Breaking Through the Block by Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Guest Post by Teena Raffa-Mulligan We are fortunate enough to have Teena Raffa-Mulligan here today sharing her personal journey and expertise in dealing with the dreaded 'mental block'. Much appreciated advice, thank you! 😄 ___________________________ What do you do when the right words won’t come? Most writers come up against this at one time or another. Some stories are hard to write. You know what you want to say but telling your story feels like trying to run uphill against a...
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A Publisher’s Perspective by Dianne Bates

Guest Post by Dianne Bates Publisher, editor, author and Lady Cutler Prize award-winner, Dianne Bates, has so generously shared her insider knowledge on what's hot, and what's not, from a publisher's perspective. A fascinating account! Thanks so much, Di! 😊 ------------------------------------ In 2016, I established a children’s book imprint, About Kids Books publishing junior novels for readers aged 8 to 12 years. Recently I received an email from a newish children’s author. Below f...
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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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Connecting Friends Oceans Apart

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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Even Mummy Cries by Naomi Hunter

Guest Post & #BookGiveaway by Naomi Hunter A couple of days ago we were fortunate enough to hear from author and publisher, Naomi Hunter in her interview about her first book, A Secret a Safe to Tell. Today she has generously provided even more valuable insights into dealing with family pressures and struggles and her latest title, Even Mummy Cries. Thanks once again, Naomi! X We live in a world full of emotionally challenging situations to navigate, often with compounding financial pressure...
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You’re Different Jemima! by Jedidah Morley

Guest Post By Jedidah Morley Our world is facing major problems and challenges for the future. Knowing that a new generation is coming through with fresh ideas and creative solutions to these problems is comforting. It’s exciting to witness innovative and curious minds at work, developing, growing and being enriched! But what happens when these beautiful and creative minds are restricted? What happens when they are told to conform or behave like the ‘norm’? What happens when they are not g...
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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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June Perkins talks to the tune of Magic

Guest Post by June Perkins It is with great pleasure to welcome June Perkins to share about her gorgeous and intriguing new anthology of poems representing the magic of a little piece of tropical paradise. Together, June and illustrator Helene Magisson have worked wonders in creating the delightful Magic Fish Dreaming, and turning this 'dream' into reality.  ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ...
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International Read to Me! Day March 19th

Guest Post by Jill Borgiss and Emma Mactaggart Jill Borgiss from Inside Change spoke to Emma Mactaggart from Boogie Books about her important new initiative in supporting our children's levels of literacy. Here's what they had to say. ‘It takes a village to raise a child and it takes a child to inspire a village’ Emma Mactaggart, Founder of Boogie Books and creator of International Read to ME Day talks about why we must all support our children and help them to learn to read. ...
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