On Tour with Alison Reynolds and Pickle and Bree

The Just Write For Kids team are thrilled to welcome back Alison Reynolds, author of the delicately warm and delightfully joyous Pickle and Bree's Guide to Good Deeds series on her blog tour for her latest two books - The Big Snow Adventure and The Playground Meanies. I love these books for their authenticity and meaningfulness; highlighting children's real life sensitivities and explorative natures in social situations.  Alison generously shares her inspirations and journey with us today! ...
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#InterviewByBook with Karen Hughes

Title: Kalika Magic Author: Karen Hughes Cover design: Andrew Carraro Publisher: Kalika Magic Genre: Fantasy Age Group: 9+   Please tell us a bit of what your book series is about. The Kalika Magic series is set in the land of Gort, where the tribal Kalika people live in tree houses in the forest. The series follows the adventures of five children who must work together to protect the Kalika people and their land. Emerald Child introduces the Kalika children, Kai...
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Review: A Humorous Anthology of Short Stories by Australian Children’s Authors

Laugh Your Head Off Again, Various authors, Andrea Innocent (illus.), Pan Macmillan, 2016 Synopsis: 9 authors, 9 stories to make you laugh your head off again. A busting moment + a pet show + a ten metre high concrete tomato + a dog with a knack for trouble + the perfect footy pie + a mischievous monkey + a king on a break from his kingdom + a legendary lunchtime bandit + a llama farm camp = one hilarious book. Laugh Your Head Off Again is the companion title to the 2015 Pan Macmillan book...
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Review: Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins

Magic Fish Dreaming, June Perkins (author), Helene Magisson (illus.), Gumbootspearlz Press, 2016. “Listen to the fish. Listen to the water. Listen to the moonlight. Watch the twinkle, twinkle of the stars.” “If you ever found a fairy’s tooth what kind of magic do you think it would do?” If that description doesn't stir up evocative thoughts and imaginative wonders then I don't know what will. June Perkins and Helene Magisson’s Magic Fish Dreaming is a beautifully lyrical and illustri...
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#InterviewByBook with Rhonda Brown

Title: ​​Hello Rainbow Author:​ Rhonda Brown Illustrator:​ Trevor Salter Publisher: ​Oombee Woombee Books Genre: ​Children’s Picture Book Age Group:​ 3 – 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Hello Rainbow is a funny, rhyming story that teaches young children about colours and colour mixing. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? English (language and rhyme), art (colours and colour mixing), numeracy (seven colours in a rainbow) and humour. ...
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Robert Vescio – Soaring

Robert’s interest in writing seems to be lifelong, showing up as a school student, but like me, when he had kids he fell in love with children’s books, especially picture books. He’s been writing now for over 5 years and in that time has published several short stories in various anthologies and four picture books , with more on the way. He's totally soaring! He's excited that his latest release, Jack and Mia with Wombat Books has just been placed on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and he ha...
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#InterviewByBook with Mark Lancaster

Title: ​​Gorinjas – the beginning Author:​ Mark Lancaster Illustrator:​ Inma Vassar Publisher: ​Moshpit Publishing Genre:​ Action adventure Age Group: ​8-12yrs (middle grade) Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. This is a fun and easy reading book which tells the tale of two young gorillas (boy and girl) who are being bullied. Gonga and Jemma hear the legend of an old, grey gorilla who defends the valley they live in, and make it their mission to find him in a determine...
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Do You Know Your Why?

Are you feeling a little lost as an author? Are you just going day-to-day doing what you think you're meant to be doing with no insight as to why, or where you should focus your attention? You’re blogging, or not blogging, you’re on social media, you’re writing stories that are in your head, you're told to build an author platform and yet you have no idea what it means, and you’ve joined a critique group. Maybe you are running around doing all this stuff and are losing heart. You know that deep ...
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#InterviewByBook with Wendy Milner

Title: Grandad and the Baby Dolphin Author: Wendy Milner Illustrator: Naomi Bulger Publisher: Self Published Genre: Juvenile Fiction; Picture Books Age Group: 4 to 7 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Grandad and the Baby Dolphin is a true story of a cray-fisherman from WA who stumbles across a baby dolphin tangled in fishing rope. Grandad and his friends watch as the pod take turns helping the baby to breathe, and it becomes clear to Grandad that they need...
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#InterviewByBook with Josh Langley

Title: ​​​Being You is Enough and other important stuff Author:​ ​​Josh Langley Illustrator:​​ Josh Langley Publisher:​​ Big Sky Publishing Genre:​​​ Illustrated Kids Book Age Group:​​ 6 to 11 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It’s a very different kid’s book, taking the groundbreaking form of a positive affirmation book filled with messages about life we all want our kids to grow up with. There are plenty of amazing picture / story books for kids, but to have one with ...
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