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Zeno Sworder is a 2021 CBCA Winner and ABDA Winner for This Small Blue Dot.
Zeno Sworder is a Melbourne based writer, artist and picture book maker. He is passionate about literacy, creativity and diversity. He was born into a mixed (Chinese and English) multicultural family in regional Victoria and has worked as a window washer, a dish washer (a step up!), a journalist, an English language teacher, a
volunteer for Lifeline, a consular officer and a tribunal advocate for migrants and refugees. But he has always felt most himself sitting at a table drawing pictures and making up stories. His work has been published in the Age Newspaper, the Meanjin Literary Journal and recognised by the Australia Council of the Arts. His recent children’s book, This Small Blue Dot, has been described by the CBCA as ‘an example of an insightful contemporary work of art.’ Zeno’s lively presentations are interactive and fun. They include drawing demonstrations and group activities that are designed to equip students for their own adventures in writing and drawing.
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Best Suited 3+ Years
With a strong message of interconnectedness, hope and empowerment, This Small Blue Dot follows a little girl exploring the big and small things in life. From contemplating our place on this ‘blue dot’ to the best Italian, Chinese and Indian desserts, the book provides a broader, more inclusive view of who we are, where we come from and where our dreams may take us.