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

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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

 

 

Picture Books that celebrate Mum

Emma Middleton discusses why picture books can make the best Mother’s Day gifts. Her recent release The Bear in our Backyard is a celebration of mothers, and even comes with a bonus card to make gift giving a breeze.

There are many reasons why picture books can make the perfect Mother’s Day gift, but two are particularly close to my heart.

Firstly, stories can express sentiments of love and appreciation in a way that is not possible for a young child to articulate. When a story about parents and their children is shared, an opportunity to reflect upon the special qualities of parental love is created.

As Shaye Wardrop says in her review of The Bear in our Backyard, ‘Part of a special game between child and parent, the bear is, of course, not really a bear.

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This time it’s Mum who’s playing pretend, and she knows all the best games to play.

Bear can swing our skipping rope and hula hoop so fast.

We leap and twirl and whizzy whirl, then tumble down at last.

Middleton has once again delivered a gorgeous story that celebrates the special connection between children and their parents, and it’s all about mums in this loving tale.’ Stories can evoke emotions in unique and poignant ways.

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While the parent reads the story, the child is absorbed in the illustrations and the visual narrative. Briony Stewart has created superb illustrations for The Bear in our Backyard, with meticulous detail, heavenly colour schemes and characters that radiate love and life.

Secondly, the very act of reading a picture book at the end of a long day creates a loving and focused time to spend together. Within these minutes of the day, parent and child are often snuggled together, absorbed in their shared experience. This may be the only real time of the day when there are no interruptions, a peaceful atmosphere and time for undivided attention. A perfect time to feel the bond of parental love and create memories that last a lifetime.

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Wardrop says about The Bear in our Backyard, ‘With rhythmic rhyme flowing throughout, this is a perfect book for bedtime snuggles.’

The Bear in our Backyard is published by Affirm Press (April 2018)

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We are running an exciting competition for Mother’s Day! You could win a signed copy of ‘The Bear in our Backyard’ AND ‘The Lion in our Living Room’ written by Emma Middleton and illustrated by Briony Stewart.

All you have to do is post a picture of one of your favourite picture books that celebrate Mothers on twitter or Instagram!!  Make sure you tag Emma @EmmaMpicbooks (twitter) or emma_middleton_ (Instagram) . Also use the hashtags #picbookmums and #picbookbc. The competition will run from Thursday 3rd May  – Monday 7th May  and the winner will be announced Tuesday 8th May. Australia only.

Good luck!!

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Nicola:)

MAY CHAT QUESTIONS

We’re beary excited, it’s only days away from our May #picbookbc chat on “Bears”!

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Zanni Louise is our lovely guest this month, author of CBCA Notable’s Archie the Bear illustrated by  David Mackintosh and Too Busy Sleeping illustrated by Anna Pignatrao.

Her third picture book, Errol! illustrated by Phillip Bunting is set to be released in June of this year so keep your eyes out for it, it’s sure to be a gem!

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Zanni Louise loves sharing her passion for words and creativity with children and adults, visiting schools and festivals around Australia. When she’s not busy writing books, Zanni runs writing workshops for teenagers and adults at Byron Writers Festival, Queensland Writers Centre and Australian Writers Centre. She is also a Chief Storyteller for Byron Writers Festival’s ‘StoryBoard‘ project, bringing literacy and creativity to schools around Northern NSW.

 

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Here are the chat questions for our beary fun #picbookbc chat!

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

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?!

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

There will also be plenty of time at the end for Zanni to answer your questions so come with a honey pot full!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 3rd May 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 🙂

APRIL WRAP UP!

We all had our magic wands out this month as we celebrated ‘Magic and Magicians’ in Picture Books with author Damon Young.

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We were also celebrating the release of Damon and Peter’s amazing new Picture Book..’My Mum is a Magician’. This is their 5th Picture book together and in this series. An important celebration all the Mums in our lives and diversity. Mother’s Day is fast approaching! This would make a really special gift. These two talented guys make such an exceptional team.

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Here are some highlights from our enjoyable and magical chat with Damon!

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This is my favourite part of our monthly chats…sharing our favourites. I often rediscover Picture Books or am introduced to beautiful new ones that I have somehow missed! There was lots of love for the Meg & Mog this week ( by Helen Nicoll & Jan Pienkowski) with many participants commenting it was a favourite from childhood.

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The themes of wonder, fun, imagination, escapism, and dreaming were very constant through our discussions of Q2. Damon described these books as being ‘the hint of the sublime..the suggestion that the world is wonderful even if ordinary rules are broken’.

 

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Who knew so many people would lust over a pair of magical shoes?! There was also a mention of a pair of slippers that could transport you to bed from any location!! ( Yes, sign me up for a pair of those!!)

 

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The general consensus with this question was it is very hard to choose a preferred type of ‘magic’!!. After all….Picture books are all full of their very own type of magic!

There was also mentions of Magic Faraway Trees…Magic that is ‘chortle’ worthy…Cows tripping over moons…imagination and curiosity.

 

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Now it was time for Damon to pull a rabbit out of a hat and answer all our questions! You heard it here first…. ‘My DAD is a ?!’ is the next book in his and Peter’s awesome Picture book series!!! What will it be….Dancer…Daredevil….Duffer?!

 

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A huge thank you to Damon Young, this is the second time he has made a guest appearance at the #picbookbc chat as he was our first EVER chat guest over 1 year ago. We will def be coaxing him back!! 🙂

Remember this blog post features highlights from Thurs night, to check out the whole chat head over to storify

Our next chat will be Thursday 3rd of May at 8pm AEST. We have another amazing guest and theme lined up!!

Horray!!!

Stay tuned for details of our next theme and special guest by subscribing to the blog and following us on Twitter and Insta at @picturebookbc

Thank you for your support and  helping us celebrate the magical world of Picture Books! 🙂

– Nicola 🙂

APRIL CHAT QUESTIONS

Hocus pocus….Abracadabra!! The countdown is on! Not long until our #picbookbc chat celebrating ‘Magic and Magicians’ !!

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We are delighted to be joined by  author Damon Young and we will also be celebrating the release of his 5th picture book ‘My Mum is a Magician’ illustrated by Peter Carnavas and published by UQP.

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All mums are different. But what if your mum was really different? What if your mum was a magician?!

Perfect for anyone who has or is a special mum, My Mum is a Magician is a gorgeous celebration of the many talents of mothers everywhere.

Damon is an award winning author and philosopher. He is regular radio guest and festival host. He writes for newspapers/magazines and his non fiction and children’s books are published internationally.  A very talented guy!!!

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We are huge fans of his picture book series and are super excited for the 5th addition! If you haven’t discovered them yet you are in for a treat! Check out My Nanna is a Ninja, My Pop is a Pirate, My Sister in a Superhero and My Brother is a Beast on Damon’s webpage. 

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

Q1. What is your favourite magical picture book ?! Share a pic!
Q2. What is it about magic themed books that are so alluring?
Q3. Mem Fox had a ‘Magic Hat’ in her picture book…what piece of clothing would you like to be magical?
Q4. Magic can be super powers..spells and hocus pocus. It can also be more mysical. e.g Magic Beach vs Meg and Mog. What is your favourite type of magic in pic books?

There will also be plenty of time at the end for Damon to answer your questions so put those magical thinking caps on!!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 5th April 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 🙂

 

 

MARCH 1ST BIRTHDAY WRAP UP!

What a chat our March 1st Birthday was! If you missed it, we had the lovely Jackie French as our guest and our theme was Australian Animals. It was a very special 1st birthday chat and it was incredible to celebrate it with one of our biggest chats to date! Thank you to all our regulars and new participants for making it a chat to remember, we certainly had a lot of fun with it and we hope you did too!

And without further ado, here’s our wrap up post!

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Q1. What is your favourite picture book featuring an Australian animal/s ?! Share a pic!

 

Q2. Why is it important to talk about endangered Australian animals and animal conservation in picture books?

 

Q3. Do you think Picture books with Australian Animals have worldwide appeal? Why?

 

Q4. If you could choose an Australian animal to be in your picture book, what would you choose and why?

We loved the diversity of Australian animals in the responses for this question! We couldn’t agree more that we’d love to see more bilbies, cockatoos, kookaburras, platypuses, quolls, quokkas and tassie devils in picture books! (But honestly, we’re happy with any picture book that celebrates our great Australian Animals!)

 

We had so many great questions for Jackie, from writing to wombats and we certainly learned a lot from Jackie’s responses!

 

After the fun we had with the wormoff last time, this time we had a bit of a wombatoff!

 

 

Our next chat is Thursday 5th of April 8pm AEST with special guest Damon Young joining us again to celebrate the soon to be released My Mum is a Magician! We hope you can join us!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for blog and question notifications straight to your inbox and follow us on Twitter to keep up with all the latest #picbookbc and picture book  related news!

-Ashleigh

MARCH #PICBOOKBC QUESTIONS!

It’s almost time to celebrate our first #picbookbc chat birthday!

To celebrate we’re talking all things Australian Animals with our special guest Jackie French!march

Jackie French is an Australian author, historian,  ecologist  and honourary wombat (part time), 2014-2015 Australian Children’ Laureate and 2015 Senior Australian of the Year.

She is probably most known within the picture book community for writing the Diary of a Wombat series but besides picture books about wombats she has written about lots of other lovable Australian animals and Australian history and events, and and has most recently written Koala Bare with illustrations by Matt Shanks.

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Along with Bruce Whatley she also shared the beautifully told yet poignant stories found within the books of the Natural Disaster series which share the stories many of us have experienced or  grown up hearing on the news as a part of life in Australia.

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And so you can get prepared for the chat, here are the chat questions for Thursday night!

Q1. What is your favourite picture book featuring an Australian animal/s ?! Share a pic!
Q2. Why is it important to talk about endangered Australian animals and animal conservation in picture books?
Q3. Do you think Picture books with Australian Animals have worldwide appeal? And why?
Q4. If you could choose an Australian animal to be in your picture book.. what would you choose and why?

There will also be plenty of time at the end to ask the delightful Jackie French your questions so come prepared!

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday night the 8th March at 8pm AEST for another #Picbookbc Twitter chat! Remember to check your times too as we’re still in daylight savings time!
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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!

See you Thursday!

– Ashleigh