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Hardie Grant Egmont congratulates shortlisted authors and illustrators


The team at Hardie Grant Egmont is leaping for joy and bursting with pride as we congratulate our authors and illustrators shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2014.


Picture Book of the Year

Parachute by Danny Parker and Matt Ottley (illus)


Early Childhood

The Swap by Jan Ormerod and Andrew Joyner (illus)

Banjo and Ruby Red by Libby Gleeson and Freya Blackwood (illus)


Older Readers

Life in Outer Space by Melissa Keil


Reprints of all four titles will be available 20th June.

To order copies of any of these lovely titles, please contact Random House.


For all media enquiries, please contact Kate Brown katebrown@hardiegrant.com.au

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