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

Learn about The Lady with the Lamp: Educational Activities

#carlymillspioneergirl #theladywiththelamp #bookcampaign #booksontourpr In The Lady with the Lamp, Carly Mills and her friends are thrust back in time to the mid 1800s, where they meet the inspirational founder of modern nursing, Florence Nightingale. Travelling through London and the Crimea in Turkey, they discover what life was like for women, and how healthcare and sanitation READ MORE

#BookReview: Australia Remembers 2 by Allison Paterson

#australiaremembers2 #customsandtraditionsoftheadf #bookcampaign #booksontourpr   #BookReview: Australia Remembers 2: Customs and Traditions of the Australian Defence Force, Allison Paterson (author), Big Sky Publishing, March 2021. Blurb: On Anzac Day and Remembrance Day, we gather at commemorative services and parades all over Australia and the world. Did you know that at these events we can see traditions that READ MORE

Writing About Non-Fiction: Educational Tasks for Children and Adults!

#patrickwhite #bookcampaign #booksontourpr #day5 Being able to attract young readers to read and write about non-fiction, biographical accounts requires certain elements. According to Toni Brisland, author of the fascinating middle grade book about the life of celebrated novelist, Patrick White, there needs to a mix of quirkiness and fun thrown in to the facts. Today, READ MORE

#BookReview: Patrick White by Toni Brisland and Anastasia Popp

#patrickwhite #bookcampaign #booksontourpr #day2 #BookReview Patrick White, Toni Brisland (author), Anastasia Popp (illus.), Little Steps Publishing, August 2020. Blurb: Patrick White wanted to be a writer when no one thought he should! This remarkable man, remembered for how poetically he described the Australian landscape and people in his many novels and plays, is the only READ MORE