It is nearly time for our April #picbookbc chat! We are very excited to welcome Matt Shanks to our ‘eco- friendly’ picture book party!


Matt lives in Melbourne and worked as a Creative Designer for many years before realising the ‘watercolour hobby’ of his should be shared with us all!! (Horray for Matt!) .

His most recent Picture book, ‘Queen Celine’ has a wonderful environmental message . It reminds us what to remember to ensure our ecosystems remain healthy and thrive.

We meet Celine..who is an ordinary girl…until every now and then, she heads to the sea to be Queen of ‘her kingdom’.

I have to add that Celine is very much rockin’ her ‘royal attire’!!




Readers will join Celine on her reign as Queen…as she learns from her mistakes and takes steps to fix the problem . This will result in  ‘her’ rock pool being beautiful once more for everyone to enjoy.

Matt has written and illustrated many other wonderful books including some of my favourites Koala Bare and Eric the Postie! I encourage you to join his tribe and sign up to his newsletter . A superb way to have a sneaky peak of what he is working on! 🙂

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Here are the chat questions for our Eco- Friendly April chat!

Q1. Share a favourite picture book with an ‘eco-friendly’ theme! Share a photo!

Q2. Do you think picture books with an environmental message are becoming more important and why?

Q3. Has a picture book inspired you to be more ‘eco- friendly ‘ or taught you a few tips!? Share the book with us and what you learnt!

Q4. If you were to write a Picture Book with an environmental message, what would you choose and why?


There will also be plenty of time at the end for Matt to answer your questions! Horray!!

We look forward to partying with you and celebrating everything ‘eco-friendly’ on Thursday night – 4th of April  at 8pm AEST ! (Remember this is QLD time, adjust accordingly!)

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!








How a month flies! It’s almost time for another #picbookbc chat and this month we’re exploring the theme “Face Your Fears” with special guest Anna Walker!

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Anna Walker writes and illustrates stories for children and is based in Melbourne. Her imagery is inspired by tiny details in the world around her which is evident in her extraordinarily detailed illustrations which bring her stories to life.


Anna is probably best known for her award winning books Mr Huff, awarded the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood, and Florette which was shortlisted in the 2018 CBCA awards for Picture Book of the Year and won the 2018 Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature. She has also created a number of incredible books with Jane Godwin such as Little Cat and Big Red Bus and more recently Go Go and the Silver Shoes.

Her next book, Lottie and Walter is sure to be another fan favourite and is due out today. Happy publication day Anna! Be sure to keep an eye out for it at local libraries and bookstores!


Now have no fear, here are the chat questions for our Face your Fears themed #picbookbc chat!

Q1. What’s your favourite picture book about facing fears? Share a photo!

Q2. How can picture books help readers to be brave and face their fears?

Q3. Diverse books that reflect and honour the lives of all young people are so important. Share a picture book that addresses the fear of ‘being different’. (Be sure to include the hashtag #WeNeedDiverseBooks in your answers if you can!)

Q4. In Lottie and Walter, Lottie has a ‘secret flippered companion’ that helped her face her fears. What/who would you choose as your secret companion and why?

Also there will be plenty of time to be brave and ask our guest Anna Walker lots of questions! Woohoo!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 7th of March at 8pm AEST(QLD Time) 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!