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

Character Chat with Dan from Solo Dan

#solodan #bookcampaign #booksontourpr #day5 What a delight to witness this in-depth conversation between author and character; delving deep into the thoughts and feelings of a boy once on the outer, and what that was like to never really be a part of the fun. Thanks, Teena and Dan for sharing the development of your story. READ MORE

#BookReview and Interview: The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn by Kate Gordon

The Heartsong of Wonder Quinn, Kate Gordon (author), Rachel Tribout (illus.), UQP, September 2020. From the publisher: A lonely orphan called Wonder Quinn yearns for a friend in this enchanting tale celebrating friendship, bravery and the importance of staying true to yourself. Wonder Quinn lives in the attic of Direleafe Hall with only a gloomy READ MORE

How Can Kids Help with Climate Change? Article by Elizabeth Mary Cummings

#rainshaker #bookcampaign #booksontourpr #day4 The harsh realities of the world turned into positive affirmations and interpretations. Thank you for this deeply insightful and empowering article to save our future, Elizabeth! xx I want a child who can change the world, a child who can believe, a child who is full of hope and energy and READ MORE

#BookReview: Rain Shaker by Elizabeth Mary Cummings and Cheri Hughes

#rainshaker #bookcampaign #booksontourpr #day3 #BookReview: Rain Shaker, Elizabeth Mary Cummings (author), Cheri Hughes (illus.), Big Sky Publishing, October 2020. Blurb: When Erin finds a snow-shaker she embarks on a magical journey of possibility. In a world of droughts and floods where water won’t behave, Erin’s imagination shakes things up and shows her she can help READ MORE