Top 16 of ’16

  Every year I, together with my two girls, reflect on our year in books - the ones that made us laugh, cry, connect, ponder and encourage affection. I also usually review my statistics on books borrowed, received for review and bought, but this year let’s just say, it's hugely extensive, and still counting. So, once again, of all the beauty, heartbreak, joy and wisdom we've so fortunately added to our literary repertoire, here are Miss M (age 7) and Miss A’s (almost 4) top 16 childre...
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Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author: Hazel Edwards Part 2

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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Not Just a Piece of Cake; Being an Author: Hazel Edwards

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

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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Naomi Hunter Shares her Secrets to her Success

It is a pleasure to welcome author Naomi Hunter to Just Write For Kids this week to share her experiences both personally and in the children's literature industry. Her openness and generosity is highly commended and appreciated in the community, and particularly for those with whom she's touched deeply with her first book, A Secret Safe to Tell. Here is a life-altering, empowering story of a young girl confused by the physical, intrusive actions of an older 'friend'. With gentle, encouraging ...
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Karen Tyrrell’s Top Teaching Tips for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

Meet Karen Tyrrell Just Write For Kids is thrilled to have award-winning children's resilience author, Karen Tyrrell, joining us once again (see our previous meeting here) to delve further into the benefits and learning possibilities of her second illustrated novel in the Super Space Kids series. Fantastically illustrated by Trevor Salter, Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra is an action-packed comedy space adventure for children between 7-12. Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra Description Blast off with gadgets,...
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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

Continuing on from my previous tributes to amazing Literary Foundations and inspiring Educational Initiatives, today I am dedicating this post to the wonderful advocates, supporters and suppliers of our fantastic Australian books, their creators and publishers; our booksellers! Below is a small list of both physical and online stores with immeasurable passion and commitment to bringing awareness, and love of children's books to the public. Thank you for keeping our book industry alive! Boomer...
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In Literacy we Trust

Last month we gave a shout out to several amazing Australian literacy foundations that tirelessly advocate for and celebrate children's literacy skills. Today we'll get behind some wonderful educational initiatives fostering positive and engaging reading and learning experiences. Hail to educators and their passion for literacy development!!! Kids' Book Review is a terrific resource for parents, teachers, authors, illustrators and anyone interested in the children's book industry. Founded by...
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Dedicated to Literacy Foundations

At Just Write For Kids our mission is to share and provide the community with relevant and interesting news, information and wisdom about the Australian children's literature industry. We aim to support our home-grown authors and illustrators on their journey towards creating the best literature so that stimulating resources are readily available and a love of reading is fostered with children globally. Aspiring to be amongst these one day, today I'd like to give a shout out to all the amazin...
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More Top Picks from 2015  

Last month I ended the year with a Top 15 of '15 with books carefully selected by my six year old. Choosing only a small number of favourites out of the many, many fabulous children's books out there is always a tricky task, so we're making another list! This time, I'm basing these on my observations of my recently-turned three year old's engagement with these books over the past few months. And here they are, in titled alphabetical order.   Alfie's Lost Sharkie, Anna Walker (author, illus.)...
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