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, once again, of all the beauty, heartbreak, joy and wisdom we've so fortunately added to our literary repertoire, here are Miss M (age 7) and Miss A’s (almost 4) top 16 childre...
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Lesley Gibbes – To Infinity and beyond part 2

In my first interview with children's author Lesley Gibbes (see it here) the standout messages for me were: The importance of: Reading good literature Playing around in the literary space (writing skits, plays, even telling stories through dance) Attending courses and building connections Hard work and perseverance. This is Part 2 of my interview with Lesley Gibbes: Lesley, I’m wondering what discouragements you faced in the process of submitting manuscripts? If so, how did you...
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Lesley Gibbes – to infinity and beyond…

Last month I attended the launch for Lesley Gibbes’ second published picture book Bring a Duck at the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, Sydney. Lesley has had phenomenal success since her launch into the children's book scene last year with her first ever picture book, Scary Night, illustrated by Stephen Michael King. I am excited that she has agreed to be interviewed for the Just Write For Kids Blog. Lesley, I hardly know where to start in our interview – so much has happened for you ...
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Lesley Gibbes – to infinity and beyond…

Last month I attended the launch for Lesley Gibbes’ second published picture book Bring a Duck at the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, Sydney. Lesley has had phenomenal success since her launch into the children's book scene last year with her first ever picture book, Scary Night, illustrated by Stephen Michael King. I am excited that she has agreed to be interviewed for the Just Write For Kids Blog.   Lesley, I hardly know where to start in our interview – so much has happene...
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Picture Books in the Eye of the Beholder

To begin my journey towards becoming a published picture book author, I became an avid (perhaps compulsive) reader of the genre. Yes, it has definitely helped having two young daughters around as an excuse for my weekly loitering in the kids' section of the library. Anyway, I also began writing formal reviews around 18 months ago, in the hopes that studying these beauties would ingrain some wisdom and impart a whole bunch of amazing writing skills. Well, let's see if some of it is getting throug...
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More Books to Light Up Our World

Our literary professionals are awe-inspiring. Their ability to write, illustrate and market these books to foster a love of reading and learning throughout the nation, and the world, is remarkable. The potential they have in capturing young people's hearts and minds is nothing short of extraordinary. Having some of these wonderful books celebrated and acknowledged in the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards is certainly a positive sign of their credibility. Following on ...
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Books Light Up Our World – Picture Book Reviews and Activities

Book Week is hosted annually by the Children's Book Council of Australia and this year marks the 70th anniversary celebration in honour of the inspirational work of Australian authors and illustrators. By promoting books we, as parents, educators, writers, children's literacy advocates, are encouraging children to read and inherit a love of books, and a love of learning. In 2015, Book Week will run from August 22nd - 28th with the brilliant theme of 'Books Light Up Our World'. Over two posts I ...
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