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Basecamp wins London Book Fair International Excellence Award

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Following our twin nomination to the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards, our shortlisting for the Australian Book Design Awards, I was honoured to receive the Educational Initiative Award in London last night, on behalf of the Quirky Kid team.

We’re the only Australian publisher to take home an award. The experience of receiving such recognition on the international stage was like no other. It is so rewarding when your team is recognised for their creative efforts and, especially when creative work of significant social impact and importance.

The Educational Initiatives Award –  for organisations which have produced an innovative and exciting new initiative that increases education provision and effectiveness, and wider access to learning  – went to Quirky Kid’s initiative, Basecamp®.

Basecamp® takes kids on a journey through a fictional national park to help explore their emotions, especially related to anxiety. The judges commented:

Now more than ever children and families need resources like Quirky Kid’s Basecamp. This engaging, child-centred approach would make a real difference in building children’s resilience”.

Jacks Thomas, Director of The London Book Fair, said: “The International Excellence Awards are a reminder of the magnificent work being done in publishing by creative groups of people all around the world. From translators in Serbia and librarians in Latvia to psychologists in Australia and literary agents in Spain, these awards showcase the diverse talent working in the publishing industry today. It has been a pleasure and honour to celebrate these individuals and organisations here at The London Book Fair, in the creative capital of the world.”

This award represents the international recognition of the important work conducted by Quirky Kid in enhancing the delivery of educational resources for mental health for children and young people.

 

About Basecamp

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities to overcome anxiety.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park and with the support of the Park Rangers, participants are invited to let go of excess baggage as they make their way into the wilderness. Together they tackle the task of rehabilitating the occupants of an Animal Sanctuary by putting an end to avoidance. Afterall, facing your fears is empowering when you know how!

You can view the full list of this year’s International Excellence winners here.

Media Coverage

Read more about the media coverage of BaseCamp® so far:

  1. The article in the Sydney Morning Herald.
  2. The article in the Illawarra Mercury.
  3. The Books&Publishing Junior Newsletter Article
  4. The Books& Publishing News Article
  5. The London Book Fair Announcement 

 

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Basecamp @ the Book Design Awards 2018

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

In what is a great privilege, Quirky Kid has been nominated for the Longlist for the 66th Australian Book Design Awards 2018! for our submission for Basecamp.

The Australian Book Design Awards celebrate the bravest and brightest, the most original and beautiful books published in Australia each year over 16 categories. With a panel of 7 judges made up of prestigious designers and publishers, the awards are an opportunity to celebrate beautiful Australian literature  – and we’re so proud to be amongst the other amazing titles. 

The Shortlist will be announced on Monday 9 April and the winners of the Australian Book Design Awards will be announced at the Awards Party on Friday 25 May at The Craft & Co in Melbourne.

The awards evening will also include the announcement of The Designers’ Choice awards that ABDA members vote for on the night.

  • The Hachette Designers’ Choice Book of the Year
  • The Booktopia Designers’ Choice Cover of the Year
  • The McPherson’s Printing Group Designers’ Choice Children’s/YA Cover of the Year

Download the Longlist here.

About Basecamp

We feel that Basecamp® is an incredible artwork. Every page was carefully designed to communicate with our users in a unique and interesting way. Navigating through the 182 pages of Basecamp is an adventure full of surprises.

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team. BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities.

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park. Children are invited on a journey to explore themed settings, team up with a support crew of experienced guides and interact with park animals, all intended to help them tackle the challenges of managing and overcoming anxiety.

 

The program and resource were also shortlisted for two international awards at the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018

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Basecamp® Shortlisted for Two International Excellence Awards in London

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Basecamp, anxiety program for kids is shot-listed for London Book Fair International Awards

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We are proud to announce we are the winners of the 2018 Educational Learning Resources Award at the London  Book Fair International Excellence Awards, for our anxiety program Basecamp®.

The awards held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate excellence in seventeen categories, including international publishing, bookselling, academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. In each award category, the judging panel was comprised of experts in that sector.

Anxiety disorders are some of the most common psychological disorders in children and adolescents. This award continues to emphasise the importance of an Educational Initiative like Basecamp, that teaches children effective anxiety management strategies.


 

Overnight we received some amazing news! Basecamp® – our new anxiety program –  was shortlisted for two (yep that’s right, two) international Awards at the London  Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2018.

The awards held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate excellence in seventeen categories, including international publishing, bookselling, academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. In each award category, the judging panel was comprised of experts in that sector.

Basecamp® was shortlisted for:

  • The Educational Initiatives Award  (for organisations  which have produced an innovative and exciting new initiative that increases education provision and effectiveness, and wider access to learning), and
  • The Educational Learning Resources Award supported by The China Publishing & Media Journal.

About Basecamp

BaseCamp® is an innovative anxiety program for children aged 7 to 12 years. Developed by the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities to overcome anxiety.  

BaseCamp® is based in a fictional Australian National Park and with the support of the Park Rangers, participants are invited to let go of excess baggage as they make their way into the wilderness. Together they tackle the task of rehabilitating the occupants of an Animal Sanctuary by putting an end to avoidance. Afterall, facing your fears is empowering when you know how!

Quirky Kid® is committed to creating the best social and emotional learning programs in the world. You can find out more about Basecamp® online.

About The Awards

This is not the first time Quirky Kid® has been shortlisted for the International Excellence Awards. In 2016 The Best of Friends® and Power Up were also shortlisted for awards in London.  Since then, The Best of Friends® has been used in a variety of schools and clinics in Australia and Power Up has been sold to over 500 users in 12 countries. See SMH Article.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said:

“the impressive developments of the industry are illustrated by the fantastic achievements of all the nominees – their determination and passion to bring books to a wider audience through their initiatives is inspiring. I’m delighted to welcome the shortlistees to The London Book Fair in April to give them a platform to showcase their success”.

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive, the Publishers Association, said:

“this is a brilliant shortlist that exemplifies the global nature of the publishing industry”.

Quirky Kid® will attend the London Book Fair and Bologna Children’s Book Fair.  Please contact us to find out more about our programs and resources.

 

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QK @ Bologna Book Fair 2018

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Image from a Quirky Kid book called The Best of Friends with boy on his bedroom.

Quirky Kid is heading back to Bologna for the 2018 Children’s Book Fair! Continuing our success on the international stage from the Bologna Book fair in 2014 and 2015, Chinese Children Book Fair in 2015, the London Book Fair in 2016, and the Frankfurt Book Fair in 2013 and  2017, we are excited to join our colleagues from around the world to network, learn, share, and be inspired.

About the Bologna Children’s Book Fair

With over 50 years of innovative events, the Annual Bologna Book Fair is the world’s largest children’s book trade fair. With a focus on illustration and innovative content, we are proud to be part of the Hello! from Australia stand for 2018. This annual event brings together publishers and leading figures from Italian and International publishing to discuss innovative and current trends, discuss new ideas, and learn about new perspectives on publishing from over 100 countries.

Quirky Kid in Action

We love broadening and strengthening our skill sets and learning more about publishing from leading industry experts. Our attendance at this event is a great way to spread the positive Quirky Kid messages, and promote our evidence-based therapeutic tools, such as The Best of Friends®, BaseCamp® and PowerUp™  to a wide audience. We are currently partnering with the University of Wollongong to evaluate the efficacy of our innovative  The Best of Friends® program, centered around our Award Winning Book. We are excited to showcase this research and show how our therapeutic tools are supported by our published work.

We’ll also be showcasing our new production: Basecamp.

Our resources are currently sold globally including in Canada, the USA and Singapore. We are keen to expand their reach to more markets and improve more children’s lives through our engaging and innovative educational developmental programs.

Quirky Kid has many new resources under development and we are keen to create a big impact on the Social,  Emotional and Educational sector. You can find out more about The Quirky Kid Resources on our website or at our publishing page.

Meet with us

This year we have our own stand, so come and meet with us in the Australian Collective Hall 25, Aisle 8, Stand 66.

  • Check out collective catalogue https://issuu.com/booksillustrated/docs/helloaust2018issuu/42
    Join us at the Australian Party on 26 March Wednesday, from 5.30pm to 6.30pm \

Thank you for the Australian government for their support.

We will be sharing our time at the fair on our social feeds including Facebook, and Twitter. Follow us now to join in our time at the Fair.

 

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Research Study 2018 – The Best of Friends Program

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The Quirky Kid Clinic and The University of Wollongong are proud to announce a new research collaboration testing the life-changing potential of clinic-based and school-based social and emotional learning programs. The research study will evaluate the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program in building children’s social and emotional competencies.

Term 2 Intake Update

Term 2 sessions are now available in Nowra, Wollongong and Austinmer. The session will start on Thursdays 3rd of May starting at 4:15 or 4:30 pm. Applications close 5th of March – hurry.

Apply Now

How will the study run?

Parents and children are invited to apply. The study will involve weekly one-hour group sessions, taking place over the course of ten weeks. Sessions will be delivered by trained facilitators and will cover topics around self-awareness and self-management, social awareness, and social management. The weekly sessions will be available in Sydney, Austinmer and at the Early Start Centre at the University of Wollongong.

How does my child take part?

We are currently recruiting children between the ages of 7-11 years, who are typically-developing, and who struggle to make or maintain friendships, manage social situations and regulate their emotions are eligible to take part in this study. To apply and receive the complete Parent Information Sheet please please visit apply at http://bof.quirkykid.com.au/research or call us for more information.

Children who meet the selection criteria, and who have parental consent, will be randomly allocated (like drawing a number out of a hat) to either an intervention or a control group, and parents will be contacted with further information.

Who has approved it?

This study has been granted ethics approval by Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network Human Research Ethics Committee with approval number ‘HREC/17/SCHN/331’.

Please call us for more information  and to find out more about participating in the research.

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