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Basecamp wins London Book Fair International Excellence Award

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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 

 

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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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Quirky Kid has two titles shortlisted for the LBF International Excellence Awards 2016

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We are over the moon with excitement as we have just received confirmation that Quirky Kid has been shortlisted for two ( yes 2) London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016. Four Australian titles were shortlisted this year with China leading the shortlists with five nominations and the USA and Australia not far behind with four each.

The Best of Friends™ program was shortlisted The Education Initiatives Award, together with Book Aid International (UK) for their work in Sub-Saharan Africa and United Nations – African Union Mission in Darfur (UNAMID) (Sudan).

The Power Up program was shortlisted Educational Learning Resources Award together with Kweetet (Belgium), Cambridge University Press (Australia),  SuperMemo World sp. z o.o. (Poland) The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate success in 14 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, cutting edge publishing, and ground breaking initiatives in the industry.

The awards, which are held in partnership with the UK Publishers Association (PA), celebrate success in 14 categories, representing the best publishing ambassadors, cutting edge publishing, and ground breaking initiatives in the industry.

Jacks Thomas, Director, The London Book Fair, said: “Now in their third year, the LBF International Excellence Awards are a one-stop showcase for some fantastic innovation and sheer determination to get books and content into the hands of consumers in a variety of classical and creative ways. Just looking at the shortlists makes me want to shout a big three cheers for the global publishing industry and all who work in it!”

Stephen Lotinga, Chief Executive, The UK Publishers Association, said: “These awards are going from strength to strength and demonstrates that excellence in publishing has no geographic boundary. This shortlist shows how, from the USA to China, Argentina to Turkey via France, New Zealand, Poland and of course the UK, there are no shortages of exciting developments in the book and publishing industry.”

The winners of a number of other Awards will also be presented on the night including: The Quantum Publishing Innovation Award, The Association for Publishing Education (APE) Student Awards, The IPA Freedom to Publish Prize, The LBF Trailblazer Awards and The London Book Fair Simon Master Chairman’s Award.

The London Book Fair Lifetime Achievement Award will also be presented.

The awards, which celebrate international excellence in the book industry, cover the whole scope of international publishing, including academic and scholarly publishing, children’s publishing, literary translation and digital innovation. In each award category the judging panel was made up of experts in that sector.

The LBF International Book Industry Excellence Awards will be an invite-only evening event, and will take place on Tuesday 12 April, the first day of The LBF 2016. The Awards Ceremony will be held at 6.00pm in The Conference Centre, Olympia, London. Dr. Kimberley O’Brien, principal child psychologist and Leonardo Rocker M.A will be representing Quirky Kid during the award night.

  • Fair Dates: Tuesday 12 – Thursday 14 April 2016IEA_logo_2016_shortlist_horizontal

THE LONDON BOOK FAIR

About The London Book Fair (LBF)

The London Book Fair (LBF) is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels. Taking place every spring in the world’s premier publishing and cultural capital, it is a unique opportunity to explore, understand and capitalise on the innovations shaping the publishing world of the future. LBF brings you direct access to customers, content and emerging markets. LBF 2016, the 45th Fair, will take place from Tuesday 12-Thursday 14 April 2016, Olympia London. LBF’s London Book and Screen Week will run for the third year, with the book fair as the pivotal three-day event within a seven-day programme. London Book and Screen Week will begin on Monday 11 April. In 2016, LBF’s charity of the year is First Story.

For further information, please visit: www.londonbookfair.co.uk.

The Publishers Association

The Publishers Association is the leading trade organisation serving book, journal, audio and electronic publishers in the UK. Membership comprises over 100 companies from across the consumer, academic and education sectors. Its core service is representation and lobbying, around copyright, rights and other matters relevant to members, who represent roughly 80% of the industry by turnover. www.publishers.org.uk.

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Quirky Kid in London on Developing Social and Emotional Resources

Following our successful presentation during the Chinese Children Book Fair, The Quirky Kid was invited to present at the 2016 London Book Fair.

We are looking forward to sharing our experience and insight into working with children with our colleagues in London. Our presentation is part of the Insights seminar programme comprises over 200 seminars and events, and takes place throughout the full three days of the Fair. Seminars are open to all visitors on a first-come-first-served basis, and are one hour in duration, so make sure to register.

Dr Kimberley O’Brien and Leonardo Rocker, MA will be presenting on developing and publishing social and emotional resources for classrooms and clinics.

The presentation will summarise Quirky Kid’s experience in developing SEL tools.

Supporting children’s Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) in the school setting is a challenging task for educators and school counsellors. Research shows students with well-developed social and emotional skills perform better academically, have improved attitudes, less negative behaviours and reduced emotional distress (www.casel.org).

Engaging, evidence-based SEL resources for children are paramount for improved student outcomes. Few programs combine the tools and techniques used in the clinic setting with the school curriculum. This seminar will discuss the process of developing and implementing SEL resources for schools and introduce the Quirky Kid range of materials used in clinics and classrooms around the world.

Register online

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