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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#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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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 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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Introducing Pippa Dowling

We are delighted to introduce thirteen-year-old, first-time author to Just Write For Kids; Pippa Dowling. Her debut picture book, Just Like Molly, is a sensitive yet powerful story of adapting to change in the face of loneliness, and having the confidence to make friends, particularly in a new environment. Pippa has written this book with heart and soul, blended with a touch of heartbreak and splash of playfulness. Scene-appropriate muted, and vivid watercolour illustrations by Sunshine reflect ...
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Review – Zombie Inspiration by Adam Wallace

There are some books that really stick in your mind long after you've read them. They grip your heart and delve deep to the core. They lift you up and make you realise that those inner most desires are attainable, no matter what challenges are in your way. Just believe in yourself. Here is a book that aims to inspire, empower and encourage a kind of greatness that comes from within. Once you get past the gore, guts, violence and terror (which young readers seem to love), you'll find a humorou...
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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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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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