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Book Launch: Scaredy Book by Devon Sillet and Cara King

Book Launch: Scaredy Book by Devon Sillet and Cara King

Book yearns to be adventurous and leave Library, but he’s worried about being torn or getting lost… until he meets Emma.

Emma is everything Book wants to be, and she shows Book there’s nothing to fear in the world outside Library (and a little tear here and there is really not so bad).

Scaredy Book by Devon Sillet and Cara King, published by EK Books, was launched in Canberra on the weekend at the stunningly beautiful Harry Hartog bookshop.  

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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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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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