I've an Uncle Ivan

If you are in Melbourne this weekend, there’s a book launch not to be missed. Friend and colleague, Ben Sanders, is launching his first picture book! Ben is a graphic designer and illustrator of serious repute. His work regularly appears in mags, newspapers, books and advertising. You’ve probably seen his cool design work without even knowing. But, after reading “I’ve an Uncle Ivan” with your kids – you’re sure to recognise his work in the future. Continue reading

Writing Recognition – CYA 2012

Though I have been quieter this year online, I have still been writing as much as ever.  I first started this blog back in 2008 to work on my writing, and build an audience.  It has certainly done that – and more!  I really like writing for mums, and enjoy the interaction and conversation with others that blogging enables.  But, when it comes down to it, my first love will always be writing for kids. Continue reading

Scientific Literacy

As a keen birdwatcher, Miss 5 knows the scientific names of a few of her favourite species.  The first one she learned was Trichoglossus haematodus – the scientific name for a Rainbow Lorikeet.  The second was the closely related Trichoglossus chlorolepidotus, or Scaly-breasted Lorikeet.  From this early introduction to scientific names, my daughter discovered that: Continue reading

2012 National Year of Reading – Read Up Launch

Do you love to read? Love encouraging your kids to read? 2012 will be full of exciting literary events because it is the National Year of Reading!

Today the Moreton Bay Regional Libraries launched the Read Up program for under 8s.  To encourage kids to visit their local library and borrow on their own card, the Read Up program rewards children with special certificates designed by some of Queensland’s best illustrators. Continue reading