Swinging in Leaps and Bounds – the inspiration behind Ballerina Monkey by Nicole Madigan

Just Write For Kids is thrilled to welcome our very newest contributor to the blog, journalist / news reporter-turned-children's author, Nicole Madigan. It is with pleasure that we will be able to share in her talents and passions in the months to come, as Nicole continues to pursue her own journey with producing wonderful literature for kids. Thanks for joining us, Nicole, and for providing us some insights into your writerly life! This is the story of how I made the leap from journa...
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#InterviewByBook with Ann-Marie Finn

Title: Eric Finds a Way Author: Robert Vescio Illustrator: Ann-Marie Finn Publisher: Wombat Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: 5 - 8 years Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. The book is a story about a little boy called Eric who longs to be creative, but doesn’t know how to express it. What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The story gives a message of not giving up, that if you keep trying you will achieve your goals. Does the story reso...
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Review: Eric Finds a Way by Robert Vescio and Ann-Marie Finn

Eric Finds A Way, Robert Vescio (author), Ann-Marie Finn (illus.), Wombat Books, July 2017. When the process is just as much of an achievement than the outcome. When the power of imagination and innovation leads to far more creative pursuits than expected. When design and technology is of the good old fashioned paper variety. These are some of the take home messages found in this endearing story of persistence and building your own adventures. Many children typically face challenges whilst...
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#InterviewByBook with Michelle Worthington

Title: The World’s Worst Pirate Author: Michelle Worthington Illustrator: Katrin Dreiling Publisher: Little Pink Dog Books Genre: Picture Book Age Group: Age 4 to 8   Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. William was born to be a pirate captain. There is just one problem. He’s the world’s worst pirate. His mother doesn’t understand that what he really wants to be is the world’s best chef. When the ship and its crew are attacked far out at sea, can William ...
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#InterviewByBook with June Perkins

Title: Magic Fish Dreaming Author: June Perkins Illustrator: Helene Magisson Publisher: Gumbootspearlz Press Genre: Poetry ISBN: ISBN 9780980731187 DETAILS ON BOOK: Paper back. 17 poems, 48 pages in total, title index, 2 sections, 210mm X 284mm, extensive educational notes and suggested activities available. Age Group: 4 and up, for independent readers 8 and up Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It is a poetry quest set in Far North Queensland; encouraging readers to g...
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#InterviewByBook with Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Title: Friends Author: Teena Raffa-Mulligan Illustrator: Veronica Rooke Publisher: Serenity Press Genre: Picture book Age Group: Early childhood/junior primary Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. Koala and a menagerie of Australian creatures celebrate the many ways in which friends brighten our days, from turning our frowns into smiles to caring and sharing. The rhyming text is complemented by lively, colourful illustrations with an element of humour. What kinds of the...
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#InterviewByBook with Elizabeth Mary Cummings

Title: Mrs.T and the Magic Pencil Author: Elizabeth Mary Cummings Illustrator: Johanna Roberts Publisher: Elizabeth Cummings Genre: Picture book Age Group: 4-7 What kinds of themes / issues are raised in this story? The idea that someone can make a lasting impact on a child’s life is the core of this story. Themes such as self-esteem, caring, childhood memories also feature. How are these important to you in raising awareness to your readers? For readers of this story I hope t...
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From the A to the E-Zine

As creators and educators in the children's literature field we need support and up-to-date knowledge of the industry to help us continue, and succeed, on our writing and teaching journeys. With opportunities to have work published, profiles discovered and resources on hand, we applaud those generous literary magazines and e-zines that do just that. Buzz Words accommodates to writers and illustrators, as well as editors, teachers and librarians. The e-zine features loads of opportunities to l...
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