#BookReview: Juno Jones Word Ninja by Kate Gordon

#junojoneswordninja #blogtour #booksontourpr #day3 Juno Jones Word Ninja #1, Kate Gordon (author), Sandy Flett (illus.), Yellow Brick Books, April 2019.   Blurb: A DISASTER HAS HAPPENED! Muttonbird Bay Primary might be closing. I mean, FOREVER. Juno Jones loves her school, but the Men in Suits want to close it down! And there’s only one thing READ MORE

Jo Sandhu’s Mammoth Success: Part Two

In Part One of this interview with Jo Sandhu, we looked at how she started out writing and how she got her foot in the door of the publishing house at Penguin. In Part Two,  we drill down into the details of publication, editing and bringing out a series, and more. Jo has woven some great READ MORE

Jo Sandhu’s Mammoth Success: Part One

Jo Sandhu’s mid grade historical fiction/adventure, Tarin of the Mammoths trilogy has burst onto the scene with a bang. Book one: The Exile, won the 2018 Readings Children’s book prize, was an Aurealis finalist and a CBCA notable book. The three books were released over 2017 and 2018. I first noticed Jo on Twitter and then kept READ MORE

Top take-homes from the SCBWI Sydney 2019 Conference

The bi-annual Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) Sydney conference is a highlight of the kidlit calendar.  Congratulations to Susanne Gervay and the team for pulling together a brilliant programme. For me, the best bit was the coming together of a community of writers from all over Australia and New Zealand. I got READ MORE

Amelia McInerney – Bursting onto the Scene -Part Two

I’m so excited to be posting part two of this interview with children’s picture book author, Amelia McInerney on the day of the OFFICIAL RELEASE of the first of her FIVE picture books, The Book Chook. I was fortunate to have had a sneak peek at this funny chook last weekend at the SCBWI conference, READ MORE

Amelia McInerney – Bursting onto the Scene – Part One

I am so excited to introduce you to a new picture book author about to burst onto the scene. This is her first author interview, so it’s very special! Amelia McInerney’s debut The Book Chook,  illustrated by Connah Brecon and published by Scholastic is released on the first of March. Not only that, but Amelia READ MORE

Penny Reeve – Breaking Boundaries Part 3

This is the third and final part of my interview with Kids and YA author Penny Reeve (Penny Jaye for YA). In Part One, Penny spoke about the process of writing and publishing her YA novel, Out of the Cages, a powerful and important story about human trafficking.  In Part Two, we congratulated Penny on READ MORE

Bruno’s Downloadable Literacy Activities

#brunotheboisterousbluedogfromthebush #blogtour #booksontour #day6 Bruno’s Literacy Activities Bruno the Boisterous Blue Dog from the Bush has a plethora of literacy and language connections to explore. From alliteration to finding the definitions of Aussie slang, and discovering language conventions in the book like adjectives / nouns / verbs. Here are a few educational ideas to follow READ MORE

An Appetite for Literature by Robyn Osborne

#brunotheboisterousbluedogfromthebush #blogtour #booksontour #day5 You never know how a writer’s talent has been approached by influential people throughout their life. It’s an interesting journey, and certainly for us outsiders to learn. This is Robyn’s story… From an early age I enjoyed reading, writing and creating fantasy worlds. My parents were both avid readers and encouraged READ MORE

Discover Cameron Macintosh and Max Booth Stamp Safari

#maxbooth #stampsafari #blogtour #booksontour #day1 It’s a real thrill to step into the future on this sci-fi adventure tour with the impressive author Cameron Macintosh – hugely passionate about engaging kids into reading with his wit, energy and oh-so-cool themes to explore. So, time to use your best super-sleuthing skills! Let’s fly… Cameron Macintosh is READ MORE