OCTOBER WRAP UP

We got SPOOKED!! on October 4th as we celebrated ‘Spooky and Scary’ picture books with our special guest Debra Tidball!

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Q1. What is your favourite spooky or scary picture book and why?! Share a pic!

Here are some of our favourites!

star Mary & Frankenstein – Linda Bailey & Julia Sarda

star Drop of Blood – Paul Showers & Edward Miller

star FunnyBones – Janet & Allan Ahlberg

star Zombelina – Kristyn Crow & Molly Idle

star Meg and Mog  – Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski

star The Dreadful Fluff – Aaron Blabey

star Hoot Owl – Sean Taylor & Jean Jullien

star The Scariest book ever – Bob Shea

starSpooky Spooky – Christopher Cheng & Sarah Davis

starHist – C.J Dennis & P.J Gouldthorpe

starA Dark, Dark tale – Ruth Brown

starScary Night – Lesley Gibbes & Stephen Michael King

star Night Noises – Mem Fox & Terry Denton

starThe Spider & the fly – Tony DiTerlizzi

star My Dead Bunny – Sigi Cohen & James Foley

starThe  Dark – Lemony Snicket & Jon Klassen

 

Q2. What are picture books that get us spooked so appealing?!

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Q3. Do you think scary/spooky books have become more sought-after in Australia with Halloween becoming more popular?

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Q4. Witches…Ghosts…Skeletons…Monsters…Mummies….Vampires…to name a few! What type of spooky character do you love seeing in a picture book?! Share an example if you have a favourite!

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At the end of our ‘Spooky and Scary’ picture book celebration, we were very lucky to have a Q & A session with Debra Tidball!

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A huge thank you to Deb and all our chat participants for joining us to get ‘Spooky and Scary ‘ at our October Picture book celebration!

Who will be joining us on Thursday the 1st of November?!…what will the theme be..who will be our special guest?! ?!!!

Keep your eyes glued to our twitter and Instagram accounts for the announcement!

Hope you can join us again in November and celebrate the very awesome world of Picture Books:)

Nicola

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OCTOBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

3 sleeps until we are getting SCARY and SPOOKY!! at our October Picture Book chat with Debra Tidball!

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Deb has always loved picture books , she collected them even in her teens  and was very fond of animal themed stories. When she started reading picture books to her children, it sparked her desire to write.

Her latest picture book ‘The Scared Book’ (illustrated by the super talented Kim Siew) was a CBCA 2018 Noteable book AND won the Crystal Kite Award for Australia and New Zealand region!  .The annual Crystal Kite Award is a peer-given award to recognise great books from 15 SCBWI regional divisions around the world.

Horray for Deb!!!

For those who are yet to have the pleasure of reading ‘The Scared Book’ – It is described on Hachette Australia as-

“A gorgeously designed, interactive picture book which is a  fun shared experience that puts the child in charge of the story.

It’s story time, but this book has bad news – as soon as it realises there are monsters in it, it’s too scared to tell you the rest of the story! Can you help it feel better? It needs you to rub away its goosebumps, blow away the giant butterflies in its tummy, and fan away the yucky smell the monsters have left behind. A fun and quirky interactive story, with distinctive and stylish illustrations from an innovative young illustrator and muralist”

It is wonderful!

Here are the questions for our October ‘Spooky and Scary’ #picbookbc chat!

Q1. What is your favourite spooky or scary picture book and why?! Share a pic!

Q2. What are picture books that get us spooked so appealing?!

Q3. Do you think scary/spooky books have become more sought-after in Australia with Halloween becoming more popular?

Q4. Witches…Ghosts…Skeletons…Monsters…Mummies….Vampires…to name a few! What type of spooky character do you love seeing in a picture book?! Share an example if you have a favourite!

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

We look forward to partying with you SPOOKY ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 4th of October at 8pm AEST !

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!

Nicola:)

SEPTEMBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Spring has sprung which means that it must be almost time for our September #picbookbc chat about Dads and Grandads in picture books with Emma Middleton!

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Emma Middleton is a picture book author, illustrator, children’s performer and former ballerina who lives near Noosa, Queensland. She’s best known for her books ‘The Lion in our Living Room’ and ‘The Bear in our Backyard,’ and if you’ve been lucky enough you may have also have seen some of her puppetry and storytelling performances where she brings her book characters to life!

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To learn more about Emma’s performances, books and illustrations head on over to her website!

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Here are the chat questions for our Dad/Grandad themed #picbookbc chat!

1. What’s your favourite dad/grandad picture books? Share a photo!

2. What types of dads/grandads would you love to see represented more in picture books? Why?

3. What’s a favourite picture book you enjoyed sharing with your dad/ grandad? Why?

4. Who’s your favourite picture book dad/grandad?

Plus as always there will be plenty of time at the end to ask our guest author Emma Middleton lots of questions! Woohoo!

 

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 6th of July at 8pm AEST 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!

-Ashleigh

AUGUST WRAP UP

We went on a beautiful nature walk with Anna Walker on August 2nd as we celebrated ‘Nature’ themed picture books.

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Q1. What is  your favourite ‘nature’ themed picture book and why? Share a pic!

Here are some of our favourites!

star The Forgotten Forest by Laurence Anholt

star Tree by Danny Parker & Matt Ottley

starRed Knit Cap Girl & the Reading Tree by Naoko Stoop

star The Story of Rose Dock by Jeannie Baker

starThe Tree by Neal Layton

starThe Art Garden by Penny Harrison & Penelope Pratley

star A Forest by Marc Martin

star Ten Seeds by Ruth Brown

starTap the Magic Tree by Christie Matheson

starFluke by Lesley Gibbs and Michelle Dawson

starFlorette by Anna Walker

star Last Tree in the City by Peter Carnavas

star Magic Beach by Alison Lester

star Honey by David Erza Stein

starThe Garden of Abdul Gasazi by Chris Van Allsburg

star A Curious Garden by Peter Brown

star The Waterhole by Graeme Base

starToday we have no plans by Anna Walker

star The Little Gardener by Emily Hughes

 

Q2. How do you think picture books with an environmental focus help readers develop a sense of responsibility for the environment?

 

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Q3. Which environmental focus would you feature in a picture book and why?

 

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Q4. Illustrations play an important part in bringing picture books alive. Share an illustration from one of your nature themed picture books.

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At the end of our ‘Nature walk’ we were very lucky to have a Q & A session with Anna Walker! We found out some very hot goss about her next book!

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We are all very excited about Walter!! Stay tuned for the book trailer which will be released later this year!

A huge thank you to Anna Walker and all our chat participants for joining us for our awesome August chat!

Who will be joining us on Thursday the 6th of Sept…and what will the theme be?!!! You will get a hint this Thursday so watch out twitter and Instagram accounts for the announcement!

Yahoo!!! We love a picture book party!!!

Hope you can join us again in a couple of weeks time and celebrate the awesomeness of Picture books 🙂

Nicola

 

 

 

AUGUST #PICBOOKBC QUESTIONS

We are getting super excited with only 3 sleeps until we chat ‘Nature’ themed picture books with the amazing Anna Walker!

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Anna Walker one of Australia’s most beloved picture book creators.  She has published 25 beautiful books in a career spanning over 20 years. Her imagery is inspired by tiny details in the world around her.

Anna studied graphic design and Swinburne University and started her own business. Gradually the majority of her work became illustration based and picture book illustration became the foundation of her business. She devotes one year to each picture book , giving her work space and time.

“I’ve always believed in the picture book as an art form,” she said. “It’s important to me that every aspect is crafted to be the best it can be.”

Anna’s beautiful book ‘Florette’ has been shortlisted for a 2018 Children’s Book Council Award in the ‘Picture Book of the Year’ category. Have a look at the gorgeous book trailer created for Florette.

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Here are the chat questions for our Nature themed #picbookbc chat!

Q1. What is  your favourite ‘nature’ themed picture book and why? Share a pic!

Q2. How do you think picture books with an environmental focus help readers develop a sense of responsibility for the environment?

Q3. Which environmental focus would you feature in a picture book and why?

Q4. Illustrations play an important part in bringing picture books alive. Share an illustration from one of your nature themed picture books.

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

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 2nd of August at 8pm AEST !

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!

Nicola:)

JULY WRAP UP!

We had lots of fun talking the senses at our #picbookbc chat on Thursday 5th July with Tania McCartney!

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Here are some of the great books that were shared and some highlights from the tantalising discussion we had.

Q1. What’s your favourite picture book that explores the senses? 

starI Hear a Pickle’ by Rachel Isadora

starThe Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria

star The Eye Book by Dr Seuss

star You Can’t Taste a Pickle with Your Ear by Harriet Ziefert & Amanda Haley

star David Smells by David Shannon

star Reena’s Rainbow by Dee White & Tracie Grimwood

starMole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis & Sarah Fox-Davies.

starHow do I see? By Katie Daynes

starHorton Hears A Who by Dr Seuss

starThe Very Hungry Caterpiller

starHerman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

Our guest Tania McCartney shared some great classic senses books!

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Q2. Does reading about the senses change your perspective on how you view things?

One common theme that came up in the answers was that reading about the senses helped people to be mindful and widen your perspective.

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Q3. If you had to pick one, which of the five senses is most important to explore in picture books? Why?

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And we talked about how different senses may be more interesting or important at different ages!

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Q4. How can we use picture books to teach children about those who are without one or more of their senses?

The general consensus was that picture books provided us with a way to open up children’s imaginations to understanding and developing their empathy for those living without one or more of their senses.

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At the end of the questions we had a sensational Q & A with Tania!

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We hope you had as much fun as Tania and ourselves did and it’s always great to hear when you enjoy the chats and discussions!

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Don’t forget to join us Thursday 2nd at 8pm to chat Nature picture books with Anna Walker!

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– Ashleigh

JULY #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Only a few days till our July #picbookbc chat where we’re talking about ‘The Five Senses’ with special guest Tania McCartneyfive senses

Tania McCartney lives and breathes books and she comes as close as one can to actually living within a book! While we mostly know her as an author, illustrator and booklover, she’s also an editor and has 30 years’ experience in magazines and publishing as well as a decade’s experience in book layout, design and typography.

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She currently has 40 books in print or in production including See Hear and Merry Everything both co-created with Jess Racklyeft and Australia Illustrated which showcases Tania’s illustrating abilities. You can find more of her books as well as future works and illustrations on her website.

 

Here are the chat questions for our sensational #picbookbc chat!

Q1. What’s your favourite picture book that explores the senses? Share a pic!

Q2. Does reading about the senses change your perspective on how you view things?

Q3. If you had to pick one, which of the five senses is most important to explore in picture books? Why?

Q4. How can we use picture books to teach children about those who are without one or more of their senses?

There will also be plenty of time at the end for Tania to answer your questions so come prepared!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 5th of July at 8pm AEST 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!

-Ashleigh

JUNE WRAP UP

We all boarded our rockets on June 7th and blasted off into space for our spacetacular June chat with Michelle Robinson!!

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Here are some highlights from our very enjoyable space themed picture book party!

Q1. Choose a favourite ‘Space’ themed picture book. Share a pic.

We had an awesome range of favourite space themed picture books shared by our chat parcipants. They included –

starWelcome to Alien School – Carol Hart and Ed Eaves

starMarshmallows for Martians – Adam Guillain and Charlotte Guillain

starThe Great Moon Confusion – Richard Byrne

starDigby’s Moon Mission – Renee L. A. Price

starTwinkle – Nick Bland

starThe Way Back Home – Oliver Jeffers

starThe Darkest Dark – Chris Hadfield

starZoom – Sha’an d’Anthes

starOh, No, Astro! – Matt Roeser and Brad Woodard

starGoodnight Spaceman – Michelle Robinson and Nick East

starAerodynamic Biscuits – Clare Helen Walsh and Sophia Touliatou

Our special guest Michelle Robinson shared this gem as her favourite-

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Q2. Do you prefer factual space picture books, or pure fiction ones and why?

The question got a wide range of answers proving that fiction and factual space books were equally popular!

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Q3. The International Space Station has a range of picture books on board. Which would you take for ‘story time in space’ and why?!

Many of the choices for this question featured books that reminded the reader of the beauty they had left behind on earth. Also to enable them to take a piece of home with them.

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Q4.  Do you prefer the exciting adventures like rocket ships whirling around the sun or more calm bedtime stories about star gazing and why?

Many of us preferred calm , comforting bedtime stories about space!

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After Q4 we handed over to Michelle for our Q & A part of the chat! I had to include a couple highlight questions of the night that made me laugh!

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A super big thank you to Michelle Robinson for being our SPACETACULAR guest!!

Make sure you get your hands on her brand new  super funny ‘space’ themed picture book ‘Grandmas from Mars’ which is illustrated by the amazing Fred Blunt!

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Don’t forget to join us for our July chat which is celebrating ‘The Five Senses’ with special guest Tania McCartney! Keep your eyes peeled for the chat questions on the blog!

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Thank you for joining us in celebrating the wonderful world of picture books!!

Nicola 🙂

JUNE CHAT QUESTIONS

The countdown had begun! Not long now until we are blasting into our June chat,  celebrating ‘Space’ themed picture books!! What a SPACETACULAR time we will have!!

 

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We are super excited to be joined by an international guest this month, Michelle Robinson! Michelle is from the U.K and has just released an awesomely funny space themed picture book titled ‘Grandma from Mars’. Giggles galore to be had with this one!

Find out how Fred and Nell overcome the invasion by grandmas from Mars (and get their own grandma back!)

 

Michelle has written 27 published picture books !! Some of our favourites include Have you see my Giraffe?, Ten Fat Sausages,  How to wash a Wooly Mammoth and There’s a Lion in my Cornflakes! . 

So much awesomeness to choose from! Check our all her books because I know you would have come across them!

Michelle Robinson grew up in the English countryside in Gloucestershire and loved making up stories and being silly. After university Michelle got a job as a copywriter. She wrote over 6000 radio adverts before moving on to television and the web and devised websites for big brands like Coca-Cola, Guinness and Cadburys. She soon got bored though, which is when she started writing funny stories for children (hooray!!!!). You can find out more about Michelle and scroll through her many awesome picture books on her webpage.

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Here are the chat questions for our spacetacular #picbookbc chat!

Q1. Choose a favourite ‘Space’ themed picture book. Share a pic.

Q2. Do you prefer factual space picture books, or pure fiction ones and why?

 

Q3. The International Space Station has a range of picture books on board. Which would you take for ‘story time in space’ and why?!

Q4.  Do you prefer the exciting adventures like rocket ships whirling around the sun or more calm bedtime stories about star gazing and why?

There will also be plenty of time at the end for Michelle to answer your questions so board your rocket and we will meet you on the Moon!!

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

Nicola  🙂

 

MAY CHAT WRAP UP!

We had a lot of fun the other night chatting all things Bears in picture books with Zanni Louise! From big scary grizzly bears to tiny cute teddy bears, we certainly got to see some of the range of different bears that appear in your favourite bear picture books!

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1. Chose a favourite Bear from a Picture book! Share a pic!

Lots of Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear and Corduroy fans but there was plenty of variety from brown bears who play the piano to polar bears who live in the zoo too!

 

2. Considering real bears are wild and at times violent creatures why do you think most depictions of bears in books are sleepy, tame and/or cute?

 

3. Paddington Bear kept a Marmalade sandwich under his hat in case of emergencies.. what would you keep under your hat?!

It seems book lovers think a like because the common themes were food, tea, coffee, books and notepads with pens for things you’d carry in case of emergencies! Can’t argue with that logic!

 

4. Which do you prefer in picture books: Teddy bears or wild bears? Why?

 

Question time with Zanni Louise was a lot of fun and you guys had some great questions!

 

 

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If you are already a fan of Errol! like us or you’re a sucker for a good picture book then make sure you’re at Zanni Louise and Philip Bunting’s Errol! Book Launch Saturday 2nd June from 4-5pm at Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop in West End, Brisbane! Full details can be found here.

 

Can’t get enough picture book related content? As well as following us on Twitter and Instagram, make sure you check out our friends One More Page on Twitter and on their website! One More Page is a fortnightly podcast that is a must for lovers of picture books and a great listen in the comfort of your own home or on the train to work with plenty of interviews, book reviews and industry gossip.

 

Our next chat will be Thursday 7th June at 8pm AEST so make sure you mark it in the calendar, we’d hate for you to miss out on all the fun! Follow us to make sure you don’t miss the guest author reveal, book features or  other fun #picbookbc news!

-Ashleigh