KidLitVic2017 Reflections

I'm still buzzing after a day of encouragement, empowerment and energy. A day filled with camaraderie, connections and reverence. KidLitVic Meet the Publishers Conference 2017 in Melbourne on May 20th certainly achieved its goals for attendees to network, showcase talents, and “kick-start, build, reinvigorate and strengthen” our creative journeys. Conference organisers, Alison Reynolds, Coral Vass, Jaquelyn Muller and Nicky Johnston once again did a stellar job in putting it all together. Eve...
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Review and Giveaway – Baby Band

Baby Band, Diane Jackson Hill (author), Giuseppe Poli (illus.), New Frontier Publishing, 2017. With a lively, orchestral celebration of clangs, squeaks, stomps and Cha-Cha-chas, here is a joyous book that is set to get your hearts racing, feet pacing, and instruments hooting and hustling in your own little world. Baby Band is a harmonious arrangement of a musical transformation from solidarity to togetherness. Upon careful observation of the illustrations we see that despite the people in ...
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#InterviewByBook with Michelle Dennise

Title: Where’s My Sandwich? Author: Michelle Dennise Illustrator: Michelle Dennise Publisher: Self Published via Createspace Genre: Children Age Group: 2 years + Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Where’s My Sandwich? is about a girl and her dog who go on a picnic. When Nellie’s sandwich goes missing, she sets out through the Australian Bush to find the one who took it. Along the way she meets some Australian animals and learns a little about what they eat. However, ...
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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 Kris Sheather

Title: The Green Goggles Author: Kris Sheather Illustrator: Kris Sheather Publisher: Ormiston Press Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 2-6 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Pete wakes up excited because it’s his birthday. He’s disappointed with his presents until he receives a pair of green goggles. Wearing the goggles ignites his imagination and his backyard is transformed. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The first theme is on emotional rea...
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How Fitzy Fox came to Amelia Trompf on a Bus

Primary teacher and language specialist, Amelia Trompf, is now the debut author of gorgeous picture book, Who is Fitzy Fox? (see my review). We are excited to be included on the Fitzy Fox blog tour as Amelia introduces us to the world of her curious four-legged friend. Thanks for sharing your experiences of creating your book with us, Amelia! 🐶 🐺 ________________________________________ Sitting in front of my Grade 1 class in my first year of teaching with a book in hand an...
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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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Top Take-home messages from the Kids and YA Festival 2016

The value of festivals cannot be underestimated when it comes to both networking and nourishing our writing craft and career. So here are my top take home messages from the NSW Writer's Centre Kids and YA Festival in June:  1 The Process of writing - hints from picture book authors: Don't delete your rubbish ideas. ‘You have to go through the stupid stuff to get to something worthwhile,’ said Andrew Daddo, whose first picture book submission was described as ‘rubbish’ by a publisher. K...
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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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Conference Camaraderie

One of the elements in my Writer's Action Matrix earlier in the year was to attend a conference or festival. Well, it seems like festival season at the moment for Kid's Lit. There's heaps to choose from - check out the events section of this website! I was fortunate enough to secure tickets to the KidLitVic Meet the Publishers conference in Melbourne recently. My husband and I made a weekend of it and it was certainly well worth it. The conference was one of the most pleasurable I have at...
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