Book Review: Max Booth Future Sleuth, a Sci-Fi Adventure Series for Young Readers

Max Booth Future Sleuth: Selfie Search, Cameron Macintosh (author), Dave Atze (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, 2017 Synopsis: Max Booth Future Sleuth is back with more sci-fi adventure and another mystery to solve! Max has been handed an ancient mobile phone. It’s from the year 2017, which makes it more than 400 years old! What’s more, it’s full of photos – all of the same person. Max and his robo-dog sidekick Oscar learn that the photos hold a secret that could lead them to fame and fortune. Bu...
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Review: It’s OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn’t be you by Josh Langley

It's OK to feel the way you do, otherwise you wouldn't be you, Josh Langley (author and illustrator), Big Sky Publishing, 2017. "Everyone has feelings... happy, sad, lonely, angry, anxious, proud, scared - and they're all OK! But sometimes we just don't know what to do with them. Until now that is!" There are myriad children's books that strive to teach a life lesson, deliver a message or simply inspire. While an abundance of beautifully written picture books do just that, the messag...
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Book Review: Ella Saw the Tree by Robert Vescio and Cheri Hughes

Ella Saw the Tree, Robert Vescio (author), Cheri Hughes (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, 2017. Synopsis:  One windy day, as Ella plays in her backyard, she is showered by leaves. When she looks up, Ella sees a tree in her backyard ... has it always been there? And why is it crying? It’s not until Ella carefully and attentively takes the time to - smell, listen, feel and look - that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. By slowing down and experiencing new sensati...
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Robert Vescio’s Story on Mindfulness Opens our Hearts

It's always a pleasure including Robert Vescio on the blog. His passion, voice and expertise are nothing short of inspiring. Robert, author of numerous children's books such as Marlo Can Fly, Eric Finds a Way, Jack and Mia, and Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville, most recently brings us an important story of 'being happy in the moment', of mindfulness and appreciating the world around us. Today, Robert talks about the inspiration behind his newest release, Ella Saw The Tree. Thank you! ...
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Robert Vescio -Soaring Part 2

In part 1 of this interview with Robert Vescio we looked at his soaring success in the picture book market in Australia. Today we continue to find out the events and experiences that helped shape him and his writing. Robert, can you tell use how you developed your writing to get it to a publishable state? Did you belong to any critique groups, attend courses and association events, enter competitions? If so, how did/do they help? I’ve always submitted my stories to manuscript assessment ...
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Robert Vescio – Soaring

Robert’s interest in writing seems to be lifelong, showing up as a school student, but like me, when he had kids he fell in love with children’s books, especially picture books. He’s been writing now for over 5 years and in that time has published several short stories in various anthologies and four picture books , with more on the way. He's totally soaring! He's excited that his latest release, Jack and Mia with Wombat Books has just been placed on the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge and he ha...
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#InterviewByBook with Josh Langley

Title: ​​​Being You is Enough and other important stuff Author:​ ​​Josh Langley Illustrator:​​ Josh Langley Publisher:​​ Big Sky Publishing Genre:​​​ Illustrated Kids Book Age Group:​​ 6 to 11 Please tell us a bit of what your book is about. It’s a very different kid’s book, taking the groundbreaking form of a positive affirmation book filled with messages about life we all want our kids to grow up with. There are plenty of amazing picture / story books for kids, but to have one with ...
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#InterviewByTheme with Robert Vescio

It's not your imagination... Robert Vescio really is here talking all things Fantasy in today's interview! Let's have an adventure! 😛 👑 What is the most imaginative book you’ve ever read? I grew up reading the Chronicles of Narnia. My absolute all time favourite book is The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. For me, opening a book is very similar to opening a wardrobe. Immediately, you’re being transported to another world. As soon as you open and read through the pages of a...
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Working with an Awesome Publisher

Guest Post By Dianne (Di) Bates Dianne (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. Working with Australian publisher Big Sky Publishing to produce my two latest books, Awesome Cats and Awesome Dogs has been, in a word, awesome! I emailed my manuscripts in late January this year, receipt was acknowledged the next...
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