This year Read for Australia will be held on Wednesday 31 July at 2pm AEST. Students in schools across the country are invited to participate in a mass read of the book selected for Read for Australia. This year’s book is… Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon!
Set in New York, this gorgeous picture book is a story about friendship, life in the big city, and following your dreams.
This is a tale about a big city.
It’s a tale of hotdogs and music and the summertime subway breeze.
It’s a tale of singing on rooftops and toffees that stick to your teeth.
But most of all, it’s the tale of Herman and Rosie.
Gus Gordon has written and illustrated over 70 books for children. Gus grew up on a farm in northern NSW and, after leaving school, worked on cattle stations all over Australia before deciding to pursue a career in drawing. Gus’s illustrations are known for their loose and energetic line work, mixed media and humour. His writing is always anthropomorphic—where animals take the place of humans in the narrative. He attributes this to his love of Wind in The Willows by Kenneth Grahame.
Gus’s first picture book, Wendy, was selected as a Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable Book in the 2010 Book of the Year Awards.