#InterviewByBook with Devon Sillett

Title: The Leaky Story Author: Devon Sillett Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: EK Books Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4 – 8 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. When a book is ignored for too long, the story starts to leak out into the home of an unsuspecting family! J.J. (the protagonist) sees what’s happening but his parents are oblivious. Not long after, J.J. and his parents come face to face with pirates who have sailed out of the book and into their living room! ...
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#InterviewByBook with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Title: Friends Author: Teena Raffa-Mulligan Illustrator: Veronica Rooke Publisher: Serenity Press Genre: Picture book Age Group: Early childhood/junior primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Koala and a menagerie of Australian creatures celebrate the many ways in which friends brighten our days, from turning our frowns into smiles to caring and sharing. The rhyming text is complemented by lively, colourful illustrations with an element of humour. What kinds of the...
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#InterviewByBook with Renee Price

Title: Digby and the Yodelayhee Who? Author: Renee Price Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Create It Kids Genre: Picture book Age Group: 2-7 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Digby Fixit and his friends follow their second adventure, in an attempt to solve the mystery of a noisy noise. Could it be the sound of an ant trail? An instrument? An elephant? And why is it so noisy? What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? Digby and the Yodelayhee W...
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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 Adam Wallace

Title: Zombie Inspiration Author: Adam Wallace Illustrator: James Hart Publisher: Krueger Wallace Press Genre: Zombie/Comedy/Personal Development Age Group: 9-13 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Well, this is a totally, absolutely, fully, nearly almost true story about me when I was at high school and the zombie apocalypse hit the world! It’s about my search for someone who inspires me, and that inspiration comes from the most unlikely source … the zombies themselves! ...
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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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Karen Tyrrell Sings like a Song Bird Superhero

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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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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Books Light Up Our World – Picture Book Reviews and Activities

Book Week is hosted annually by the Children's Book Council of Australia and this year marks the 70th anniversary celebration in honour of the inspirational work of Australian authors and illustrators. By promoting books we, as parents, educators, writers, children's literacy advocates, are encouraging children to read and inherit a love of books, and a love of learning. In 2015, Book Week will run from August 22nd - 28th with the brilliant theme of 'Books Light Up Our World'. Over two posts I ...
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