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Book Week strikes again

Booragoon Primary

Hooray for Book Week!

I’m not sure if this combination of feelings is possible, but I’m simultaneously:

  • exhausted
  • invigorated
  • inspired

I feel SO LUCKY to have been part of Children’s Book Week 2018.

This last week has been a whirlwind of fabulous students, engaged teachers, welcoming librarians and fun stories. I’ve spent all week finding my treasure: celebrating books and literacy and children’s books in particular.

My job has been to inspire children to read stories, to create stories, to engage with the world around them, to feel wonder and passion. I loved it!!!

It was a massive week. Here are a few more favourite photos…

Thanks to everyone who came along to hear me speak, and to everyone who booked me in to visit their school or library. Yuluma Primary.jpgAnd of course, a huge thanks to the Children’s Book Council and to Healthways (Go for 2 & 5!), who sponsor so many Children’s Book Week activities every year. What terrific and important work you do!

Book Week costume success

And check out this clever akaname (Filth Licker) costume, made by Liza, worn by Andreas, and inspired by the second book in the Takeshita Demons series. How cool!!!

The akaname is a Japanese monster (or yokai) that likes to clean dirty bathrooms. Exactly what I need.

And, as those of you who study Japanese would know, aka means red, which is why the cute little guy is red. AWESOME! (You’ll see it’s murasaki on my cover.)


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A Night With Our Stars: 20 West Australian authors and illustrators celebrate childrens books

Authors and illustrators in WA childrens book industry celebrateSee WA’s hottest writing talent for 2010, all in one place!

As well as being a great childrens book store, Westbooks hosts the annual Night With Our Stars extravaganza, celebrating West Australian writing and illustrating talent in the childrens book arena.

And guess what? This year some of that hot talent is me! Plus there’s heaps of other great names and titles on the line-up. Yippee!

So what are you waiting for?

Snap up your Night With Our Stars ticket and head on down to Westbooks for a night of fun and celebration. The evening promises to be terrific, with more than 20 authors and illustrators set to take the floor.

This year’s childrens book authors and illustrators include:Cristy Burne, James Caffey, Jenni Woodroffe, A Night With Our Stars at Westbooks

  • A.J. Betts
  • Cristy Burne
  • Raewyn Caisley
  • Deb Fitzpatrick
  • Elaine Forrestal
  • Mark Greenwood
  • Frané Lessac
  • Geoff Havel
  • Cheryl Kickett-Tucker
  • Mike Lefroy
  • Dave Luckett
  • Kate McCaffrey
  • Meg McKinlay
  • Shirley Marr
  • Shannon Melville
  • Lara Morgan
  • Sally Morgan
  • Sally Murphy
  • Jan Ramage
  • Ken Spillman
  • Michael Thompson

Want to attend? More details below:

When: Thursday 10 March 2011; 6:30 for 7:00 pm

Where: Westbooks Children’s Book Centre; 396 Millpoint Rd Victoria Park

How much: $20 CBCA Members $25 Non Members; drinks and nibbles provided

RSVP: Jenni Woodroffe (08 9367 4759) by Friday 4 March


Perth Writers Festival and Writing WA: celebrating West Australian writers and illustrators

Authors Shirley-Marr Cristy-Burne Deb-Fitzpatrick

I meet the awesome Deb Fitzpatrick and Shirley Marr on the night (thanks to Shirley for the photo!)

Celebrating WA writers

The Perth Writers Festival pre-launch kicked off last night with the launch of the Natural Selection MMXI Art Exhibition, an awesome collection of 48 Western Australian writers and their most recent publications, put together by WritingWA and WA’s Literary Lions (thanks!).

And guess what? I was one of those authors…what a buzz. I hadn’t realised that was going to happen, so it was a lovely (strange?)  surprise to see larger-than-life myself staring back at myself.

Name-dropping authors!

There were heaps of great authors there and I can’t name them all (you’ll have to see the exhibition!) but the photo above was taken by Shirley Marr’s hubby (who I went to high school with!) and is of me with Deb Fitzpatrick (author of 90 Packets of Instant Noodles) and Shirley (author of Fury).

At the end of the night, when all the wine and nibblies had been hauled away, I was still there, chatting madly with brilliant childrens authors Meg McKinlay, Dianne Wolfer and Briony Stewart (who is appearing at the Perth Writers Festival Family Day right before my session).

Catch the exhibition or see us in the flesh 🙂

You can see the exhibition on the UWA campus – in the forecourt between the Octagon and Dolphin Theatres – from 4-7 March.

If you want to see these great authors in person, come along to the  Children Book Council’s A Night With Our Stars next week…

Till then, I’m off to the festival! Yee ha!


10 activities for International Childrens Book Day

Want loads more FREE ideas, worksheets and resources? Check out my *TEACHERS* page.

Celebrating international childrens books

I am a member of the Childrens Book Council of Australia and recently received their terrific February newsletter.

In it was an awesome list of suggestions for ways to celebrate International Childrens Book Day, which is on April 2, the birthday of Hans Christian Anderson.

Here, shamelessly reproduced so you can get inspired with your own ways to celebrate, are their ideas:

Nine activities for International Childrens Book Day

1) read and promote stories by Anderson

2) introduce folk tales from around the world

3) invite parents from other cultures to share their childhood favourites and folk tales

4) suggest that your book club read an overseas childrens book

5) encourage children to write a story about a child from another culture

6) start a pen pal club with children from abroad

7) encourage each class to create a diaorama featuring a folk tale or story from elsewhere

8 ) explore flags, food, clothing, housing and stories from other cultures

9) invite fellow staff members to have a lunch or gathering where they speak for about a minute or so about their favourite childrens book and light a candle for world peace.

If you’re interested in celebrating International Childrens Book Day with other book lovers, check out your local branch of the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY): many branches are celebrating with dinners, activities and more.

And idea #10? It’s my own creation: a monster activity involving international mythology and your favourite books

Want loads more FREE ideas, worksheets and resources? Check out my *TEACHERS* page.

Have fun and stay safe!