Susanne Gervay

Awarded the Lifetime Social Justice Literature Award for her body of work by the International Literacy Association and an Order of Australia, nominated for the Astrid Lindgren Award 2020, Susanne Gervay is recognized for her youth literature for all ages on social justice. She engages young people in complex issues from multiculturalism to peace in her picture books, middle grade and young adult books.   The I Am Jack books have become rite-of-passage on school bullying, adapted into an acclaimed play by Monkey Baa Theatre, touring Australian and US theatres. Susanne’s books are published internationally in the USA, UK, Turkey, Slovenia, Korea and other countries. She is an ambassador for Room to Read bringing literacy to the developing world, Regional Advisor of the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators, Australia East & New Zealand, Reading Ambassador for a number of associations, with her books endorsed by an array of organisations including the Cancer Council , The Alannah & Madeline Foundation, The Children’s Hospital (Westmead , Sydney), Life Education, Variety the children’s charity.

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Susanne's books are used in schools for special days and are endorsed by relevant organisations such as Life Education, Variety the Children’s charity, Cancer Council, Vision Australia etc.  

National Day of Bullying  - I Am Jack  primary school – National Day of Action Against Violence and Bullying

Harmony Day (Week) – Elephants Have Wings – K-12 -  Ships in the Field – year3-6 - 15 to 21st March -

International Women’s Day – Daisy Sunshine (primary school) and Shadows of Olive Trees (Year 10-12) – 8th March -

International Day of People with Disability – Gracie and Josh (K-2) and Butterflies (year 9-12) – 3rd December -                                

World Vision Day – The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses (K-2) – 10th October  - embargoed news that StoryBoxLibrary is doing a major promotion for this day and launch of The Boy in the Big Blue Glasses with Emma’s Wiggles book – Emma in Big Glasses.

Coming in 2021 - Heroes of the Secret Underground

Shadows of olive trees, FEM Media, 2019

I am Jack series, HarperCollins Australia

 I am Jack - CBCA Notable, Australian Family Therapist Award shortlist, WAYBRA shortlist, Children's Literature Prize for Peace, adapted into an international play by Monkey Baa Theatre.

Super Jack – The Biennial Book Award for Children's Literature, Society of Women Writers

Always Jack – Winner of Australian Family Therapist Award

Being Jack – Society of Women’s Biennial Book award for Children’s Literature

The boy in the big blue glasses, Exisle Publishing, 2019

Daisy Sunshine, National Museum of Australia, 2014

Elephants have wings, Ford Street Publishing, 2014

Gracie and Josh, Ford Street Publishing, 2013

Ships in the field, Ford Street Publishing, 2012

CBCA Notable Early Childhood and Picture Book

That's why I wrote this song, HarperCollins Australia, 2007

Shortlisted for WAYBRA Awards, winner of San Francisco Book Festival Award, Young Adult Category

The cave, HarperCollins Australia, 2002

The Biennial Book Award for YA Literature, Society of Women Writers

Butterflies, HarperCollins Australia, 2001

Banks Street College Award for Excellence YA (USA);

International Board on Books for Young People Outstanding Youth Literature on Disability Honour book (IBBY);

Winner New York Book Festival Award; WAYBA short list