GUEST POSTS

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Just Write For Kids is always delighted to welcome guest posters to our community! We’ve already been lucky enough to include a range of literary professionals speaking on varied and interesting aspects relating to children’s literature and current initiatives.

Please get in touch if you are keen to share your knowledge, wisdom, experience or a great story with our ever-growing audience.

For more information please visit our CONTACT page. Thanks! 😀

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Inspiring Global Citizens – the significance of multicultural literature 

By Jacqueline de Rose Ahern

March 2017

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern is an author who adores exploring all the world has to offer! Her appreciation of travel and uniqueness of culture has been captured in the pages of her books. Writer of the fascinating Charlie’s Adventure series, Jacqueline is here today to share her insights into the importance of multicultural literature. Thank you, Jacqueline! 😊

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The art of storytelling is found in every culture around the world. Stories have the power to connect us all. They are informative, inspiring and uniting. Stories are told in many ways across cultures and this adds to their beauty and uniqueness. They build tradition and embrace cultural values. When developing ‘Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii’, I wanted to showcase the hula, an exquisite dance that at its heart is a form of storytelling. Each movement of the hula represents a word, hula dancers move to language not merely to rhythm. Similarly, most countries around the world have their own way of sharing their stories.

Read more here.


On Tour with Alison Reynolds and Pickle and Bree

by Alison Reynolds

February 2017


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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THE BIG SNOW ADVENTURE & THE PLAYGROUND MEANIES

WHERE DID THEY COME FROM?

These books are 3 & 4 in the PICKLE AND BREE’S GUIDE TO GOOD DEEDS series. Pickle and Bree are the very best of friends, though they don’t always see eye to eye! They may have their differences, but together, they always manage to work through their problems.

Featuring a handy Guide to Good Deeds at the back of each book, parents and children can join Pickle and Bree on their adventures while gently exploring social etiquette and positive behaviour.

After discussion, the editor and I decided to explore the concept of respecting rules and being kind (bullying). She also suggested since the first two books in the series were set in Pickle and Bree’s home that we take them into the wider world.

Read more here.

 

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Breaking Through the Block

by Teena Raffa-Mulligan

November 2016

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! 😄

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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 raging gale. You’re not getting anywhere. In fact, you’re going backwards, deleting and rewriting without making any satisfactory progress.

My newest children’s book was one of those problem stories. Ben Bumblefoot is about a wannabe knight who wants to prove himself worthy of a knighthood and a special name but can’t seem to do anything right. It’s a 10,000 word chapter book and I’m no newcomer to writing so I thought it would be an easy write. Wrong.

Read more here.

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A Publisher’s Perspective

by Dianne Bates

October 2016

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! 😊

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image-1In 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 find her question — and my answer.

“If you don’t mind sharing, what is it about the manuscripts you’ve received thus far, that hasn’t appealed to you? What should I avoid?”

Most of the stories I receive don’t have a vivid, memorable voice. Often the language used is pedestrian, the storytelling not at all compelling. Often there is a lot of telling rather than showing. And opening paragraphs are lack-lustre and don’t grab one’s attention. Too often, as well, the punctuation – particularly paragraphing and dialogue — is appalling!

Read more here.

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How Fitzy Fox Came to Amelia Trompf on a Bus

by Amelia Trompf

October 2016

imagePrimary 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! 🐶 🐺

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Sitting in front of my Grade 1 class in my first year of teaching with a book in hand and 28 children desperate for the story to begin was my dream job. Putting my creative talents into practice, my classroom was draped in Miss Lily’s Fabulous Pink Boas one week and transformed into Uno’s Garden the next. Through stories we learnt about sharing, accepting difference, making friends, multiculturalism, the environment and much more. That was when I decided I wanted to write stories for children.

Read more here.

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Connecting Friends Oceans Apart

by Robert Vescio

September 2016

imageIt 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.

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I wrote Jack and Mia to show how friendships (rich in imagination) can survive distance by finding creative ways to stay connected.

Jack and Mia do everything together. They stick together like paper and glue. Then, one day, Mia’s family moves away – not to another suburb but to another country on the other side of the world.

This is a story that will resonate with children who are about to move or have moved and miss their friends. Unlike other picture books about this subject, Jack and Mia illustrates how today kids are finding it easier to keep in touch with friends and loved ones who live far away.

Read more here.

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You’re Different Jemima!

by Jedidah Morley

June 2016

imageOur 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 given the opportunity to recognise and explore their own strengths and talents, but rather told that the things that make them unique and amazing, makes them different from everybody else, and being different is a a bad thing? What happens when thinking and acting like everyone else is desirable?

Read more here.

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Karen Tyrrell’s Top Teaching Tips for Jo-Kin vs Lord Terra

by Karen Tyrrell (questions by Romi Sharp)

May 2016

imageJust 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, robots and funky food in a hilarious outer space adventure that enlightens you with STEM science, the power of teamwork, problem solving, and resilience.

Read more here.

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June Perkins talks to the tune of Magic

by June Perkins

March 2016

imageIt 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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Magic Fish Dreaming is a collection of poems all set in Far North Queensland particularly for 6-10 year olds, but some of the poems are more challenging so children can grow up with the book.

It focuses on the animal, plants, family, environment, and the magic of imagination and story. I don’t want to reveal too much, but the samples we have online in audio, written and visually illustrated form include a poem about: secret fishing spots, fishing with your noisy family and visiting a river, where there is a strong sense of the sacred. On twitter I hinted that there is a poem about chatting with a cassowary and there is a sense of the imagination and sacred in the book as well.

Read more here.

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International Read to Me Day March 19th

by Jill Borgiss and Emma Mactaggart

February 2016

imageJill 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.

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‘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 support our children and help them to learn to read.

Read more here.

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KidLitVic2016 Meet the Publishers Day

by Alison Reynolds

February 2016

imageJust Write For Kids is delighted to welcome Alison Reynolds to share about her exciting upcoming event – KidLitVic2016 in Melbourne this May. Alison and Dee White together have organised this prodigious occasion in support of emerging and accomplished authors and illustrators seeking tips and feedback from expert publishing professionals.

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Thank you so much for inviting me to share the details of the inaugural KidLitVic2016 Meet the Publishers Melbourne Day. We would love to see some of you there!

Read more here.

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Working with an Awesome Publisher

by Dianne (Di) Bates

October 2015

imageDianne (Di) Bates, award-winning author of over 120 books for children, recipient of The Lady Cutler Award 2008, and founder of the popular Buzz Words e-zine, reflects on her most recent publishing experience with Big Sky Publishing.

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Working with Australian publisher Big Sky Publishing to produce my two latest books, Awesome Cats and Awesome Dogs has been, in a word, awesome!

Read more here.

 

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Just Andy

by Katrina McKelvey

September 2015

imageI’m a self-confessed reluctant reader. I know what it is like to do anything to avoid reading. As a child I climbed trees instead.

Andy Griffiths has showed me how to love books. He’s my inspiration! Here’s how it all happened …

‘Laughter is the reward for even the most reluctant reader.’ – Andy Griffiths 2014

Read more here.

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Useful Links to Help Flush Blockages

by Jennifer R. Poulter

August 2015

imageMy tried and true way to overcome a bit of a blank spot in writing is to leave it. Down pen or off computer and do something else totally unrelated for a while. If the story then doesn’t flow the way I want, I put it away till I feel inspired to dig it out again.

However, we don’t always have the luxury of putting something aside. Competitions have deadlines. Publishers have deadlines. We live in a world that is constantly ticking down to the buzzer!

The links below might give you some ideas for those critical situations.

Read more here.

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