Last Thursday we packed the bucket and spade…put on our floppy hat and sunscreen..grabbed our beach bag with our favourite ‘beach’ themed picture books…. collected Kylie Howarth on the way….and had a grand ol party #picbookbc style.
What makes an ‘Aussie’ picture book unique? What distinctive characteristics set them apart from ones set in other countries? We agreed that picture books about beaches and sea creatures are so universal, have no race, so are relatable to many cultures.
However we have noticed that Aussie books have an element of sun safety. They often reflect our culture of swimming , family holidays, surf living saving, and being safe in the water. These are often not present in ‘beach’ themed picture books by authors in other countries. The ‘term’ seaside is a very good way to spot at ‘beach’ book from the UK! 🙂
We also discovered that to ‘teach’ about the Australian ‘beach’ life we would choose books with elements of sun/water safety, seagulls, rock pooling , sea creatures and summer family holidays.
After having great discussions about the themes that run through ‘beach’ themed books , we were able to ask Kylie questions about her work….and the one we all wanted the answer for….will there be another book with adventures of our favourite seagull ‘Chip’?!
We also discovered her inspirations around her writing and a sneak peak of her next project!
We had such a great time chatting at our beach party. Thank you to everyone who joined us and our special guest Kylie Howarth!
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We look forward to seeing you then!
Party with us and help us celebrate the awesomeness of Picture Books 🙂
– Nicola 🙂