So I’m referring to the phenomenon of one closing as another opens hence on the back of a recent rejection I’ve just received the news that The Croc and the Platypus has been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. So I am now, once again, feeling very grateful and humble at being in such terrific company. Please go here for the complete shortlist.
Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:
- Birth to 3 years
- 3 to 5 years
- 5 to 8 years (you’ll find The Croc and the Platypus here)
- 8 to 10 years
- Indigenous Children.
Each book is judged on its appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development. Learn more about the selection criteria for the Book of the Year Awards.
I’m reminded of the lyrics from the Alanis Morissette song Ironic…
Well life has a funny way of sneaking up on you
When you think everything’s okay and everything’s going right
And life has a funny way of helping you out when
You think everything’s gone wrong and everything blows up
In your face
So if you have a rhyming manuscript, be it a poem or a story in verse, that just won’t behave itself, send it over and I’ll soon whip it into shape.
Thanks to everyone for all your support and encouragement over the years, particularly Walker Books who really have made this journey a wonderful one.