PASS IT ON - Monday 1st Feb 2016 - issue 571
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ILLUSTRATION OF THE WEEK

 
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PASS IT ON is a weekly, interactive, networking e-zine for anyone interested in the children's book industry.

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JACKIE'S HATS
MEET THE WRITER
This year I would like to include 2 new segments to the PIO ezine.

The first will be Meet the Writer.

If you would like to be included in the segment, all you need to do is copy, paste and answer the questions below in a word document and send them to me.

It will be a first in best dressed system but I hope, as with the illustrators, that I can include a new writer every week.

The second segment, which I ran a few years ago will be Publishers' Pet Peeves.

If you are a publisher and you would like me to include your pet peeves (these will be anonymous in the ezine so feel free to go to town!) - please send them here.

**Just a quick note - this second segment won't be available until I've moved house. Everything's all a bit up in the air at the moment so will get back on track once we've moved.**
Please feel free to delete questions that don’t apply or add any questions you fancy answering.
 
 
 
When did you know that you were a writer?
 
 
When did you first read your writing aloud or give it to someone to read and what was their reaction? How did it impact on you?
 
 
What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?
 
 
What is your favourite genre to write? Why?
 
 
How long have you been writing? And what have you written?
 
 
Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?
 
 
What is your favourite genre to read? Why?
 
 
Do you have a favourite author?
 
 
Did/do you have any writing heroes or mentors?
 
 
How do they encourage you?
 
 
Do you mentor others? What do you do?
 
 
Do you write full time?
 
 
What are your other jobs?
 
 
Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?
 
 
Have you ever been awarded a grant? How did it help you?
 
 
Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?
 
 
Do you participate in writing workshops as a student? Which ones were memorable?
 
 
Do you run writing workshops? What do you include?
 
 
How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?
 
 
We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?
 
 
How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.
 
ANNOUNCEMENTS
Happy to announce that we have moved successfully to our new home. Thanks to a yagi antennae we are able to get 4G which was beyond my expectations so very happy. We don't have huge data so will have to very careful. But all in all a very good outcome :-)
WRITERS'FESTIVALS

We invite you to next year's Somerset Celebration of Literature!

Over 30 authors from around Australia and overseas will run interactive sessions and workshops for both students and adults over three exciting days.

Details of attending authors will be given once finalised - book the dates! It's a wonderful opportunity to meet the authors, have books signed and enjoy a festival dedicated to reading and writing.

The full programme will be released online in February 2016. For more information on last years Festival please
click here.

Remember to stay in touch and share your experiences of the 2015 Celebration of Literature via our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Two more fabulous publishers join the great KidLitVic2016 line up!
 
We are thrilled to advise that Allen & Unwin and Text Publishing will also be participating in KidLitVic2016.
 
This fabulous day will include publisher panels, manuscript and portfolio assessments and a cocktail party.
 
Please note that you MUST have booked for the conference in order to attend the cocktail party or have an assessment. (Bookings opening soon.)
 
More information at our website http://kidlitvic2016.wix.com/meetthepublishers
 
You’ll also find information and FAQs specifically for authors and for illustrators.
 
Nearly 90% of tickets sold, so don’t miss out!
 
Bookings at Trybooking http://www.trybooking.com/JUCR
BOOK LAUNCHES
Annabel’s Dance

by Diane Jackson Hill and Lois Bury
Published: Wombat Books
Feb 20, 4pm The Bookshop at Queenscliff
All welcome.

RSVP Marylou Gilbert <thebookshopatqueenscliff@gmail.com>
SPECIAL EVENTS

The Peasant Prince National Tour 2016

The Monkey Baa Theatre company presents, The Peasant Prince

“You have your secret dreams. Follow them. Make them come true.”

As writers of children’s literature, we know that books are magical. But the enchantment factor soars when a children’s book comes to life on stage.

The Peasant Prince, written by Li Cunxin and illustrated by Anne Spudvilas, tells Li’s life story. As a ten-year-old peasant child in the People’s Republic of China, he was removed from his family in the country and sent to the big city to learn ballet for his nation.

Based on Li’s autobiography Mao’s Last Dancer, the story is full of harsh realities, the wonder of ballet, and the resilience and gutsy determination of a peasant boy cum ballerina.

The stage adaptation was created by Eva Di Cesare, Sandra Eldridge and Tim McGarry and produced by Monkey Baa Theatre. (extract from the Book Links blog post by Alison Stegert)

To view tour dates of this production and make an online booking, visit the Monkey Baa Theatre web site: http://monkeybaa.com.au/event/the-peasant-prince-national-tour-2016/#tab1

Tour runs from 9th April to 7th September 2016 across Australia.

OPPORTUNITIES
The Great Novella Search is back! The submission window opens 1 December 2015 and will close 1 February 2016. The winner receives $1,000, publication in print and digitally, and a Busybird Publishing contract.
The Karen and Philip Cushman Late Bloomer Award is for authors over the age of fifty who have not been traditionally published in the children’s literature field. The grant was established by Newbery Award winner and Newbery Honor Book recipient Karen Cushman and her husband, Philip Cushman, in conjunction with the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.  Karen published her first children’s book, The Midwife’s Apprentice (winner of the 1996 Newbery Medal), at the age of fifty-three and has gone on to become one of the field’s most acclaimed novelists.

The award is open to unpublished children’s book authors or author/illustrators over the age of fifty, and one winner will be chosen from the pool of those who have submitted material for the SCBWI Work-In-Progress Grants.

Deadline: Submitted through the Work-In-Progress application from March 1-31.

 
The deadline date for story and poem submissions is March 31, 2016. The book will be published in May or June 2017.
COMPETITIONS & AWARDS

THE TEXT PRIZE FOR YOUNG ADULT & CHILDREN’S WRITING

The $10,000 Text Prize aims to discover incredible new books for young adults and children by Australian and New Zealand writers.

Awarded annually to the best manuscript written for young readers, the prize has unearthed extraordinary, multi-award-winning books and launched international publishing careers. 

Published and unpublished writers of all ages are eligible to enter with works of fiction or non-fiction.

The winner receives a publishing contract with Text and a $10,000 advance against royalties. 

Read a Q&A with Prize alumni, check out the FAQ and download the entry form for the 2016 Text Prize.

SUBMISSIONS OPEN: Monday 1 Feb 2016
SUBMISSIONS CLOSE: Friday 4 March 2016

The winner of the 2016 Text Prize will be announced at an event in Melbourne in April.

‘The Text Prize is going from strength to strength…Winners that push the boundaries of young-adult fiction.’ Books+Publishing

‘Quickly building a glowing reputation.’ Sydney Morning Herald

THE COMPETITION IS NOW OPEN!
 
 
The prize is for a single poem written by an adult for children (aged 7–11).
 
 
What we are looking for is a stand-out poem to which we can award a prize of €1,000 to celebrate the richness of children’s writing.   
 
The Prize is open to everyone over the age of 18. The work must be original and previously unpublished. The entry fee is €12 per poem and you can enter as many poems as you like. 
 
 
Or send your poem along with an entry form (downloadable HERE) and a cheque or postal order made payable to 'The Moth Magazine Ltd' to:
 
The Caterpillar, Ardan Grange, Milltown, Belturbet, Co. Cavan, Ireland.
 
And please do READ THE RULES before you enter!

The competition will be judged anonymously by the publishers of The Caterpillar and The Moth, Rebecca O’Connor and Will Govan.   
 
CLOSING DATE 31 MARCH 2016 
 
The winning poem will feature in the summer 2016 issue of The Caterpillar. Commended stories may also be published in the same or subsequent issues.
 
The best of luck!  
 
 
You can read about last year's winner here
The Secret Door Writing Competition is conducted by members of the Twisted Leads, an Australian writers’ group. In celebration of their ten year anniversary in 2016 the Twisted Leads mission is to give back to the Australian writing community.
 
The inaugural competition for aspiring and indie/self published writers of children’s and YA genres opens on 15 March, 2016.
 
In addition to returning the entry fee to first placegetters in each category, this competition offers an optional opportunity for the winners to resubmit their updated entry one month after receiving their feedback which will then be published on The Secret Door website, helping the authors to gain exposure. All entries in each category will also receive feedback.
 
Each year the focus will be on a new aspect of writing. In 2016 the focus is on hooks, capturing the interest of readers from the start with a hook in the first sentence, first paragraph, end of the first page and end of the first chapter.
 
The proceeds of The Secret Door Writing Competition will purchase children’s and YA books to be donated to families affected by domestic voilence across Australia.
 
As the website is under construction, for further information about the competition guidelines and requirements please visit and Like the Facebook page of The Secret Door Writing Competition for Children’s and YA Writers.
CYA Conference

Writing and Illustrating Competition

For more info and entry forms please visit www.cyaconference.com
 
Please note in 2016 there is no direct debit option. We will only be accepting payment by PayPal/Credit Card.
All entries must be submitted online on the CYA Conference website.
 
Unpublished Entrants:
Opens: 20th January 2016
Closes: 30th April 2016
Entry Fee:
     Aspiring (Unpublished):                   AUS$ 19.90 including GST
     Hatchlings (8 – 18yrs):              AUS$ 13.10 including GST
Published:
Opens: 27th January 2016
Closes: 30th April 2016
 
Entry Fee:
       Published:                                      AUS$ 37.70 including GST
 
Final Judge for Published Author still to be advised on opening of competition.
 
Categories:
Aspiring:
  1. Picture Book – preschool aged children,
  2. Picture Book – primary aged children,
  3. Picture Book Non Fiction – primary aged children
  4. Chapter Book – a) younger primary aged children
        b) older aged children (Middle Grade)
      5.            Young Adults
      6.            Illustrations:  Only the art work is judged in these categories, not the words
                     although they must be provided:
Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels
      7.            Illustrations.
 
Published:
  1. Picture Books
  2. Novels
  3. Illustrations
Hatchlings:
  1. Picture Books preschool and primary aged children,
  2. Chapter book and Young adult.
  3. Graphic novels, illustrated picture books and Middle Grade illustrated novels.
 
Prize for each section:
Unpublished: Writing & Illustrating: - $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.
Published Authors: Critique of winning entry by Final Judge to be advised, and a face to face editor/agent appointment at conference with industry professional of their choice attending.
Hatchlings: $100.00 per category, and submission of short listed entries to at least one publisher of children’s books.
All entries receive their judge’s feedback by 31st August 2016.
See web site for details: www.cyaconference.com
 
PUBLISHER GUIDELINES

So I’ve been at it again – trawling the internet for your pleasure and here is the result – a brand new UPDATED copy of

‘AUSTRALIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK PUBLISHERS ACCEPTING UNSOLICITED MSS.’

If you have already purchased the original copy, produced in Feb 2015 you can email me for the update, free of charge. You will need to include the original copy as an attachment with your email to show proof of purchase.

If you’ve yet to purchase this very reasonably priced resource you can do so by scrolling to the end of the newsletter.

Happy Hunting

COURSES & WORKSHOPS

Click here for more information on course dates in Sydney, Melbourne, Perth and Online

Hello everyone. I am super excited to be running this course next year in Melbourne.
 

Commences:

Tuesday 2 February 2016

Location:

Meeting Room, Northcote Library

32 – 38 Separation Street, Northcote

Transport:

Free parking at Northcote Plaza

Northcote Train Station (South Morang Line)

86 Tram to High Street/Separation Street

11 Tram to St Georges Road/Arthurton Road

Duration:

Six weeks (consecutive Tuesdays)

Time:

6pm – 8.30pm

Price:

$395 – full ($350 – conc.)


However, if you can’t attend, no problem! On the girl&duck website, under the menu item, ‘quack!’, you will find inspiration and support, all sorts of posts about writing books for children. First post, a blog for aspiring artists and illustrators. Thank you for dropping by! http://girlandduck.com/
 
Write Links Writing Workshops
 
We are pleased to announce that Book Links will be co-hosting five writing workshops with Write Links in 2016.  All workshops will be held at State Library of Qld from either 12.30 or 1.00pm. The Brian Falkner event is free and others are $15 for members and $25 for non-members.

Brian Falkner – “How to Write Like an Author”.  Saturday, 6th February, 2016. 

Author Brian Falkner has created a set of resources that can be used to inspire young writers to ‘write like an author’. This is an introduction to the materials he has created. For more information on the content visit http://www.writelikeanauthor.com This is a great opportunity to see how Brian presents his workshops for children in the middle years of schooling. Saturday 6 Feb. 2016.  Book HERE!

Peter Carnavas – “Picture Books”.  Saturday, 5th March, 2016.

In this workshop, Peter will cover many aspects of picture book creation.  There will be a focus on the varieties of narrative structure, characters and how to make your text as powerful and efficient as possible.  Peter will also share storyboard tips and how to tell your story visually, whether writing for an illustrator or as an illustrator.

Peter Carnavas grew up as the youngest of four kids with two parents who somehow allowed and encouraged him to pursue his interests without him realising.  He learnt the violin and guitar and was pretty certain he would one day become one of the world’s greatest songwriters, sitting somewhere alongside Bob Dylan, John Lennon and Brian Wilson. This didn’t happen, so it was lucky he could draw little pictures of people.
Peter has always written stories and scribbled pictures.  Every birthday and Christmas present included pencils and sketchbooks.  After making little books for family and then teaching for a few years, Peter began immersing himself in picture books.  He immediately fell in love with the work of the great picture book creators.
Peter completed a picture book course and put together a dummy version of his book, Jessica’s Box.  A little while later, New Frontier accepted the book.  His tale of a little girl’s attempt to find friendship entered the world in April 2008 and was shortlisted for the CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award.
Many books have followed, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books, My Totally Awesome Story (written by Pat Flynn) and The Boy on the Page. He has recently collaborated with Kat Chadwick to create What’s in My Lunchbox?, and has illustrated Damon Young’s picture books, My Nanna is a Ninja and My Pop is a Pirate.   Book HERE!

James Moloney –  Planning a Series – Saturday, 7th May, 2016.

James Moloney has written a number of successful series for young readers. His ‘Gracey stories’ comprising three YA novels about an Indigenous family was widely praised. Later, he turned to fantasy where series seems the name of the game with the successful ‘Book of Lies’ trilogy and ‘The Silvermay Sagas’. For younger readers he wrote the adventure series, ‘The Doomsday Rats’. In writing these books he ran the full gamut of what to do and what not to do which he will share with seminar participants.
The seminar will focus on what publishers are looking for, how to develop characters who will sustain reader interest across a multiple book series, how to keep them fresh, planning story lines across multiple books and the creation of ‘worlds’, both realistic and speculative, which suit the writing of series for the young. The emphasis will be practical and much of the activity interactive, so participants should bring along their cherished ideas and be prepared to discuss them.  Book HERE!

And later on in the year:

Marianne de Pierres – World Building, August, 2016
Pamela Rushby – Historical Fiction, November, 2016.
 
To join Book Links: http://www.trybooking.com/Booking/BookingEventSummary.aspx?eid=174349&bof=1 
JOIN US FOR WRITING PICTURE BOOKS (ONLINE)
 
The aim of this subject is to guide students towards a first draft of a picture book text that will then be workshopped and submitted as a final assignment.

 
You will analyse and discuss a range of picture books, look at elements of structure, plot, character, setting and theme, and use these to form a strong basis for your own story.

 
There will be a focus on language, including rhyme and rhythm, and how to make a text “sparkle”.
 
The course will be offered over 15 weeks, starting 22 Feb.

Each week’s study will be approximately 4 hours (average).


 
Cost is approx $200 if you live in Victoria. $660 if you live interstate or overseas.

This is an accredited unit, part of the Cert IV in Professional Writing & Editing, at Victoria University Polytech. Other units are available or you can do just this one.

For more information and enrolment, email Sherryl.Clark@vu.edu.au
 
2-day masterclass with one-on-one personal consultation time
Strictly limited to 5 places
$745 (inc GST)

Internationally acclaimed, multi award winning author and illustrator, Matt Ottley will distil over 30 years of experience, covering all aspects of the creative and publishing process in an intensive 2-day masterclass.

With 28 story picture books published, in multiple languages, as well as 30 nonfiction books under his belt, Matt will expertly guide you in your publishing journey.

Course Details

• Linear and circular story telling styles
• The form and structure of picture books and how to pace your story
• Tension and resolution
• What writers need to know about visual literacy and collaborating with an illustrator
• Working with a literary agent
• All aspects of the publishing process: what to do when submitting a manuscript, what to look for in a publishing contract and working with an editor
• An hour-long one-on-one consultation with Matt gives you an opportunity for discussion and analysis of your own work.

*Lunch provided on first day

DATES/LOCATION

27-28th February, 2016

Heidi’s Place Books

29 Wharf Street
Murwillumbah, NSW
 
 
ILLUSTRATOR OF THE WEEK

Coral Tulloch


Please describe your chosen illustration. Is it a personal piece or is it for a particular project?
 
I have chosen this illustration as I have started a new facebook page for me to try to place on a drawing each day and I chose this one as the masthead for the page.  Living beside the tip of the Southern Ocean and watching the ships sail out for the start of the summer polar season, my heart is always with them, wanting to travel south again.  I did this illustration several years ago for an exhibition of Antarctic work, inspired by a book I found on the bridge of the good ship Aurora Australis.  Their names alone inspire all that there is in life of weaving fact and fiction.
 
How long have you been illustrating? How old were you when you started?
 
I started my first published work in newspapers and then with my own syndicated children’s page for newspapers in 1980.  I was 24.
 
Have you ever been paid for your work? What was the first piece you were paid for?
 
I have had several exhibitions and also had artwork paid for from books and commissions.
 
Did you study art beyond high school?
 
I did study art, but did not finish…I don’t think, in reality you ever finish.  I went to Art School, fine art, at East Sydney Technical College, Animation at Randwick Technical College, Fine Arts at the University of Tasmania, worked in studios, drawing in Florence, Italy and worked in Lithography at the Academy of Applied Arts through the Illustration faculty in Prague, Czech Republic.
 
What type of classes did you enjoy the most?
 
Drawing and lithography.
 
What made you decide you wanted to illustrate for children?
 
I think I just naturally grew towards this, as I always wanted to tell stories and drew characters.
 
How do you find illustration work?
 
I used to send samples to publishers, but now I feel that the story line, or concept is as important to me and I send off proposals for pieces of work.
 
Do you have an agent that represents you? If so, how long you have been with them? If not would you like to find representation?
 
No.

Have you illustrated a picture book, yet? 



Yes, I have worked on close to 60 books for children
 
 
Have you done illustrations for any children’s magazines? Which ones?
 
I started many years ago illustrating for Scholastic’s many magazines…and now and then I might see a piece of black line art work at a school and think it looks familiar and then realise, it’s mine.
 
Have you worked with educational publishers? If so, which ones?
 
I have worked with many educational publishers, including Macmillian, Scholastic, the old Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, Rigby, Nelson.
 
What materials do you use to paint your illustrations?
 
I use pencil, ink and watercolour, although sometimes I also use other materials, but mostly the above.
 
What is the one thing in your studio that you could not live without?
 
Paper
 
How much time do you spend illustrating?
 
It really depends on the book I am producing, or the project I am working on…some are very complex works and others are looser.
 
Do you exhibit your work?
 
Yes
 
Has the Internet been helpful for you?
 
Not really
 
Do you use much technology with your illustrations? Computer programmes or drawing tablets?
 
None
 
What are you working on now?
 
Several different project ideas, some collaborative.
 
Do you have any tips you can share with us? Example: Paint or paper that you love – the best place to buy – a new product that you’ve tried – A how to tip, etc.
 
I do love pencils (graphite) and always try to tell children that they are their best friends.  But years ago I found the Neo Colours, a rapid mark maker, draw straight on to the paper, then flood with water in some areas and it creates an instant surprise…well worth having materials like this on hand to loosen up and experiement.  (They also make perfect non toxic body paint!)  But I just adore pen and ink…there is nothing that can’t be achieved without the old fashioned pencil and pen and ink, with a splash of water!
My favourite art shop is Zecchi in Firenze, Italy.  They are still family run and make their own paints.  I did my last book with colours from there.
 
Where you can find me
 
www.facebook.com/cloudyseas
 

 
MEET THE WRITER

Stephanie Campisi
When did you know that you were a writer?
 
When I was first able to write, I think. That sounds a bit facetious, but I was that kid writing illustrated tomes throughout primary school and handing in novella-length manuscripts as part of English class. A shameless knock-off of a Tin Tin story involving detective dolphins was probably the highlight of my primary school writing efforts. I should probably apologise to Ms Ferguson for that.
 
What and when was your first acceptance? How did you feel?
 
I actually sold the first short story I ever submitted, and I still have the (very small) uncashed cheque as a memento. I’ve since balanced out that initial success with hundreds of rejections, so that’s kept my ego in check.
 
What is your favourite genre to write? Why?
 
Everything. I have a bit of a Georges Perec bent in that I want to try my hand at every type of writing possible – I’ve written everything from picture books to novels to poetry to interactive fiction. Most things seem to come out with a bit of a fantastic twist and plenty of wordplay, so there’s that. Puns. Can puns be a genre?
 
Of your own work – do you have a favourite? Why is it your favourite?
 
On the strength of titles alone, Pebble Without a Cause is probably the winner. A pebble in a family of boulders feigns being a moon rock in order to stand out – with disastrous effects. I think you can do a lot working at the intersection of sad and silly, which is where my books tend to land. 
 
Do you write full time?
 
In a sense. By day I’m a copywriter specialising in branding and identity projects, and with a particular interest in packaging copy. I’ve also worked on a lot of media tie-ins for big Hollywood properties that I’m not allowed to name, which has been a daunting but exciting experience. (If only the stuff with my name on it could sell so well!) It’s forced me to err on the side of brevity and to consider words as part of a larger whole – and of course to write with a particular impact or outcome in mind.

Have you ever won an award/s or been shortlisted? What was it for?
 
Early on in my writing career I was focusing mostly on short fiction for adults, and was shortlisted for a couple of awards – Aurealis and Ditmar best short story short-listings, and a Best New Talent shortlisting. I’ve also judged a couple of awards, including the John Marsden Short Story Award, the My Brother Jack Award and the Small Press Most Underrated Novel Award. A challenging but rewarding experience involving huge stacks of paper and marking rubrics!
 
Do you belong to any professional organisations? What are they and how do they help you?
 
I’m a member of my local chapter of the SCBWI, and I’ve found it invaluable in keeping on top of industry news and in meeting like-minded authors. It can get lonely being hidden behind a screen all day! 
  
How might you be contacted in relation to running workshops or for school visits?
 
I’ve recently moved from my native Melbourne to Portland, Oregon (which is basically Melbourne but half the size and on the other side of the world), so any Aussie visits or workshops are most likely to be conducted via Skype. Getting in touch with Sammy Bosch (Sammy@mightymedia.com) is probably the best way to arrange an in-person visit.

We all know that would be writers should read and write as much as possible – do you have any other advice?
 
Just to be true to yourself as a writer. I think my agent probably cries a little each time I submit a manuscript – each is less marketable than the previous one and unashamedly falls between genres – but a book takes so much time and energy that it doesn’t make sense to work on something that you’re not truly passionate about.
 
How might people find you? Website, Blog, Facebook etc.
 
Feel free to stop by my website at www.stephaniecampisi.com; if you like photos of coffee and tweets about etymology and Old English, you can follow me on Twitter at @stephcampisi.
BOOKS, BLOGS, WEBSITES, APPS
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AUSTRALIAN WRITERS' CENTRES
 
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Are you looking for an author or illustrator to visit your school or library to share the joy of children’s books?
 
Authors & Illustrators in South Australian Schools is a new website linking South Australian literary creators with schools and libraries around the state. Our creators are experienced presenters offering engaging workshops and presentations for all ages and year levels.

Come visit our site, browse the talent list and book your creator! http://authorsandillustratorssa.com/

 

Book Reviews

Here’s a brand new children’s picture book for the new year! My First Day at School was created by Rosie Smith and Bruce Whatley, and published by Scholastic Press (2016). RRP: $Au 16.99.
 
School is a big deal, whether you’re a toddler starting day care or a five-year-old beginning big school. It also seems to be lots of fun if you’re a caterpillar or a duckling! 
 
From the publisher
 
On my first day, I will meet new friends and learn new things . . .What about you? Whether big or small, feathered or furry, the first day of school can be a lot of fun!
 
The combination of genuinely funny illustrations and very simple text will appeal to kids 2+. Apart from showing us a range of cute animals participating in everyday school and home-related activities, it provides an opportunity for kids to celebrate their achievements - like being able to dress themselves, finger paint, count to ten and handle their lunch. There’s also a lovely understated reassurance at the end when home time comes and we see a duckling and Mother Duck re-united. 
 
I love the simple text because it means this children’s picture book can also be memorised by youngsters via repeated re-sharing. Memorising is an important milestone on the road to reading, made more achievable by short text, and often by rhyming text too. So grab My First Day at School for home or for libraries to supplement resources about Myself or School. 
 
You might also be interested in reading my article, Helping Kids Get Ready for Big School. Find more Children's Book Reviews on The Book Chook by clicking Reviews in the right sidebar.
 
Reviewed by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com 
 
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