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I am very excited to show off my three new titles in the Oxford University Press (Australia) Oxford Literacy Independent series.The three books are:

  • Flying bugs (illustrated by Marc Lynch) – Beginner level 1
  • Can you see Dot? (illustrated by Colleen Madden) – Beginner level 2
  • The big red balloon (illustrated by Ailie Busby) – Emergent level 4

It has been a pleasure to work with the team from OUP and I am thrilled to be part of this great new literacy series for developing readers.

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Inside Story

The Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators in conjunction with

specialist bookshops present:

INSIDE STORY

Where children’s authors and illustrators give insights into the

inside story of creating their books.

Meet and be entertained by Queensland’s loved and acclaimed

children’s authors and illustrators.

MC author Angela Sunde will host:

Pamela Rushby, Stephen Axelsen, Katherine Battersby, Julie Nickerson,

Samantha Wheeler, Dimity Powell, Christina Bollenbach,

Judy Paulson, Michelle Worthington, Candice Lemon-­‐Scott,

Christine Bongers, Jennifer Poulter and so much more …

balloons, book signings, cakes, prizes and the chance to chat with

authors and illustrators in a

Free, Fun and Fantastic Event!

When: 10am Saturday 2nd November 2013
at BLACK CAT BOOKS
179 Latrobe Tce, Paddington Qld 4064
Phone: (07) 3367 8777
Fax: (07) 3367 2223
Email: info@blackcatbooks.com.au

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It’s been a while (ok, a LONG while) since the book launch, but I have finally added a page to the website with photos from the day. Thank you to everyone who came along to celebrate with me, and a special thanks to everyone who helped with the launch organising. There are too many of you to list here, but you know who you are (and you’re probably still exhausted!).

Click here to see photos from the day and prepare yourself for some pink!

High res cover - Pippa's perfect picnicIt’s always exciting to have a new book ‘baby’ released into the world. At the same time, it’s rather daunting, wondering whether others will love it as much as you do; whether they’ll laugh in the right places; whether they’ll want to read it over and over again. As a children’s writer, I sometimes dare to wonder about other things too – whether it will become a little girl’s favourite book; whether it will get a special spot on a young child’s bookshelf; whether it will be the first chapter book a young child reads all the way to the end. It is very humbling to think that people invite a little piece of me (albeit unknowingly) into their lives.

The release of Pippa’s perfect picnic is somewhat bittersweet as it will be the last Aussie Nibbles book to be published by Penguin. I have been extremely fortunate to be part of the Nibbles ‘family’ and have great respect and admiration for the team who have worked so hard to make this series a success. The books have won the hearts of many Australian children and parents, with their signature ‘nibble’ at the top of the pages and their delightful stories and illustrations. My immense thanks goes to my editor and agent who, had they not seen something in those early drafts (please tell me you’ve destroyed them), none of this would have happened. With gentle nudges, the right feedback, and incredible insight, they helped me to bring Pippa to life in a way that  I never could have on my own. Jacinta and Penny – this one’s for you! x

This year I had the pleasure of celebrating Book Week with the Year 3s at Wooloowin State School. Look at the wonderful surprise welcome I received:

Luckily, I had already parked the car when I saw this! It could have been nasty had I still been driving! But it was a lovely surprise and made me feel very welcomed.

The Year 3s had been working on narrative writing so we spent our time together talking about how I write my stories. We looked at where ideas come from and how I plot out my stories. The kids were very attentive and asked some great questions. I had a wonderful time working with them. At the end, we had some fun when they worked on writing and illustrating a Pippa chapter of their own. Lots of great ideas were flowing from all the budding authors and illustrators.

The students of Wooloowin are very fortunate to have a gorgeous, well stocked library. Not only are there stories on the book shelves, but there are stories on the windows too. You can only see a small section of it in the photo above, but the library has huge stained glass windows covered in pictures from children’s stories. I really wish I’d taken a proper photo, but I was too busy just staring at it. The lucky students at this school can get lost in a story in the pages of a book, or they can get lost in a story just staring out the window! What a wonderful place to learn, imagine and dream.

Thank you, Wooloowin State School, for inviting me to visit.

Happy Book Week!

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For those of you in the Brisbane area, the Moreton Bay Regional Libraries are hosting the “Write around Moreton Bay” Readers and Writers Festival on the 15th and 16th of October. If you’re interested in writing or illustrating for children, come along to the panel with me, Katherine Battersby and Lucia Masciullo. Here are the details:

Writing for kids: Why it isn’t as easy as you think!

Julie Nickerson, Katherine Battersby & Lucia Masciullo

Chair: Tina Cavanough

Saturday, 15th October, 3.30-4.30pm

Arana Hills Library, Narellan Park, Arana Hills

All sessions are free, but please phone the library on 3351 3401 to book. The wonderful staff from Collins Booksellers, Morayfield, will have books available for sale and signing on the day.

To check out the whole festival program, click here.

Hope to see you there!

A busy time for Pippa

Pippa’s been busy getting herself printed (and reprinted!) lately. Firstly, the Chinese edition of Pippa’s Perfect Ponytail has been released. My author copy arrived in the mail recently and it looks awesome:

I’m still pinching myself to believe that my little book is available in China! But Pippa’s been a busy girl here too. The Australian version has just been reprinted – woo hoo! I’d like to say a big

thank you!

to all the kids who have been reading Pippa’s stories. I hope you’re enjoying them!