Karen Tyrrell Sings like a Song Bird Superhero

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The Just Write For Kids team love the dedication and passion of resilience and bullying specialist, Karen Tyrrell, who is always so generous with sharing her inspirations, strategies and words of encouragement with the community. So, thank you Karen, for enlightening us with your motivations behind your latest release; a book packed full of positive messages for children - Song Bird Superhero.  Your books; Song Bird Superhero, Bailey Beats the Blah, STOP the Bully and the Jo-Kin serie...
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Diving into Picture Books—Signposts for Authors and Illustrators

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Are you an aspiring or emerging children’s book author? Not too sure of what you have to do? How do you write that opening sentence? What is a story board? Do I need one? How do I work with an illustrator? Do I need to find one? What are agents looking for? The answers to these questions, and more, are just ahead. Writing Picture Books Opening sentences are important for every story, every novel—and this includes Picture Books. Find out the various types of sentences you can use for yo...
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Connecting Friends Oceans Apart

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Guest Post by Robert Vescio Connecting Friends Oceans Apart It is with great pleasure to welcome children's author Robert Vescio to share his inspiration for writing his latest, heartwarming book, Jack and Mia - a story on everlasting friendship and long-distance connections. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- I wrote Jack and Mia to show how friendships (rich in imagination) can survive distance by finding creative ways to stay connected. Jac...
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Deborah Kelly – Star Ascending Part 2

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In Part 1 of this interview with Deb Kelly, we found out how she got started on the road to writing books for children. This week we focus more on how the books came to be picked up for publication and the setbacks and encouragements along the way: Deb, can you tell us the path your books have taken to be picked up by publishers? Is it similar/different for each? My name was pulled out of a hat to pitch a story idea to a panel of publishers at the Kids and YA festival one year at the NSWWC...
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Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author: Hazel Edwards Part 2

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In Part 1 of my interview with Hazel Edwards last week she provided some important pieces of advice on understanding the ins and outs of the publishing industry, as well as tips on developing oneself as an 'authorpreneur'. In this post Hazel talks more personally on her inspirations, achievements and highlights of some of her latest work. Your memoir, Not Just a Piece of Cake: Being an Author, is a brilliant insight into managing the lifestyle of a busy writer, parent and mentor, with insp...
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The Perplexing Process of Writing

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So you’ve gotten an understanding of the actual craft of writing, but where to from here? I don’t know about you, but I question everything. So then I have to search for answers. How do you develop your ideas? How do write your novel? How do you get your head around book genres, categories of children’s books, formats and word counts? I don’t know about you, but it can be a perplexing, puzzling and confusing time. (Yeah! I know I just said the same thing three times, but that is how bad ...
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Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author: Hazel Edwards

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Hazel Edwards, best known for her much-loved and cherished 'Hippo' books, is also one of Australia's leading and most passionate authors with over 200 books to her name. Just incredible! Writing across a range of genres for a diverse population, from picture books to chapter books and adult non-fiction, Hazel brings with her a fortune of experience that she is more than willing to bestow upon an extremely captive audience. We are so lucky that Hazel has agreed to share all her top tips for becom...
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Our Country, Our Stories – Reviews and Activities

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It's that glorious time again where teachers, parents, children, literacy creatives and advocates raid the bookshelves (and craft cupboards) in honour of the annual Book Week celebrations! Hosted by the Children's Book Council of Australia and running from August 20th to 26th, this year's theme is inspiring; it's 'Australia! Story Country'. Last year I wrote the articles Books Light Up Our World and More Books to Light Up Our World posts. In accordance, this year I will provide a summary of b...
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Deborah Kelly – Star Ascending Part 1

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Deborah Kelly’s publishing career is really taking off! Since the publication of her delightful picture book The Bouncing Ball (Random House) in 2013 Deborah has had 7 books published, across a variety of genres. Deborah’s second picture book, Jam for Nana (Random House, Illustrated by Lisa Stewart) was published in 2014, the same time as my When I See Grandma, yet it took a while for Deborah to appear on my radar. She made a strong impression on me when I reviewed her fabulous picture book Din...
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#InterviewByTheme with Pauline Hosking

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We are ecstatic to welcome author and presenter Pauline Hosking to answer our Comedy themed questions! Thanks, Pauline! 😄 🎉 What is it about writing for children that makes you happy? It’s said that children’s writers never totally grow up. They always retain a childlike sense of wonder and excitement about the world. I’m sure that’s true. I had a very happy childhood in New Zealand. Lots of sun, sea and sand. Lots of laughter with the family, especially my father who never...
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