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

A Truly Inspiring Story about Fear by Megan Higginson

#raymundandthefearmonster #blogtour #booksontourpr #day4 Megan Higginson has had to face and overcome pretty traumatic events in her life. Her bravery is truly inspirational, and undoubtedly, life changing. Megan used her fears to anchor courage through her story, which now she presents to the children of the world as a gift to be empowered by. In 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 Winners 2019

Just Write For Kids Australia held its second annual writing competition for Australian writers of children’s literature throughout September this year. The aim was to forward a pitch for a manuscript to a publisher that is focused, concise and appealing; showcasing a strength in voice, marketability and writing ability. Our judging panel meticulously analysed each READ MORE

Book Review: One Careless Night by Christina Booth

One Careless Night, Christina Booth, Walker Books Australia, 2019 From the publisher: Where the mist swallows mountains and winds whisper through ancient trees, a mother and her pup run wild and free. They hunt, but they are also hunted. Carted away. Sold for bounty. And then, one careless night … The last thylacine is gone. READ MORE

Kiah Thomas – Putting her best foot forward Part 3

So far in this interview with children’s author, Kiah Thomas, we’ve heard about the ‘nuts and bolts’ of writing and publishing, and we got to know some of her great picture books. In this instalment, we look at how Kiah is linked in to a writing community and how that helps, as well as discover READ MORE

Fun Picture Books for Halloween 2019

Regardless of the origins and meanings behind Halloween, we just love the excitement and playfulness, and dare I say – innocence – behind this spooky and oftentimes, gory festival! And for little ones, dressing up, crafty decorations, and sweets make it one of the best events of the year. Today I’ll share some devilishly fun READ MORE

The Quick Six Interview with Suzanne Barton

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Suzanne Barton! We are excited to have author Suzanne Barton join us on the blog for this interview! Suzanne brings a blast of sparkling goodness with her recently released picture book, which she will share with us today. Thanks, Suzanne, for showering us with the glitter-bomb story of the century, My 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