Home is Within: Educational Activities

In Home, a young Sudeten German girl and her family are expelled from their home and forced to give up their belongings and their freedom, until they eventually find a safe passage across the seas to Australia. This poignant, uplifting and hopeful story by Karen Hendriks, combined with the hauntingly evocative illustrations by Alisa Knatko, READ MORE

Let’s Talk about Home – Interview with Karen Hendriks

Karen Hendriks reveals what ‘Home’ really means to her in this fascinating and inspiring interview about the book and the link to her family’s past. Thanks, Karen! 🙂 Karen, congratulations on the release of your heart-rending, poignant picture book, Home! Briefly, tell us what this story is about. War ends, yet its dark shadow remains. READ MORE

#BookReview: Home by Karen Hendriks and Alisa Knatko

#BookReview: Home, Karen Hendriks (author), Alisa Knatko (illus.), Daisy Lane Publishing, July 2021. Blurb: War ends, yet its dark shadow remains. A family is forced to flee their home. As they journey through hunger, long cold nights, and homelessness, a heart locket whispers words of hope. And a country that’s far away, calls for those READ MORE

A Family Connection to HOME – Article by Karen Hendriks

My new picture book HOME was inspired by my family heritage. While writing Home and researching facts and history I discovered more about my family heritage then I could ever imagine. I had always felt that there was a deep sadness inside my Oma from the loss of her family home in Wunschendorf, Czechoslovakia. She READ MORE

A #BookGiveaway we call HOME

Tell us what ‘Home’ means to you for your CHANCE to WIN!  **UPDATE: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED**  Home is a richly poignant and hopeful story written and illustrated evocatively with tenderness and light. Derived from a true, personal author story, it delves deeply into our hearts and souls, illuminating the strength of those from the past who paved the READ MORE

Featuring Karen Hendriks at HOME

#home #bookcampaign #booksontourpr It’s such a pleasure to welcome back Karen Hendriks, returning to our blog following her previous book campaigns for Go Away, Foxy Foxy, and Feathers. Now, we have the honour of exploring a personal journey of the sacrifice Karen’s own family endured after World War 2, in a stunning tribute of hope READ MORE

The Quick Six Interview with Steven Herrick on Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Steven Herrick! We are delighted to welcome award-winning author Steven Herrick to the blog to talk about his recent middle grade fiction, Zoe, Max and the Bicycle Bus! This funny, uplifting verse novel celebrates freedom, creativity and friendship that will have you smiling and taking straight to the outdoors… on bikes! Thank READ MORE

The Importance of Teaching Students about Totalitarian Ideologies by Jason K. Foster

#hadamarthehouseofshudders #bookcampaign #booksontourpr Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana In writing Hadamar I wanted students to think about the importance of their own education. I wanted to highlight both the importance of children to a society but equally how a totalitarian society will attempt to indoctrinate its READ MORE