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

The Remarkable Tim Harris Part 2

In part 2 of my interview with Tim Harris, I ask him about his move to traditional publishing and how he goes about promoting his books – what he has to say is remarkable!

The remarkable Tim Harris

Tim Harris knows how to write funny. His wildly popular Exploding Endings series has been nominated by children and shortlisted for the YABBA awards (book 1). Initially self published, his four Exploding Endings are now published by Harbour Press and his new release mid-grade, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables is published by Penguin Random House. For all this READ MORE

The Scared Book Competitions and Launch Details

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day5 What a fabulous week we’ve had virtually touring around the globe with Debra Tidball and The Scared Book! Who’s had a blast?! We’ve been fortunate to be able to get to know more about this talented author, where her ideas stemmed, and even got up close and personal with The Scared READ MORE

The Scared Book Kids Craft: Paper Fan

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Paper Fan (For fanning away monster smells!) What’s the smelliest smell you’ve ever smelt? What did you do when you found the smell? What did your face look like? What kinds of things could you use to take the smell away? Why do you think these monsters left such a yucky READ MORE

The Scared Book Kids Craft: Monster Shaker

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Monster Shaker What do you know about monsters? Do you know any monsters in books or on TV? Do monsters scare you? Can monsters be something else that’s scary, like a new place, or a new kind of food? What can we do to try and be brave and not be READ MORE

The Scared Book Activities for Kids

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day4 Fabulously Fun Activity Sheets Courtesy and copyright © Kim Siew, Debra Tidball and Lothian Children’s Books 2017 Find these downloadable activities, and more, at Debra Tidball’s website.           For your chance to WIN a signed copy of The Scared Book comment below or on social media with your READ MORE