Rainforest Rescue Shortlisted Major Award

Rainforest Rescue Shortlisted in Major Award

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

Today, Steve Tyrrell co-author of Song Bird Rainforest Rescue flashed me a letter announcing our shortlisting.

I shook my head, in total disbelief. ‘What’s this?’ I said.

‘We’re shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Australia, Book of the Year awards!’ Steve grinned.


I’m so excited and honoured  Song Bird Rainforest Rescue is shortlisted for children eight to ten. Congratulations to Trevor Salter, the illustrator.

Thanks to all my critique buddies over at Write Links, who supported this book.

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

What’s the Speech Pathology Book of the Year awards?

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards promotes 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 appeal to children, interactive quality and ability to assist speech pathologists and parents in communication and literacy development.

What’s Song Bird Rainforest Rescue about?

Song Bird Rainforest Rescue is the third book in the Song Bird series.

Digital Future Press is the publisher.  Karen Tyrrell and Steve Tyrrell are the authors.

Song Bird Rainforest Rescue empowers children to live strong and care for the rainforest.

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

Themes: Rainforests, Gondwana, Australian mythical creatures, indigenous, environment, friendship, disability, STEM science and resilience.


Gondwana Rainforest is dying.

Mythical creatures materialize.

Kids disappear.

Song Bird travels to when time began,

 to battle her enemies.

Can Song Bird unlock the secret before the world ends?

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

Who reviewed Song Bird Rainforest Rescue?

Children’s Book Council of Australia ‘Highly Recommended’ it.

Action packed, unexpected twists, strong courageous role models.’

Who supports Song Bird Rainforest Rescue?

Queensland Parks and Wildlife supports it, providing resources for schools.

Congratulations to all those who were shortlisted.

I can’t wait to hear the winners in November!

Where’s Song Bird Rainforest Rescue available?


Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository · Angus & Robertson · Digital Future Press

Rainforest Rescue shortlisted

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4 comments to Rainforest Rescue Shortlisted Major Award

  • Steve Tyrrell

    Congratulations Karen , the look on your face was priceless , how good is this ! Rainforest Rescue was definitely one of the books we had the most fun writing. I love the parts about aboriginal folklore interweaving into the Gondwana story. So first a highly recommended from the Children’s Book Council, and now this. We know kids love our Song Bird books, even if we don’t take out any other awards, we’ve won anyway. Fly high and far Song Bird AKA Karen Tyrrell !!

  • Steve,
    When you shoved that email in my face this morning, I couldn’t comprehend it.
    Walking on air today. Still don’t believe it … Karen x

  • Congratulations, Karen. That’s awesome!

  • Thanks Norah for being so excited for me!
    Karen x

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