Wild Dog’s publisher awarded prestigious Pixie O’Harris Award

Maryann Ballantyne

The Wild Dog Books team is delighted to announce lead Wild Dog and all-round publishing powerhouse Maryann Ballantyne has received the 2021 Pixie O’Harris Award.

The Australian Book Industry Award’s (ABIA) Pixie O’Harris Award recognises and celebrates those in the children’s literature industry who demonstrate “commitment beyond the call of duty and have developed a reputation for their contribution”. The award is named after children’s book author and illustrator, Pixie O’Harris (1903 – 1991). Pixie had a long and distinguished career in publishing and is also known for the murals she painted in hospital wards, health centres and schools.

Previous Pixie O’Harris Award recipient and children’s book publisher Jane Covernton AM said: “Maryann has always been passionate about publishing new authors and illustrators and stories that ‘tell us something about ourselves’ and reflect upon ‘where Australia has come from and who we are now’. She is known for her fierce intellect and curiosity, her innate sense of style, taste and judgement, her unswerving loyalty to her authors and illustrators and her great respect and commitment to the Australian publishing industry.”

Maryann is Wild Dog Books’ Publishing Director. Wild Dog Books is a multi-award-winning independent publisher of children’s picture and non-fiction books. At Wild Dog, just as she has in her other publishing roles, Maryann continues to champion creators, industry and readers.  Over 25 years she has worked with and guided many of Australia’s finest writers and illustrators and been a mentor and guide to many in the publishing world.

Wild Dog Books is thrilled for Maryann and proud of all she has and continues to achieve.