Australian Backyard Explorer, written byPeter Macinnisand published by the National Library of Australia, has won the 2010 Australian Children’s Book Council’s Information Book of the Year.

The book, which won the coveted Eve Pownall Award, tells the story of the famous and not-so-famous heroes who explored the Australian continent in the first 120 years of European settlement. It is beautifully illustrated with images from the National Library of Australia’s Pictures Collection.

Director-General of the National Library Ms Jan Fullerton said she was delighted that the National Library publication, which came out last year, had been honoured in the Children’s Book Council Awards.

Australian Backyard Explorer tells some remarkable stories for Australians of all ages,” she said. “It tells tales of amazing perseverance as well as tragedy, and brings to life a colourful part of our history which both entertains and educates.

“I would like to congratulate Peter Macinnis and the talented National Library staff who were involved in the creation, design and production of this wonderful book.”

Peter Macinnis is available for interview prior to the announcement  on 20 August.
High-res images of the cover and inside images are available at:

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