Reinventing the Look Illustrator Competition Winner

We were absolutely ecstatic with all the unique entries that came in for our Reinventing the Look Illustrator Competition! And extremely appreciative of the time and energy, and of course bundles of talent, put towards making our first competition a success!  Heartfelt thanks to guest judges, who took their role very seriously, objectively and carefully READ MORE

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places Part 2

This is the second instalment of my interview with go-getter Katrina McKelvey about the path to publication of her picture book, Dandelions, and the three more picture books on the way. To review how Katrina started pursuing her interest in writing for kids, developing networks  and honing her skills, read part one here – it READ MORE

Katrina McKelvey – Going Places

Katrina  McKelvey is going places because she has gone places – in a fearless way that makes me awestruck. Doing this interview with Katrina made me laugh at the way she throws herself in, boots and all, and makes me jealous for even a little bit of her fearlessness. The great thing is, it’s all READ MORE

Behind the scenes of The Children’s Bookshop

Paul MacDonald, owner of The Children’s Bookshop, Beecoft, NSW addressed The Northern Sydney Sub branch of the CBCA recently, sharing his knowledge and experience of the Children’s Literature industry from a bookseller’s perspective. The following is a summary of the information I took home from the event. Thanks also to my ‘brains trust’  Brydie Wright, Paula READ MORE

Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings PART 2

In part two of this interview, author/illustrator Aura Parker speaks about her upcoming books, her agent, engaging kids with books and her top tips for those wanting to squeeze into the industry. Read or refresh you memory of Part 1 here. Cocoon is coming out this November, what can you tell us about this book? READ MORE

Reinventing the Look: Our First Illustrator Competition!

Just Write For Kids is very excited to announce the very first illustrator competition; Reinventing the Look! We know just how lucky and blessed we are to be in the presence of so many amazingly talented Australian children’s book illustrators. And with Just Write For Kids now in its fifth year, it’s time to call READ MORE

Aura Parker – Sprouting Wings Part 1

Aura Parker is an author and illustrator who is certainly going places – and I don’t just say this because I ran into her at the airport recently! Her picture book Twig (her first as author and illustrator) has been published internationally as well as recognized nationally as a Notable book in the CBCA Book of the READ MORE

The Wildly Intrepid Jan Latta – part 2

In Part 2 of finding out how intrepid pioneer Jan Latta carved out for herself a publishing niche, Jan talks about some stories behind her adventures and her marketing and promotion strategies. To recap part one, click here. Jan, how do you walk the fine line between fact and fiction in bringing the animals stories to READ MORE

A walk through Walker Books

I first heard Linsay Knight at a CBCA conference speaking about poetry, before she became the publisher at Walker Books Australia and New Zealand. Then, earlier this year, I had the good fortune to pitch a manuscript to her at a literary speed dating event where I found her to be engaging and responsive. Recently, READ MORE

The Wildly Intrepid Jan Latta – Part 1

Today’s interview is a break from my usual focus on up-and-coming children’s book creators, to look at someone who has forged her own way into a niche market in children’s publishing, and from whom much can be leant. Jan Latta is the only woman in the world who is the author, wildlife photographer and publisher READ MORE