Three Books that Helped Shape My Own

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day3 Today on our tour Debra Tidball is back to share how her story ideas developed from invaluable time and research that centred around books. With her added pieces of advice, I think we can all take a leaf (or a few) from Debra’s book! 📖 Three books that influenced the writing READ MORE

10 Practical Ways to Encourage Reluctant Readers

“I hate books!” “I hate reading!” “Books are boring!” These are comments that are heard in household and at school. And it is becoming more prevalent. To me, this is a tragedy. Books can open up the world to a child. The can learn new things. They can escape to another time, another place, another READ MORE

Read, read, write.

I’ve just added this accumulated pile of books on my desk to my Goodreads profile. It got me thinking about the importance of reading for writers. One of the things I put on my Writers’ Action Matrix at the beginning of the year was “Read books in your genre – study their elements.” It’s something READ MORE

In Literacy we Trust

Last month we gave a shout out to several amazing Australian literacy foundations that tirelessly advocate for and celebrate children’s literacy skills. Today we’ll get behind some wonderful educational initiatives fostering positive and engaging reading and learning experiences. Hail to educators and their passion for literacy development!!! Kids’ Book Review is a terrific resource for READ MORE

Maximise Your Picture Book Experience

Last month I explored the features of picture books and what makes them successful (read it here). So, now that you (with the help of your little ones) have chosen your favourites, it’s time to get the most out of your reading experience. Picture books represent a beautiful mixture of art and words, collaborating to READ MORE