Inspiring Global Citizens – the significance of multicultural literature

Guest Post By Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Writer of the fascinating Charlie's Adventure series, Jacqueline is here today to share her insights into the importance of multicultural literature. Thank you, Jacqueline! 😊 --------------------------------------- The art of storytelling is found in every cul...
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Cultivating Greenleaf Press – Interview with Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison is the dynamic force behind this wonderful new initiative in providing critical support to creators and small businesses. The award-winning author and presenter kindly shares with us the logistics of her blossoming resource, Greenleaf Press. Thanks, Aleesah! Congratulations on your newest venture with Greenleaf Press! What is your vision for this service and how did it come about? I have quite a large vision for Greenleaf. At the moment, I’m developing and growing the bu...
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#InterviewByBook with Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Title: Charlie’s Adventures...in Hawaii Author: Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern​ Illustrator: Sophie Norsa Publisher: Little Steps Publishing Genre: Children’s picture book, Adventure, Travel Age Group: 3 to 6 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. ‘Charlie’s Adventures...in Hawaii’ is the first book in the ‘Charlie’s Adventures...’ series. Charlie is off on his first adventure with his family to Hawaii! His friend, Kai and his dad, Amoka, take Charlie on a discovery of cl...
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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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#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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#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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#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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#InterviewByBook with Adele Jones

Title: Activate Author: Adele Jones Illustrator: N/A Publisher: Rhiza Press (YA/Adult imprint of Aussie children’s publisher Wombat Books) Genre: Techno-crime thriller Age Group: Young adult (13+) Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Activate is the final book in the Blaine Colton trilogy. The teenage hero, Blaine, is a survivor of a genetic disorder, thanks to some pretty cool gene therapy. Activate begins with Blaine living a secret life to protect him from enemies he...
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Reflecting on 2016 with the JWFK Team

2016 has been a tremendously eventful year on the blog, with establishing the Directory, a cascade of amazing interviewees and guest posters, and invaluable tips and news updates made available. And I couldn't have done it all without the support and dedication of my wonderful team of bloggers and the Australian kidlit community. So, thank you! I feel blessed to be a part of this always-inspiring world. To celebrate, a few of us Just Write For Kids bloggers got together to reflect personally ...
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