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. But here they are, picture books as picked between my girls and myself. Which ones were your favourites? A Very Quacky Christmas, Frances Watts (author), Ann James (illus.), ABC Books, ...
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Sneak Peek: The Video That Gave us Goosebumps

#TheScaredBook #BooksOnTour #BlogBlitz #Day1 "Blotches or circles"... the making of goosebumps! Illustrated and animated by Kim Siew. Article by Debra Tidball. I love this little video that Kim made to coincide with the release of  The Scared Book. It's of one of the goosebumps that appear in the book, and it demonstrates Kim's trademark quirky style. It's that style that suited the book so perfectly, turning it into something that is so clever, funny and unique. Kudos to my publisher, S...
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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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Reflecting on 2016 with the JWFK Team

2016 has been a tremendously eventful year on the blog, with establishing the Directory, a cascade of amazing interviewees and guest posters, and invaluable tips and news updates made available. And I couldn't have done it all without the support and dedication of my wonderful team of bloggers and the Australian kidlit community. So, thank you! I feel blessed to be a part of this always-inspiring world. To celebrate, a few of us Just Write For Kids bloggers got together to reflect personally ...
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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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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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