Award for Leonard the Lyrebird children's book

Children's book Leonard the Lyrebird, written by Blue Mountains author Jodie McLeod, has received a commendation in the Whitley Awards from the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.

Jodie McLeod and Eloise Short at the awards ceremony.

Jodie McLeod and Eloise Short at the awards ceremony.

McLeod and Katoomba artist Eloise Short who provided the illustrations, received the commendation in the field of Young Children's Book for the 2019 Whitley Awards.

The Whitley Awards are presented annually for outstanding publications that profile the unique wildlife of the Australasian region.

Chairman of the Whitley Awards Committee, Noel Tait, said Leonard the Lyrebird was "a very fine addition to the library of children's books that promote Australia's fora and fauna."

Telling a story of friendship, bravery and being your true self, the book is set in the Blue Mountains and features many of the region's iconic landmarks and animals.

McLeod said she was thrilled with the award nod.

"Eloise and I are so honoured to have our book recognised by the RZSNSW. One of my motivations for writing Leonard was to help children connect with the animals and landscape of this magical place - along with sharing a good story with beautiful illustrations - and if this award helps make that happen, then that would make me very happy."

Eloise Short and Jodie McLeod with their book, Leonard the Lyrebird. Photo: Leela Brown

Eloise Short and Jodie McLeod with their book, Leonard the Lyrebird. Photo: Leela Brown

Leonard the Lyrebird is also on the Book List for the NSW and Victorian Premier's Reading Challenges, and is shortlisted for a 2019 Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Award, the results of which will be announced on November 13.

Leonard the Lyrebird is available at bookshops throughout the Blue Mountains and online at www.jodiemcleod.com/books.

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