SPECIAL Competition News!

Hey, Pitch It! folks! We are fully underway with our second annual Pitch It! Competition for Australian children’s writers, and wow, the entries are certainly impressive so far! Well done! Today’s SPECIAL COMPETITION NEWS serves as an encouraging piece of inspiration that by taking a chance, having the initiative and putting your best self forward READ MORE

The Quick Six Interview with Stef Gemmill

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Stef Gemmill! It’s wonderful to welcome Stef Gemmill back to our blog! Stef won our first Pitch It! Competition for writers in 2018, and guest blogged about her publication journey here. She is a rising star with multiple publications to be released in a short space of time. Today we are READ MORE

The Inspiration for the Eco Rangers Series by Candice Lemon-Scott

It’s a pleasure to invite Candice Lemon-Scott back, and to be invited back to celebrate her #EcoRangers blog tour! Today Candice allows us in on her very own brush with danger during an early wildlife encounter, and how this experience informed her writing of the exciting series. Thanks, Candice! 🙂  For me, stories usually come READ MORE

The Quick Six Interview with Candice Lemon-Scott

We’re thrilled here at Just Write For Kids to be a part of an exciting blog tour, organised by the lovely people at New Frontier Publishing! And what’s more, we get to kick it off with an interview with the talented author, Candice Lemon-Scott! About the Author… Candice is an Australian author, editor and workshop READ MORE

Anthologies – A Leap to Publication by Stef Gemmill

Guest Post by Stef Gemmill We are thrilled to have the winner of our Pitch It! Competition for children’s writers on the blog – Stef Gemmill – as she shares how writing for magazines and anthologies has helped her achieve her goals and get a foot in the publishing house door. Thanks Stef!  While many 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

Review and Giveaway – Baby Band

Baby Band, Diane Jackson Hill (author), Giuseppe Poli (illus.), New Frontier Publishing, 2017. With a lively, orchestral celebration of clangs, squeaks, stomps and Cha-Cha-chas, here is a joyous book that is set to get your hearts racing, feet pacing, and instruments hooting and hustling in your own little world. Baby Band is a harmonious arrangement 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

More Top Picks from 2015  

Last month I ended the year with a Top 15 of ’15 with books carefully selected by my six year old. Choosing only a small number of favourites out of the many, many fabulous children’s books out there is always a tricky task, so we’re making another list! This time, I’m basing these on my READ MORE

Top 15 of ’15

Last year I enlisted the help of my five year old to come up with a ‘best-of’ list, and I think she did extraordinarily well! So, we’re doing it again for books published in 2015! According to my stats, 2014 saw over 250 picture books borrowed, received, bought, read, and of course, enjoyed! Let’s see READ MORE