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Basecamp® wins at The 66th Book Designer Awards


Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

On Friday evening we were thrilled to take home the Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards for BaseCamp®.

The awards celebrate Australia’s bravest and brightest works in over 16 categories. With 355 entries, we were honoured to be recognised alongside other beautiful books published throughout Australia last year. We had a wonderful evening getting to learn, share ideas, and mingle with some of Australia’s top publishers and designers.

The Judges commented that Basecamp® was:

“a really wonderful example of what a book in this category can be” – “fun, engaging and sophisticated while still being accessible”.

The Judges also loved the amazing design concept commenting that the:

“strong, considered use of colour and typography the textured vector illustrations and the interactive elements” gave it an edge, “making it a book that I think children will want to return to again and again”.


The panel of 7 Judges consisted of prestigious designers and publishers, who carefully judged submissions through two rounds. After viewing submission digitally and creating a long list, Judges viewed entries ‘in the flesh’ to create a short list of finalists. The other amazing titles shortlisted in our category were:

  • Nelson Product Design & Technology VCE 4e
    Designer: Jennai Lee Fai
    Publisher: Cengage
  • Tapis Volant 1 Student Book 4th edition
    Designer: Cover Design: Studio Pounce, Creative & Cover Art Direction: Danielle Maccarone
    Publisher: Cengage
  • The Cosmic Adventures of Alice and Bob
    Designer: Aṡka
    Publisher: CAASTRO – Arc Centre of Excellence for All-Sky Astrophysics

We loved meeting the Designers and Publishers of these books and were impressed by how beautiful and informative the books of our fellow shortlisted titles were. We were honoured to be shortlisted for these amazing titles and delighted to take out the award when the standard of entries was so high.

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.

Winner of the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards for the Educational Initiative Awards and also shortlisted for the Educational Resources Awards also in London, Basecamp® is impressing judges and parents worldwide.

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.

We are really proud to add The Best Designed Educational Primary/Secondary Book award at the Australian Book Designer Awards as one of our achievements

Start Using BaseCamp Today

If you are interested in BaseCamp® for your child, school or clinic, get in touch today.

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.

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Basecamp wins London Book Fair International Excellence Award


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 creating 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 



Shortlisted: Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award 2016

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Speech Pathology Book of the Year

We are once again filled with pride and excitement to announce that our Social and Emotional Learning title, The Best of Friends, has been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award, 2016. There were 154 books nominated for this year’s awards and these titles are now being judged against criteria relevant to each category by a panel of experts in oral language and literacy development.

The winners in the five categories will be announced on Thursday, 13 October 2016.

About Speech Pathology Australia

Speech Pathology Australia is the national peak body for the speech pathology profession in Australia. Speech pathologists are university trained allied health professionals with expertise in the assessment and treatment of communication and/or swallowing difficulties, with whom we work in conjunction with in many cases here at Quirky Kid.

About the Award

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards has been running for 13 years to date and aims to promote quality Australian books that help children get the best, most literate start in life. Books are awarded for “Best Book for Language and Literacy Development” in the following categories:

  • Birth to 3 years
  • 3 to 5 years
  • 5 to 8 years
  • 8 to 10 years
  • Indigenous Children.

Each book is judged on its visual appeal and interactive quality. Notably, are the books are also judged on their ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development and ofter present the following characteristics

  • Has a strong narrative format.
  • Contains characters that appeal to the intended audience.
  • Encourages the reader to explore new ideas and concepts
  • Encourages the development of imagination and curiosity
  • Uses appropriate language
  • Is engaging
  • The Text is well presented

To find out more abut The Best of Friends, please visit http://bof.quirkykid.com.au


Hello Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Bologna Children’s Book Fair

New QK Book selected for ‘Hello! from Australia’ exhibition and catalogue at Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2015.

Oz authors and illustrators in the 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition Illustrations from 32 books have been selected out of 109 submissions from 24 Australian publishers for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. We are extremely proud to have our book, The Best of Friends as one of the selected title! This is the second recognition we received for our publishing work this year. 

The works, which celebrate and promote the vibrancy and variety of Australia’s children’s book illustrators and publishing, will be showcased at the 2015 Bologna Children’s Book Fair. The exhibition is the seventh annual display of Australian children books to be displayed at the fair, and is an initiative of the Australian Publishers Association created in partnership with Books Illustrated, funded by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

The exhibition aims to:

  • support publishers in the promotion and sale of rights
  • facilitate contact between Australian publishers and international agents and promoters
  • promote Australian culture internationally, and
  • draw attention to the diversity and depth of Australian children’s books.

Previous Bologna exhibitions of Hello! from Australia have received an enthusiastic afterlife at other book festivals and fairs, including presentations at:

  • Paju Bookcity in South Korea;
  • the National Youth and Children’s Library, Seoul;
  • the Korea Foundation Cultural Gallery, Seoul;
  • the inaugural International Illustration Concours on Nami Island, Korea; and
  • the Capital Library Beijing, China, as part of Australian Writers Week.

A highlight of the 2015 fair will be the presence of the Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French who will give the opening speech at the Australia Party and be part of the second international Children’s Laureate Summit in Bologna. The Catalogue will soon be available here.

Our title, The Best of Friends will be available Mid 2015.


Power Up wins at Educational Publisher’s Awards Australia 2014

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Posted on by Leonardo Rocker (Quirky Kid Staff)

Power Up performance program for young people

Last night, during the sold out ceremony for 21st annual Educational Publishing awards at the State Library of Victoria Power Up!, our performance psychology resource, was awarded the Best Student Resource (Primary) under the Arts/Humanities category. 

The judged praised our resource as follow:

Power Up is a target product that has wide appeal an application. It is unique in its approach in helping students enhance performance to achieve success by identifying and improving cognitive strategies. Clearly presented, well-designed and practical in its application. it delivers contemporary and relatable video content”.

Our team, Kimberley O’Brien (principal Educational and Development Psychologist), Leonardo Rocker (Publisher and Business Manager) and Lisa Diebold (Designer) were proud to receive the award from Senator the Hon. Scott Ryan Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Education and Senator for Victoria, who was officially representing the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, Minister for Education.

The awards is a significant achievement for our growing educational publishing house and confirms the amazing quality and innovation of our resources and products. We are a very proud team this week!

The ceremony was led by by Michael Gordon Smith, Chief Executive of the Australian Publishers AssociationAPA) and provided participants with inspiring and challenging speeches by David Barnett, Managing Director, Pearson Australia. and David Howes – Executive Director, Curriculum, Victorian Curriculum and Assessment Authority. We also heard from Murray St Leger, Chief Executive Officer, Copyright Agency and Cliff Brigstocke, Chief Executive Officer, OPUS Group.

Australian’s largest educational and most successful publishers like Pearson, Cambridge University Press, Oxford University Press Macmillan Education Australia took home many awards.The full list winners is available in the EPAA catalogue 2014.

Our contented focus and commitment

Quirky Kid has a refreshed enthusiasm and focus to continue developing innovative resources for the educational sector in Australia and overseas. We have two more incredible resources in the pipeline and can’t wait to share those with you.

We would like to thank our clients and colleagues for their support and encouragement. We also invite schools and colleagues interested in offering this resources for their students and clients to get in touch with us.  We are very happy to come to you and demonstrate how this resource can contribute to your students psychological support.

Offering Power Up!

You can purchase and find our more about Power Up! in the following websites:

You can also become an affiliate by registering here.

You can become a Power Up Facilitator by completing the registration from online

If you would like to offer this resources for your students, please contact us to discuss our school licenses.

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