My 2017 Successes

My 2017 Successes

Children's author Julie Hedlund challenged participants of her 12 Days of Christmas for Writers series to post SUCCESSES (rather than resolutions) on our blogs this year.  

She believes the way New Year's resolutions are traditionally made come from a place of negativity — what DIDN'T get done or achieved in the previous year.  

Instead, she suggests we set goals for the New Year that BUILD on our achievements from the previous one.  

I decided to participate in this Anti-Resolution Revolution, so here is my list for 2017.

I’m super proud of this list. I really put myself out there in 2017, and I honestly cannot wait to see what 2018 brings.

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My Ten Favourite Books of 2017

My Ten Favourite Books of 2017

One of my most favourite things I did in 2017 was becoming a book reviewer for Kids' Book Review. I cannot quite explain just how much joy I get from reading. I feel as if books are a part of me, that in my hierarchy of needs, reading comes before breathing.

So I'm not really surprised that I went a little crazy with the book reviewing. In total, this year, I reviewed 91 books. That's like seven and a half books per month! 

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Top 8 Tips for Writing Great Stories (Plus 3 bonus Tips)

Top 8 Tips for Writing Great Stories (Plus 3 bonus Tips)

I recently won a writing competition: the Magic, Mystery or Skateboards competition at Creative Kids Tales.

The prize? An amazing, wonderful, inspiring Faber Writing Academy course at Allen and Unwin. I attended Getting Published as a Writer for Children in Sydney on October 14, and it was one of the best writing courses I have ever attended...

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Alphabet Games: Alphabet Hide and Seek

Alphabet Games: Alphabet Hide and Seek

I am about to set off on a teach-my-four-year-old-the-alphabet journey. We are all over numbers, but the alphabet thing just hasn't clicked for Little Miss Four.

Now, I'm definitely not one of those mums who wants their kids to be reading novels by the time they start preschool, but I am one of those mums who likes to spend some of the day playing games with the kids. So why not make some of those games about learning as well as fun? 

Well, that's what I think anyway!

So...

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How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 2)

How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 2)

 

CYA 2017 was a whirlwind of excitement, learning and nervous anticipation. The CYA team delivered a marvellous conference with over 200 delegates (their biggest yet). We learnt, we mingled, we met up with old friends and we made brand new friends. It was a wonderful, inspiring day.

But how did all that conference prep turn out? And was it worth it?

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How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 1)

How to Prep for a Writing Conference (Part 1)

I am just about to get on a plane and head off to the CYA (Children's and Young Adult) writers and illustrators conference in Brisbane. I've attended many writing workshops, courses, presentations and events over the last few years, but this will be my first major writing conference.

Anyone who knows me, knows I am an organised person, so it will come as no surprise to friends and family that I have literally been preparing for this conference for months...

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How to Have Fun and Games With Picture Books

How to Have Fun and Games With Picture Books

Most kids love hearing stories, and you likely aren’t getting any complaints about story time (though some kids like stories more than others). But no matter how much the kids like books, sometimes it’s just fun to shake things up a bit.

Story time can easily become a fun and interactive game if you know how, so for the first post in The Story Time Series, here are my three favourite ways to turn story time into fun and games...

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The Story Time Series

The Story Time Series

Story time with kids is a wonderful thing. It’s a chance to snuggle and share and learn and laugh. But have you ever thought about just how much story time can give?

Sure, reading books to kids teaches them about language and how to read, but did you know it can also be used to teach maths, critical thinking and the art of storytelling itself. Stories can also be turned into games, which is great for kids who are not that into story time.

So, in a series of posts (The Story Time Series), I’m going to share with you my favourite ways to enrich story time and use it to have fun and learn with kids. Here’s what I’ll cover...

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