Keynote Speaker - Sally Rippin

We are very excited that bestselling children’s author, Sally Rippin, will be the keynote speaker at the Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books 2017.

Sally Rippin was born in Darwin, but grew up mainly in South-East Asia. As a young adult she lived in China for three years, studying traditional Chinese painting. She has over sixty books published, many of them award-winning, including the best-selling Billie B Brown series, which has sold more than three million copies since first published.

She has a regular program on 3RRR interviewing children’s authors and industry professionals and is the co-founder of Story Peddlers, a roving storyteller’s tent. She is a passionate ambassador for the 100 Story Building creative writing centre and has mentored many emerging writers and illustrators.

In 2017, Sally launched the first book in a new series called Polly and Buster - The Wayward Witch and The Feelings Monster and a new imprint with Bonnier Publishing called Sally Rippin Presents.

Polly and Buster

From Australia’s best-selling female author, Sally Rippin, comes Polly and Buster – a brand new junior fiction series about the magic of friendship. 
Who ever heard of a witch and a monster being friends?
Everyone knows that witches don’t mix with monsters. Witches are educated, clever, sophisticated. But monsters? Monsters are just uncouth. Some are even dangerous. 
But Polly the witch and Buster the feelings monster have been best friends forever. 
It’s the sort of friendship that makes your heart squeeze with happiness. 
Somehow, they've managed to keep their friendship a secret. 
Until one day, when everything changes...

Billie B Brown

The internationally best-selling series about the bright, funny and loveable Billie B Brown!

Billie B Brown is brave, brilliant and bold, and the star of her very own super-dooper early-reader series. Whether she’s playing soccer, learning ballet with her best friend Jack, or getting used to a new baby brother, fun and feisty Billie B Brown always has a creative way to save the day. 

Hey Jack!

In the best-selling Hey Jack! series, Billie B Brown’s best friend Jack finally gets to be the star of the show! 

The Hey Jack! early-reader series is full of down-to-earth, real-life stories for boys with big hearts and even bigger imaginations. While Jack’s best friend Billie likes to dress up, climb trees and kick a soccer ball around, Jack is quieter and a little shy. But he can be brave and bold when he wants to be! He shines in his school musical, builds excellent Lego castles and even make his own robot costumes out of cardboard boxes. 

Written by acclaimed and award-winning children's author Sally Rippin, the original Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series are favourites among kids and adults alike. Told with fun and humour, these simple but engaging stories are carefully designed with lots of illustrations and word art to provide mini-breaks for the emerging reader. There are no mountains of text or tricky words to overcome – just fun, real-world adventures!

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