Summer Reads ’22 – ’23

Happy New Year, Just Write For Kids peeps! Well, we’re about to embark on a new year, sure to be filled with glorious new reads to warm our hearts and souls. But for now, as we spend time reflecting, re-evaluating, rejuvenating and refreshing for what’s to come, the best place to be this summer is READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition WINNERS and RUNNERS UP 2022

Just Write For Kids Australia’s fifth 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 READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Shortlists 2022

It was so exciting to announce the Longlists for the 2022 Pitch It! Competition last week! Today, we are absolutely BUZZING, because we are about to reveal the fabulous Pitch It! Shortlists! These talented writers will all receive feedback on their pitches from our hard-working judges. Although the standard across the board was phenomenal, with many entries READ MORE

Pitch It! Competition Longlists 2022

WOW! What a result! CONGRATULATIONS to everyone who tackled the enormity of writing a knock-out pitch for our 2022 Pitch It! Competition! And to elicit so much in only 150 words or less! The judges were all in agreeance – this year’s standard was extremely high; the pitches impressed with their well-crafted elements of intrigue, READ MORE

Pitch It! Workshop

Just Write For Kids Australia are thrilled to offer Australian writers of children’s and young adult books the opportunity to present their ‘knock-out’ pitches to publishers through the annual Pitch It! Competition!* This year will be the fifth year we have organised this popular competition, and for the first time we are also allowing participants READ MORE

Imagine Our Special Place Educational Activities

#imagineourspecialplace #bookcampaign #booksontour Imagine Our Special Place is an uplifting and joyful story that celebrates life through the difficulties of adversity. With themes of sparking the imagination and special relationships, this picture book is glowing with emotion. Stemming from her own losses, author Kelly Louise Jarris, together with illustrator Sandunika Dissanayake, have brought a softness READ MORE

The Power of a Vivid Imagination in Children by Kelly Louise Jarris

#imagineourspecialplace #bookcampaign #booksontour Hold on to those precious moments where young children’s imaginations soar. Their sense of freedom to be creative and care-free with their imaginations is an important life skill. We love how Kelly Louise Jarris describes the power of that wonder and excitement, and how her books help to harness those mindful moments. READ MORE

#BookReview: Imagine Our Special Place by Kelly Louise Jarris and Sandunika Dissanayake

#imagineourspecialplace #bookcampaign #booksontour #BookReview: Imagine Our Special Place, Kelly Louise Jarris (author), Sandunika Dissanayake (illus.), InHouse Publishing, July 2022. Blurb: Sophie is unwell and has to go to the hospital a lot. This enchanting story is about two sisters that go on a magical journey. It touches on celebrating life and all its precious moments. READ MORE

Strength and Gratitude: Kelly Louise Jarris Talks about her Special Place

#imagineourspecialplace #bookcampaign #booksontour Kelly Louise Jarris provides comfort for families in times of adversity, with the notion that special places can be imagined and special bonds can live on forever. Thanks to the gift that is her beautiful picture book, Imagine Our Special Place. Thanks to Kelly for answering our questions about this personal story. READ MORE

An Inspiring Journey: Guest Post by Kelly Louise Jarris

#imagineourspecialplace #bookcampaign #booksontour Special thanks to author, Kelly Louise Jarris, for sharing her personal story about the losses of her sister and father; the inspirations she admired and reasons for writing Imagine Our Special Place. Our hearts are with you x Imagine Our Special Place stems from spending time with my sister and dad during READ MORE