The Quick Six Interview with Jess Galatola and Jenni Barrand on Some Families Change

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Jess Galatola and Jenni Barrand! As 15 May is International Families Day, it’s the perfect day to welcome debut picture book author Jess Galatola, who shares the inspiration behind her heartwarming new release, Some Families Change. Jess used her own family situation as the inspiration behind her story, and wanted to […]

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The Impact of an Indigenous Literacy Foundation Initiative by David Lawrence

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a national charity that works, through the support of the community, to provide reading and literacy opportunities for children and families in remote Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. Their goals are to provide culturally relevant books, including early learning board books, resources, and programs to support Communities to create […]

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The Quick Six Interview with Luella Stanley on Finlay the First Aid Bear

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Luella Stanley! It’s a pleasure to introduce a debut picture book author with a background as a registered nurse, Luella Stanley. She’s here to discuss her valuable picture book, that also happens to be a fun adventure – The Dare to Golden Mountain; Finlay the First Aid Bear. A narrative integrated […]

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Pitch It! Competition 2023 WINNERS Announcement

Just Write For Kids Australia’s sixth Pitch It! Competition for Australian writers of children’s and young adult books was held throughout September this year. The aim was to craft a manuscript pitch to a publisher that is focused, concise and appealing; showcasing a strength in voice, marketability and writing ability. Our judging panel meticulously analysed […]

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Pitch It! Competition 2023 SHORTLISTS Announcement

It was so exciting to announce the Longlists for the 2023 Pitch It! Competition last week! Today, it’s such an absolute THRILL to reveal the fabulous Pitch It! SHORTLISTS! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges. The following pitches stood out to the judges for their high level of intrigue, […]

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Pitch It! Competition 2023 Longlists Announcement

Every year I say it, but WOW! What fantastic entries! The standard just improves year upon year. CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who put their best pitches forward for our 2023 Pitch It! Competition! Submissions were well-crafted with elements of intrigue, voice and professionalism. There was a wide range of topical and interesting concepts that obviously deliberately […]

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The Quick Six Interview with Pamela Jones on Ayla’s Christmas Wish

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Pamela Jones! It’s such a delight to welcome children’s author, poet and podcaster, Pamela Jones here today to share her beautiful, sweet and nostalgic debut picture book, Ayla’s Christmas Wish. In creating this story, Pamela was inspired by the hay bale art in towns across Australia, from Tarrington in Victoria’s West […]

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The Quick Six Interview with Jill Smith on Backyard Beasts and Curious Capers

Welcome to a special #TheQuickSixInterview with Jill Smith from The Ten Penners! We are honoured to be invited to join the blog tour to celebrate the release of a wonderful collection of fun and whimsical (and a little bit spooky) tales from the amazing, The Ten Penners! ‘Adventures with ravenous witches, fantastical creatures and extraordinary […]

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#BOOKREVIEW: Jack’s Best Day Ever! by Gabrielle Bassett and Annabelle Hale

#BookReview: Jack’s Best Day Ever!, Gabrielle Bassett (author), Annabelle Hale (illus.), Woodslane Press, May 2023. Blurb: Jack loves anything that zooms, digs and races. But Jack doesn’t like change and he only ever wants to eat peanut butter sandwiches! This heartwarming story of friendship explores how it feels to be neurodivergent and introduces children to […]

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Picture It! Anthology Competition Winners 2023

Just Write For Kids Australia’s first Picture It! Anthology Competition for local artists and illustrators of children’s books was held throughout June and July (and some of August!) as an initiative to raise the profiles of our wonderful illustrators and creatives, to raise donations for The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, and to produce a stunning anthology […]

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