#InterviewByBook with Nicole Madigan

Title: Darcy and the Dinosaurs Author: Nicole Madigan Illustrator: Joe M Ruiz Publisher: BlOOturtle Publishing Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4 - 7 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Darcy and the Dinosaurs tells the story of Darcy, a little boy who just can't sleep. After making shadow puppets dance on his bedroom wall and counting sheep, he decides to sneak into the kitchen to find a snack, where hears a strange noise coming from his mother's vegetable garden. A little...
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#InterviewByBook with Ann-Marie Finn

Title: Eric Finds a Way Author: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5 - 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book is a story about a little boy called Eric who longs to be creative, but doesn’t know how to express it. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The story gives a message of not giving up, that if you keep trying you will achieve your goals. Does the story reso...
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#InterviewByBook with Tamsin Janu

Title: Blossom Author: Tamsin Janu Illustrator: N/A Publisher: Scholastic Omnibus Genre: Children’s Fiction Age Group: 8-12 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book follows 10 year old Lottie, who is excited when a lost little girl arrives on her doorstep. Lottie, who only has Uncle Bobby in the world, has always wanted a sister. But Blossom isn't like other kids. She doesn't speak and is obsessed with her flower, refusing to go anywhere without it. But everythin...
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#InterviewByBook with Allayne Webster

Title: A Cardboard Palace Author: Allayne L. Webster Illustrator: none Publisher: MidnightSun Publishing Genre: Children’s Fiction Age Group: 8-14 What kinds of themes/issues are raised in this story? A Cardboard Palace is told by Jorge, a boy who has been trafficked to Paris, and forced to steal for a controller, Bill, a selfish man who coordinates a gang of child thieves. Jorge lives in a shanty town in unthinkable poverty. Each day is a struggle. But he has a good heart and...
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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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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 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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