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

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

Top 17 of ’17

It’s time for the annual book selections that topped our ‘favourites list’. The ones that had us rip roaring with giggles, the ones that made our hearts stop beating, and the ones that simply took our breath away. It’s always tough to choose, especially since we literally turn over hundreds of books in a year. READ MORE

A Little Taste of Magic – Interview with Suzanne Barton

Zimbabwean-born, West Australian-raised, Melbourne-resident, Suzanne Barton , author of the deliciously magical picture book, ‘Meeka’, has certainly had her own little taste of culture. Besides her love of writing for children, Suzanne is also the editor of the City of Melbourne’s ‘Melbourne Magazine’ and the creator of the radio drama, Neo Radio; inspired by 1940s cabaret. It READ MORE

Review: Meeka by Suzanne Barton and Anil Tortop

Meeka, Suzanne Barton (author), Anil Tortop (illus.), Bluebell Books, October 2017. Cooking, singing and a sense of community are a few of the big ‘ingredients’ mixed into this lively story. Debut author, Suzanne Barton’s words lyrically glide through the pages, adding a peppering of whimsical phrases, a sprinkle of rhyme and a dash of alliteration that READ MORE

#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 READ MORE

#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 READ MORE

Top 16 of ’16

  Every year I, together with my two girls, reflect on our year in books – the ones that made us laugh, cry, connect, ponder and encourage affection. I also usually review my statistics on books borrowed, received for review and bought, but this year let’s just say, it’s hugely extensive, and still counting. So, READ MORE

#InterviewByBook with Mary Anastasiou

Title: I want to be a Rock Star Author: Mary Anastasiou Illustrator: Anil Tortop Publisher: Lil’Rebel Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5-10 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. ‘I want to be a Rock Star’ is a discovery of the many genres of music through imagination and play. READ MORE

Books Light Up Our World – Picture Book Reviews and Activities

Book Week is hosted annually by the Children’s Book Council of Australia and this year marks the 70th anniversary celebration in honour of the inspirational work of Australian authors and illustrators. By promoting books we, as parents, educators, writers, children’s literacy advocates, are encouraging children to read and inherit a love of books, and a READ MORE