Look, I'm fine. Yes, my ears have grown, my nose protrudes and my eyes are insane. I'm just getting into the zone. No FB, twitter, instagram for a bit. Ha? Am I sick? I go into spinal surgery tomorrow and I won't be jumping around for a while. But watch this space - I'll be back for the SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference, my loved picture book 'Boy In The Big Blue Glasses' illustrated by the brilliant one-and-only Marjorie Crosby-Fairall .... watch this space!
Brilliant, entertaining - 3 kid’s’ authors, Nat, Liz , Kate creators of One More Page Podcast inspired SCBWI authors and illustrators today with hilarity and books. 💗 them and excited about their new books coming out. Everyone should listen to One More Page . It’s free and all the family can listen - it's got something for everyone if you love story. I do!
What? Not my legs. What can you expect from librarians! They knock your socks off! They inspire kids, love books and are writers’ best friends. It’s you Jackie at our committee meeting for Books in Homes Australia. 💗 you!
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Being on the committee for Books in Homes Australia is one of the great joys of life - I hang out with the amazing Dub Leffler whose ‘Sorry Day ‘ is a masterpiece written by Coral Vass, author and the funny and talented illustrator Jules Faber - Australian Artist - and the best kids’ books experts Jackie Hawkes and Claire Stuckey - just the best committee! What do we do? Select books to send to indigenous and disadvantaged kids - 2 million books sent to date!!!
Love being an ambassador for the Premier’s Reading Challenge where nearly 400,000 kids from public, private, catholic, home schools read, read, read. The premier Gladys Berejiklian was so warm to the kids of Holyrood Special School. When she read ‘Twig’ by Aura Parker with one of the kids, it was beautiful. THANKYOU to the amazing Tamara Rodgers and the teachers of the school for a day of celebrations.
I 💗 World Vision Australia-dedicated to empowering indigenous kids in the juvenile justice system, so they'll believe in their future. I ‘m hanging out here with Kaye Houston from World Vision, celebrating what they do. Have a look at their amazing programs with education and developing self sufficiency.
It's that time of year to love and care. So my favourite charities who I support are Room to Read Australia reaching 12 million kids in the developing world, Books in Homes Australia reaching indigenous and disadvantaged kids with books, Monkey Baa Theatre taking the best of kids theatre to kids from the outback to the cities.
The best party of the year with the stars of kids authors and illustrators coming in their droves to Paul and Beth Macdonald’s coolest terrace in artsy inner city Sydney - one of the iconic booksellers and speakers agencies in Australia! The Children's Bookshop
Birrong Girls High School is a beautiful school welcoming visitors with a gorgeous display of The Kangaroo Paw plantings, Australian girls from diverse backgrounds and the much loved school librarian Victor Davidson. As I walked to the library, the girls told me their ambitions- to be an intensive care nurse, scientist, teacher. It is a state school in Western Sydney offering the best of education with books at its core. I have spoken there to the girls about my books again to a wonderful reception. It’s always a pleasure to visit and talk books.
I did my pratice teaching there in the 1970s! I still have a letter from some of the students thanking me for bringing history to life for them! It's one of the things that inspired me to write my Heritage Heroes books.
Possum Magic, illustrated by the talented Julie Vivas, written by Mem Fox Adapted by Eva di Cesare and Sandie Eldridge. It's filled with magic, puppets, dancing, the most engaging actors, sparkling stars and moon - it's going to be a must see.
So beautiful to see Jill Carter-Hansen ‘s beautiful peace art in the Uniting Church in Australia, Paddington - I framed it as a gift for PEACE for everyone of all faiths. THANKYOU to Reverend Ben Gilmour for hanging it in the church.
So proud of the The Residences Centennial Park - heritage homes which we restored for the community in Centennial Parklands - otherwise they could have been lost forever- and we’ve made it open to stay and have events too - finalist in the tourism awards! Congratulations Nadia Ruben and the team at the Residences - you are stars!!
So richly deserved! You not only breathed life into these superb heritage houses but managed to produce accommodation that reflects their history - and Centennial Park at night all yours! Bravo!
Guess where I am? NSW Tourism Awards- 1st song and dance was The Showman - only issue is - where is HughJackman - but the show was fabulous and The Residences Centennial Park was a finalist for best unique accommodation and events in NSW. Hey, forget NSW - they must have meant the best in Australia! Ha!
It was glittery and I accidentally met the editor of KOOKIE MAGAZINE - who I'd never met before - who's edited my story for the next Kookie edition. The world is really - six degrees of separation.
This Aussie girl’s father came as a boat refugee from Vietnam. She’s here with me and the fabulous librarian Victor Davidson and staff to receive this portrait of Nam Le acclaimed author of The Boat - also a Vietnamese refugee. Proudly hanging at Birrong Girls High School Sydney. Painted by Jules Sevelson.
High-fives to the NSW Education for their internationally recognised Braille and Large Print services to the kids of NSW and beyond.
41 kids received awards for their creative writing at the Braille Awards Night. I put braille medals around their necks and I got a medal too for sharing 'I Am Jack' (HarperCollins Children's Books Australia) with them.
It was a privilege to share the occasion with such dedicated teachers and transcribers of books into Braille. I loved the kids who are brave and dedicated, facing great challenges to be readers and so much more.
They read books for the Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) - in braille of course! I am proud to be aan ambassador for the PRC with Deborah Abela and Oliver Phommavanh Fan Page
‘I am Jack’ in Braille- my heart jumped as I received this incredible gift at the Braille Award night by the Australian Braille Authority where talented blind kids received medals and books in Braille for their creative writing! Inspiring kids. Inspiring teachers. Inspiring families!
It's a beautiful weekend. SydneyHarbourAustralia is glorious. Our oceans are glorious. I love turtles - and they have a right to play and swim - please don't throw rubbish into our oceans!!!!!!! Put a heart here and share - let's be activists for the love of our world!
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NSW Marine Park Officer Brett Vercoe stopped to document this scene while boating through Moreton Bay Marine Park on Sunday.
He said he wanted to share the graphic video so people stop and think before dumping rubbish in the ocean.