they visited Playford on the 23rd of April 2014.
And Phil’s book ANZAC Biscuits,published by Scholastic, was presented to the royals by one of the survivors of the Sydney bushfires who was chosen to meet  with the visitors and talk to them about the terrifying experience.
The books were all gifts to Prince George and will hopefully find their way into the royal library!
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ANZAC Biscuits named ‘Notable Book’

Phil’s book ANZAC Biscuits has received the honour of being named a Notable Book in the picture book category of the Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

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ANZAC Biscuits shortlisted for WAYRBA

Phil’s picture book ANZAC Biscuits, illustrated by Owen Swan and published by Scholastic, has been shortlisted in the picture books category of the Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards!

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Dad’s Read

Phil has agreed to be an ambassador in South Australia for the Dad’s Read campaign run by the State Library of S.A. Check out the Dad’s Read website at
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Watch Phil talk about ‘Anzac Biscuits’

Phil talks with James from Pegi Williams Book Shop about ANZAC Biscuits and his inspiration for the book.

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Two new books available!

ANZAC Biscuits

Rachel is in the kitchen, warm and safe. Her father is in the trenches, cold and afraid. When Rachel makes biscuits for her father, she adds the love, warmth and hope that he needs.

This is a touching story of a family torn apart by war but brought together through the powerful simplicity of ANZAC Biscuits.

Night Watch
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Giraffe, Elephant, Hippo and Baboon all live by the lake, happily going about their own business until one day Giraffe spies the shadow of Lion – prowling … creeping … stalking … sneaking.

What are they to do now?

With a little Cooperation, problem solving and the developing of friendships they find a way to keep themselves safe.

Night Watch is a rhythmically raucous, read-a-loud story.

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‘Wilbur’ DVD is on the way!

Phil has recently been involved in a partnership between the Big Book Club and My Language
to create video and audio resources based on his book Wilbur illustrated by Amanda Graham. The
multilingual children’s picture book is a first of its kind in Australia with 10,000 distributed free to
new arrivals families since its release in 2010. Building on the success of the book a multilingual
video and audio resource have been developed. The result is a series of book readings available to
watch and listen to in 14 different languages. The DVD will be available to borrow in every public
library across Australia from September 2012.

And here is another reading by one of Phil’s younger fans (from

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‘Danny Allen was here’ Reprinted!

Pan Macmillan have just announced that they are re-printing Danny Allen was here.
Demand is escalating as Phil continues to tour schools so please place orders with your retailer soon to avoid disappointment.  The book is available from Pegi Williams Bookshop, Pages and More, and other dealers.
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‘Winter’s Blanket’ Out Now!

Phil’s stunning new picture book Winter’s Blanket is out now.

Illustrated by the incredible Donna Gynell, Winter’s Blanket explores the theme of anxiety. It touches on the importance of questioning and family support in finding a way through those anxious times.
It is a gentle story of innocent discovery. A story full of hope, knowing that, no matter how harsh winter can be, spring will always come.

Copies of the book are now available from Pegi Williams Bookshop

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