Rejoice fellow picture book lovers! It is only 2 sleeps until our awesome October chat! This month we are celebrating ‘Disability and Diversity’ in picture books with the wonderful Jessica Walton.


Jessica is the author of the groundbreaking picture book ‘Introducing Teddy’. The inspiration for this book began when she started searching for books that she could read to her young son that reflected the diversity in her family. She wanted books that encouraged children to be themselves, and to be accepting of others.

In Jessica’s picture book week meet the very loveable Teddy. This bear knows in her heart that she is a girl , not a boy……but will her friends understand? Will they call her Tilly instead of Thomas? A beautiful book about being yourself and being a good friend.


Jess is also a cancer survivor, amputee, queer, daughter of a trans parent, feminist and teacher. As well as picture books, Jess writes about disability, LGBTI issues, and the intersections between her disabled and queer experiences. She has also just been announced as a Write-ability fellowship winner!! Congratulations Jess! You can read more about Jess and her work on her website.

Here are the chat questions for Thursday night…so get your thinking caps on!!!

Q1. Share your favourite picture book that features disability or diversity (Show a pic!)

Q2. Why do you think it’s important that we have diverse children’s books?

Q3. How can we ensure that those who need to see themselves represented in books can find them in our collections?

Q.4 If you were writing a diverse picture book, describe your main character.

There will also be plenty of time at the end to ask the super talented Jessica Walton your questions !

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday night at 8pm for another #Picbookbc Twitter chat!

If you haven’t joined one of our chats before and wondering how it works head on over to our Welcome to the #picbookbc Twitter chat post!

Also don’t forget Aussies, we are now on daylight savings time! Here is a reminder for the chat times around the country!


Nicola 🙂


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