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 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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Introducing Pippa Dowling

We are delighted to introduce thirteen-year-old, first-time author to Just Write For Kids; Pippa Dowling. Her debut picture book, Just Like Molly, is a sensitive yet powerful story of adapting to change in the face of loneliness, and having the confidence to make friends, particularly in a new environment. Pippa has written this book with heart and soul, blended with a touch of heartbreak and splash of playfulness. Scene-appropriate muted, and vivid watercolour illustrations by Sunshine reflect ...
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What Makes Picture Book Creators Happy

In the last two posts on picture books, I explored what makes a successful book, and how best to utilise them. Today I'm reflecting on some past interviews with the very writers of those wonderful pieces of art, and more specifically, what creating these literary jewels means to them. Which responses resonate most with you? Author and illustrator, Renée Treml: "For many years I was unknowingly creating characters through my artwork - I kept drawing the same animals over and over and discov...
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