Category Archives: children’s picture books

12 x 12 in 2014 Picture Book Writing Challenge

If you are a picture book writer (published or unpublished), you may be interested in the 12 x 12 in 2014 Picture Book Writing Challenge run by published picture book author Julie Hedlund. The challenge is to write 12 picture … Continue reading

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Kids-Book review of A Christmas Tail

Donna and I are so chuffed. We have just received another lovely review for our co-authored children’s picture book, A Christmas Tail. The review is by Anastasia of  Kids-bookreview, a well respected children’s literature and book review site. Without further … Continue reading

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November is Picture Book Month Picture Book Month is an international literacy initiative that celebrates the print picture book during the month of November. To celebrate the month, a different author or illustrator will visit Picture Book Month explaining why … Continue reading

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A Christmas Tail features in CKT’s October Pitch Ya Book!

A Christmas Tail, co-authored by Donna Smith and ME!, is featured this month in Creative Kids Tales’s Pitch Ya Book. The gorgeous illustrations are by Aaron Pocock. The other books featured this month are: Sue Whiting’s A Swim in the … Continue reading

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Bestselling author signs with small publisher

Last week I chatted with best selling children’s author, Nicky Johnston about her writing journey, and the inspiration behind her third book, Actually I Can. It is an inspiring story and I thought you might like to find out how … Continue reading

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Actually I Can by Nicky Johnston

Actually, I Can – Written and illustrated by Nicky Johnston ISBN: 9780 98709 2670 Paperback Subjects: Anxiety in children Picture book 32 pages Published by Rough Draft 2013 Being a worry bunny often stops Connor from having fun. He wishes … Continue reading

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Meet Nicky Johnston, author of Actually I Can.

I love chatting with talented authors who have achieved success through hard work. So this week, I will be showcasing Nicky Johnston and her newly released children’s book, Actually I Can. After self-publishing and selling 11,000 copies of her first … Continue reading

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New Pre-launch Christmas In July Release

Psst! I know it isn’t Christmas yet, and most of us don’t really want to know. However, if you like to party, keep reading. It is currently winter time in Australia. And for many people who live in areas where … Continue reading

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Celebrate Christmas in July with Peter Mouse

Christmas In July is fast becoming a ‘formal’ celebration. It apparently began over twenty years ago in Austalia’s internationally famous Blue Mountains, and has grown to become a major seasonal event. I am still researching the origin of this tradition … Continue reading

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Book App Academy – registration open till 21 June.

Book app expert, Karen Robertson, has just reopened her online Home Study Course for creating book apps – Book App Academy – and is taking new members until June 21st 2013! ~~~~~~~~ This 8-module, video-tutorial course takes you through planning … Continue reading

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