Kids make a book

I have just had the honour of launching two books, both written and illustrated by Grade 3 & 4 kids at Casino Public School. This was an exceptional experience, working with kids over three sessions to create a book, start to finish. The kids were endlessly...

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6 Ways To Get Kids Excited About Creative Writing

A year ago, I visited a Grade 4 classroom to run a writing workshop. I started the workshop by asking the kids who liked writing. It was one of those schools where just about every kid threw up their hand. But there was one boy,...

4 Things To Know About Writing For Children

Everyone has a favourite picture book, right? A book that got into their bones when they were really young, and stayed there. Or maybe it’s a new book you’ve fallen in love with, when reading to your little ones. Falling in love with, or rediscovering...

Book Week Costume Ideas

Ah, Book Week! This is the first year, my kids will have a book parade, and to be honest, I am excited! I took the plunge and made myself a peach crayon costume. My kids are going as Alison Ashley, and Bertie, respectively. Very sweet...

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Mums On Phones

It’s Easter Monday. A public holiday. Our youngest daughter Eve wakes early. ‘Get out of bed!’ she says. ‘It’s Moana day! Remember, no devices!’ The gorgeous girl had crafted herself a raft out of bamboo fence, and a paddle from a piece of bamboo and a...

Your Creative Year

Hello. Well. 2019. What do you have in store for us, I wonder? I spent New Year’s Eve writing. Eight straight hours. Write, write, write. I worked on my middle grade manuscript the first two weeks of January, and spent the rest of the month...

First Day Of School Books & Wisdom

It’s a new school year in Australia. Last year, I was sending both my girls off to big school for the first time. It was emotional. But they coped better than I did! I still can’t believe it was only a year ago. How quickly...