The Quick Six Interview with Jess Galatola and Jenni Barrand on Some Families Change

Welcome to #TheQuickSixInterview with Jess Galatola and Jenni Barrand! As 15 May is International Families Day, it’s the perfect day to welcome debut picture book author Jess Galatola, who shares the inspiration behind her heartwarming new release, Some Families Change. Jess used her own family situation as the inspiration behind her story, and wanted to […]

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The Art of an Illustrator: Michèle Dodd

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Michèle Dodd! Michèle Dodd is a talented traditional watercolour and pencil artist, writer and editor, who takes inspiration from her natural surroundings and turns realism into magic. Her breathtaking ‘Yellow-tailed Black Cockatoos’ artwork in Our Australian HeART absolutely sweeps its audience off their feet, soaring across the […]

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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 Art of an Illustrator: Bridget Acreman

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Bridget Acreman! We’re so delighted to welcome the brilliantly talented Bridget Acreman to the blog! Bridget is an animator, broadcast designer and illustrator, with books including The Wizard Shark, Elkie’s Escape and My Nonno. Her piece in Our Australian HeART is ‘Leaf Party Dress’; a whimsical illustration […]

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#Book Review: Anzac Ted by Belinda Landsberry

#BookReview: Anzac Ted, Belinda Landsberry (author and illustrator), EK Books, March 2024. Blurb: Anzac Ted is no ordinary bear. He’s got worn patches, frayed threads, missing parts and more… but that’s because he’s got an incredible story to tell. Long ago, Anzac Ted went to war alongside Grandpa Jack. He kept the soldiers company and gave them courage, […]

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The Art of an Illustrator: Alisha Dyer

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Alisha Dyer! This week, it’s a thrill to welcome illustrator, writer and graphic designer, Alisha Dyer, to the blog to talk about her inspirations for her stunning artwork. We were immediately drawn to Alisha’s ‘Redbank Gorge‘ for the Our Australian HeART anthology, for its breathtaking beauty in […]

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The Art of an Illustrator: Jacqui Hewlett

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Jacqui Hewlett! We’re delighted to welcome talented artist, author and pattern designer, Jacqui Hewlett, to our blog, to share her fascinating, wondrous and whimsical work with us. Jacqui’s playful ‘Wandering Geckos – Patterns in Nature’ piece is the first burst of movement and colour upon entering Our […]

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#BookReview: Our Shellharbour by Karen Hendriks and Emma Stuart

#BookReview: Our Shellharbour, Karen Hendriks (author), Emma Stuart (illus.), Little Shell Books, December 2023. Blurb: Join Lani and Oli as they explore Shellharbour’s natural wonders. Let’s go to magical places – From the mountains to the sea. Shellharbour is our treasure. Review: What a treasure of a book! From the opening endpapers and all the […]

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The Art of an Illustrator: Jennifer Horn

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Jennifer Horn! Our next talented artist is the amazing Jennifer Horn – author, illustrator and graphic designer inspired by the greats of Quentin Blake and Charles Mackesy. Jennifer’s magical visual storytelling pieces project an essence of whimsy and a loose energy that so gloriously capture her subjects’ […]

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The Art of an Illustrator: Daniela Glyntzos

Welcome to The Art of an Illustrator with Daniela Glyntzos! It’s such a privilege to welcome another amazing author-illustrator as a part of our The Art of an Illustrator series. Daniela Glyntzos is a writer, artist, and Visual Arts educator, who has added an absolutely enchanting piece to the Our Australian HeART anthology. ‘The Little […]

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