FEBRUARY #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Welcome back to another year of #picbookbc chats! This Thursday we’re travelling the world through picture books with guest Tania McCartney!

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 over 30 years’ experience in magazines and publishing as well as a decade’s experience in book layout, design and typography.

The founder of Kids’ Book Review, the 52-Week Illustration Challenge, and The Happy Book children’s book podcast for creators, Tania is an experienced speaker and presenter, running workshops for schools and organisations such as the ACT Writers Centre, the Australian Society of Authors, the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, the Children’s Book Council of Australia and the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

She currently has 50 books in print or in production including her latest work I Heart The World, Mamie and Australia Illustrated which showcases Tania’s illustrating abilities. Her work particularly in the non fiction book genre is delightfully engaging for both the senses and the mind. You can find more of her books as well as future works and illustrations on her website.

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

Q1 Books enable us to be far away, in our favourite chair at home enjoying grand adventures in other countries and worlds. Share a favourite picture book that has helped you travel the world.

Q2 Do picture books about other places and cultures help us to embrace diversity? Why or why not?

Q3 Share with us a place you would love to travel to and why? Is this place featured in a picture book?

Q4 What have you learnt about through travelling the world through picture books that you didn’t know before?

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 6th of February 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

DECEMBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

December has arrived! Our last chat of the year is only FOUR sleeps away!! We are super excited to be joined by Stef Gemmill to wrap up another wonderful year. Make sure you join us as we chat ‘Change and New Beginnings’.

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Stef Gemmill launched her debut picture book ‘A Home for Luna’ (which I absolutely adore!)  in  2019. This beautiful book is illustrated by Mel Armstrong and introduces the themes of homelessness, relationships and adapting to change. Stef’s  next picture book, In My Dreams is due out in 2020 by New Frontier Publishing and Toy Mountain in 2021 by EK Books (we can’t wait!!).

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Here are the questions for our December #picbookbc chat!

Q1. Choose a favourite picture book with the theme ‘change’ or ‘new beginnings’ . Share a pic!

Q2. In Anna Walker’s picture book ‘Florette’ we meet Mae who is moving with her family to a new home. This story features an exploration of a child’s resilience in adapting to change. What picture book would you recommend with the theme of moving house/relocating to a new area?

Q3. As the start of a new school year nears closer it can be a challenging time of transition and new beginnings. Share a favourite picture book which explores the theme of starting school/going to a new school.

Q4. Change can be something we don’t see coming. How can picture books help with dealing with unexpected change?

Plus there will be plenty of time at the end of the chat  to ask our special guest Stef Gemmill all of your questions!  Horray!!

We look forward to partying ‘picture book’ style on Thursday 5th December at 8pm AEST for another #Picbookbc Twitter chat! Remember to keep Daylight Savings in mind!

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!  Join the party!

Nicola 🙂

NOVEMBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Hello #picbookbc friends, our bugtastic chat is almost upon us! This week we’re joined by chat regular and debut picture book author Liz Ledden as we celebrate Bugs in Picture Books!

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Liz Ledden is known for many things. She’s one third of One More Page, a #picbookbc chat regular, travel writing for international magazines and now most recently for writing her debut picture book, Tulip and Brutus!

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Her debut picture book TULIP AND BRUTUS with illustrations by Andrew Plant was released with Ford Street Publishing in October 2019. It’s about friendship, differences, teamwork … and bugs! She has another picture book due out in 2020 with Larrikin House. We can’t wait to see what she write next!

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Liz  also co-hosts kids’ book podcast One More Page with friends, authors and book lovers, Kate Simpson and Nat Amoore, where she interviews kids’ book industry professionals, reviews the latest books and lapses into the occasional laughing fit.

If you haven’t already, be sure to check out the One More Page podcast, it’s an adventure from start to finish filled with laughter and it’s the most fun you’ll have while staying up to date with the latest releases and book industry news!

And now it’s time for the chat questions for our Bug themed #picbookbc chat!

Q1 What is your favourite bug themed picture book? Share a photo!

Q2 What makes a bug book so interesting?

Q3 Do you prefer cute bug books or creepy crawly ones? Why?

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Q4 The Very Hungry Caterpillar is no doubt one of the most iconic bug characters in a picture book. Why do you think this bug book is so loved and do you have any memories of reading/ sharing this book?

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

 

We look forward to partying ‘picture book’ style with all our #Picbookbc friends on Thursday 7th Novemeber at 8pm AEST for another #Picbookbc Twitter chat! Remember to keep Daylight Savings in mind!

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! We’d love to have you!

-Ashleigh

 

OCTOBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Hello #picbookbc family, it’s almost time for another chat! This month we’re joined by Sophie Beer as we celebrate picture books about Families!

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Sophie is an award winning illustrator/author living on the Gold Coast, Queensland. She completed a Law and Creative Industries degree  at Queensland University of Technology . However most of her work is now in children’s and editorial illustration. Lucky for us we can now are  to swoon over her beautiful work in many picture books! Some of these beauties include Love Makes a Family, Arthur and the Tiger, Wren and Kindness makes us strong!. Make sure you have a look at all her beautiful work on her website.

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

Q1. What’s a favourite family themed picture book and why? Share a pic!

Q2. ‘Love makes a family’ by Sophie Beer is an inclusive picture book that depicts a diverse range of families.Do you think stories of family diversity are becoming more common in picture books?

Q3. Share a picture book that celebrates LGBT families.

Q4. What would you like so see more of in family themed picture books?

There will be plenty of time at the end to ask our guest author/illustrator Sophie Beer all your questions! Horray!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 8th of August 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

SEPTEMBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Hello #picbookbc friends, get excited cause another chat is almost upon us! This week we’re joined by Aura Parker as we celebrate Friendships in Picture Books!

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Aura Parker wears many hats. She’s an illustrator, author, designer, co-founder of Studio Bonnie which specialises in screen printed art & handcrafted textiles, and all round creative. She currently resides in Sydney and is known for her detailed and insightful illustrations, playful sense of humour and  her exploration of nature, friendship, humanity and childhood through her books and illustrations.

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She is best known for CBCA Notable book Twig, Meerkat Splash and her recently released book, COCOON.

Her incredible illustrations can also be found in My Magnificent Jelly Bean Tree by author Maura Finn.

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To keep up to date on her work and to check out her full range be sure to check out her website!

And without further ado, here are the chat questions for our Friendship themed #picbookbc chat!

Q1 What’s your favourite/s picture book about friendship? Share a pic!

Q2 Friendships can bring their own challenges. Give an example of a picture book that demonstrates how to navigate friendship problems.

Q3 Herman & Rosie, Meg & Mog, Winnie & Piglet and Duck & Goose are all examples of literary BFFs. Do you have a favourite friendship from a picture book?

Q4 If you could be friends with a picture book character, who would you pick and why?

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

 

We look forward to partying ‘picture book’ style with all our #Picbookbc friends on Thursday night the 5th September 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! We’d love to have you!

-Ashleigh

 

AUGUST #PICBOOKBC QUESTIONS

Welcome to another wonderful month of our #picbookbc chat! We are super excited to have Damon Young joining us! We will be chatting ‘Dragons’ to help celebrate his brand-new picture book ‘My Dad is a Dragon’, illustrated by Peter Carnavas.

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This is the 6th picture book in the series from this dream team, have you read them all?!

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

Q1. What’s your favourite dragon themed picture book and why? Share a pic!

Q2. Dragons are creatures of literary versatility. Their characters can range from magical and funny…to intense scary beasts!  Why are dragons such a diverse bunch?

Q3. If you were to add a Dragon into a picture book, which would it be and what would it get up to?!

Q4. According to Adam Rubin and Daniel Salmieri , Dragons love tacos. They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. What feast would your literary dragon enjoy?! Share a GIF if you can!

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There will be plenty of time at the end to ask our guest author Damon Young all your questions! Horray!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 8th of August 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

JULY #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Hello #picbookbc family, it’s almost time for another chat! This week we’re joined by Peter Carnavas as we celebrate picture books about Sadness!

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Peter lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with his wife, two daughters, a dog called Florence and a cat named Harry Potter just around the corner from a beautiful rainforest and waterfall. He’s been writing and illustrating books since 2008 when his first picture book, Jessica’s Box came out and before that he was a primary school teacher.

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His books have also been made into a stage show, a puppet show and a concert! Artslink produced Sarah’s Heavy Heart as a beautiful stage show (music, dance, and a really big beanbag heart) and they also teamed up with Dead Puppet Society to turn Last Tree in the City into an amazing puppet show.  In 2017, the Toowoomba Concert Orchestra presented The Great Expedition as a concert, featuring music, illustrations and me reading the story.

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Be sure to check out the full range of his books and more about him on his website!

 

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

Q1. What’s your favourite picture book about sadness? Share a pic!

Q2. Books about sadness aren’t just tears and crying. What other elements of these books draws you to them?

Q3. Why is it important for bookshelves to include picture books with sad themes?

Q4. Books about grief can help normalise the range of emotions experienced when going through grief and give us empathy for others who are going through the process. Share you favourite and why.

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

 

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 4th 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 #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Woohoo!!! Our June chat is nearly here! We are looking forward to featuring picture books that celebrate ‘Bravery and Courage’. This month we will be joined by the wonderful Sue Whiting!

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Sue Whiting developed her passion for children’s literature when she was a primary school teacher.

In 2005 she left her career as a teacher to pursue a new one in publishing. Sue was the  Publishing Manager and Senior Commissioning Editor at Walker Books Australia until 2016. She has been super busy ever since as an author, speaker, freelance editor, writing coach, mentor and tutor for The Australian Writers’ Centre. Sue loves sharing her passion for stories, reading and writing with people of all ages.

Sue has written numerous books in a variety of genres: fiction and nonfiction, picture books through to YA. Her latest picture book ‘Beware the Deep Dark Forest’, illustrated by Annie White was shortlisted as a ‘CBCA 2019 Noteable book’ in the Early Childhood category.

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Have a look at her other wonderful work and bookish adventures on her website.

Here are the chat questions for our Bravery/Courage themed #picbookbc chat!

Q1. What’s your favourite bravery/courage themed picture book?! Share a photo!

Q2. How do picture books about bravery help you to explore or teach this topic?

Q3. ‘Have courage and be kind’ is a famous quote from Cinderella. Why is it important to teach/learn about courage through picture books?

Q4. Having courage and being brave helps us overcome fears and achieve great things! Share a favourite picture book character that models brave or courageous behaviour!

Don’t forget there will be plenty of time at the end to ask our special guest author Sue Whiting questions! Get your thinking caps on and bring your awesome questions along to the party!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 6th 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 #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Hello #picbookbc family, it’s almost time for another chat! This week we’re joined by Matt Cosgrove as we celebrate Mum and Grandma themed picture books!

matt cosgrove Matt Cosgrove is an author and illustrator of children’s books who lives in Sydney. He’s best known for his Macca the Alpaca picture books and the Epic Fail Tales series. He’s also worked as Creative Director of Australia’s number 1 fashion magazine marie claire and has been in the publishing industry as an author, illustrator and designer for over twenty years. Something we’re also very excited about is that Matt is this year’s ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) author with his book Alpacas and Maracas! #NSS2019 #1MillionKidsReading

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Be sure to also check out his latest book Thanks, Mum for a sweet read about mums and all the ways they help us out and show their love!

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Here are the chat questions for our mum/grandma themed #picbookbc chat!

Q1. What’s your favourite mum/grandma themed picture book? Share a photo!

Q2. What types of Mums/grandmas would you love to see represented in picture books? Why?

Q3. What’s a favourite picture book you enjoyed sharing with your mum/ grandma? Why?

Q4. Who’s your favourite picture book mum/grandma?

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

 

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 9th of 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 #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

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

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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’!!

 

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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!

Nicola:)