Young Broome author Azmen Sebastian has been given a prestigious book award for outstanding literary work.
The 13-year-old author of The Snake and the Boy received the 2012 Speech Pathology of Australia Best Book of the Year award for language and literacy development (indigenous children) last month.
Azmen wrote and illustrated The Snake and the Boy last year and it was published by Magabala Books.
The story of a young boy’s encounter with a snake in a schoolyard in Broome draws inspiration from Azmen’s experiences of growing up in the town. He flew to Melbourne to accept the prestigious award at a ceremony held at Royal Children’s Hospital.
Azmen was one of six authors to receive a Speech Pathology Australia award for excellence in developing children’s speech, language and literacy. He is the youngest winner in the history of the awards.
Speech Pathology Australia aims to develop children’s reading skills through the recognition and recommendation of books to parents and educators to assist speech, language and literacy development.