The Art of an Illustrator: Naomi Eccles-Smith

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Naomi Eccles-Smith! It’s a pleasure to welcome our next author-illustrator guest – Naomi Eccles-Smith is a talented digital artist best recognised for her unique fictional characters in a Japanese animated style, as well as her upper middle-grade series, Dragon Calling. Naomi’s piece, ‘Australian Brumbies‘ is a stunningly […]

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The Quick Six Interview with Crystal Corocher on Giovanni

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Crystal Corocher! It is with great delight to have the amazing Crystal Corocher here to share her remarkable story; Giovanni – a true tale of the incredible voyage on the SS India; a dangerous expedition that saw eager Italian families endure the intrepid journey across the seas to a new colony, […]

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Learning about Tulips for Breakfast

Tulips for Breakfast by Catherine Bauer is a powerful story of life, death and endurance against the odds, set in Amsterdam during the Second World War. From the German army’s arrival to liberation, the story takes its readers through the internal and physical struggles of Adelena, a young Jewish teen left in hiding with German […]

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#BOOKREVIEW: Tulips for Breakfast by Catherine Bauer

#BookReview: Tulips for Breakfast, Catherine Bauer (author), Ford Street Publishing, October 2022. Blurb: Set in World War II Amsterdam, from the arrival of the German army through to liberation, Tulips for Breakfast is a powerful and relatable tale of life, death, friendship and the ability of the human spirit to both endure and transcend evil. […]

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Would You Like Tulips for Breakfast?

***UPDATE: COMPETITION NOW CLOSED*** ‘This story is dedicated to the survivors, far and wide, who shared their stories with me or committed their memories to print – and to those who didn’t make it. Their stories and those of other genocides must never be forgotten – especially in times like this.‘ – Catherine Bauer Tulips […]

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A Story of Significance – Catherine Bauer on Tulips for Breakfast

The powerful and heart-rending tale based on the events during the Second World War, Tulips for Breakfast is already making an impact on its readers, keeping the memory alive, with thanks to award-winning author and journalist, Catherine Bauer. A South Australian-born journalist and communications specialist and awarded children’s writer, Catherine Bauer grew up in Adelaide, […]

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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, […]

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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. […]

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#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 […]

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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 […]

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