The JWFK Members’ Top Picks of 2019!

Last year I decided that for me to pick only a handful of favourite children’s books would be a little self-indulgent, and to be honest, way too difficult with the insurmountable amount of quality books released in Australia each year. So, I drew upon the brains trust of the Just Write For Kids author and READ MORE

Picture Book Review Roundup: Christmas Ideas for Children

With Christmas fast approaching, now is a great time to check out some beautiful picture books to buy as gifts for kids, both those celebrating this festive time of year and some wonderful reads in any month. We’re spoilt for choice in Australia when it comes to picture books, so it was hard to choose READ MORE

Author Tania Louise Smith on Nurturing Children’s Health

Tania Louise Smith has kindly shared this insightful piece with Just Write For Kids readers, discussing the challenging and seemingly escalating topic of mental health in children. As an author and social worker in child protection, Tania has written an empowering story incorporating coping strategies to deal with trauma and adversity; ‘Not Too Far From READ MORE

Featured Author: Megan Higginson

#raymundandthefearmonster #blogtour #booksontourpr #day1 The time has come – the time to approach a new book campaign head on. So, take a deep breath and brace yourself for a fiercely fun adventure into the wildly bold and courageous tale of ‘Raymund and the Fear Monster’ by Megan Higginson and Ester de Boer! Megan’s true story READ MORE

Lara Solomon on her Story Antics Passion

Have you ever wondered what the story and who the face is behind a brilliant business idea? And when that brilliant business idea is one that serves the needs of families and involves engaging children in literature in very personal ways – well, we want to know more. Cue ‘Story Antics‘; storybooks that reflect your READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Shortlists 2019

OMG! Can you feel the anticipation?! Last week we announced the longlists for the 2019 Pitch It! Competition, and well, that was exciting enough! Let’s get to the next level today with the fabulous shortlists! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges – please expect emails within the READ MORE

Kiah Thomas – Putting her best foot forward Part 2

In Part One of this interview we saw how children’s author, Kiah Thomas, got her start writing for kids, and we got to know a bit about her current and upcoming picture books. In Part two Kiah talks about working with publishers, illustrators and book promotion (or not!). Kiah, in total, you will have four books READ MORE

Kiah Thomas – putting her best foot forward.

Kiah Thomas is a star on the rise. Her first picture book, Allergic Alpaca was recently released, and she has another picture book, Foothand Elbownose, both illustrated by the quirky Connah Brecon, due out in November this year. But also waiting in the wings are two more books to be published next year. Whilst these READ MORE

More Father’s Day Book Reviews

Following on from Kellie’s terrific Father’s Day round-up of cute books for dads, we’ve added a couple more to the list – one sweet, the other fiery! Happy Father’s Day and Special Person’s Day to all! 🙂 Up to Something, Katrina McKelvey (author), Kirrili Lonergan (illus.), EK Books, May 2019 So clever! A book full READ MORE

From bookseller to book creator – Paul and Beth MacDonald

Paul Macdonald owns the award-winning The Children’s Bookshop, in Beecroft NSW, which has been a Sydney literary institution since 1971 (it’s the oldest specialist children’s bookshop in NSW).  Paul has been running the bookshop: selling books, supplying schools, running workshops, book clubs, literary events and a speaker’s agency, for the past 14 years. Beth MacDonald READ MORE