MARCH #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS!

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.

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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!

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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!

-Ashleigh

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FEBRUARY WRAP UP

We started our 2019 Picture book celebration in style this month featuring special guest Shelly Unwin! What a great time we had chatting ‘Baddies and Trouble Makers’ in picture books!

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1. Who is your favourite baddie or troublemaker in a picture book and why? Share a pic!

star The Bad Seed – Jory John & Pete Oswold

starHow the Grinch Stole Christmas – Dr Seuss

star Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus – Mo Willems

star The Troublemaker – Lauren Castillo

starI just ate my friend – Heidi McKinnon

star Diary of a Wombat – Jackie French & Bruce Whatley

star Curious George – H.A.Rey

star Dreadful Fluff – Aaron Blabey

star Pig the Pug – Aaron Blabey

 

2. Do you think naughty and mischievous characters can be a bad influence on younger readers behaviour and why?

 

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3. Why is it important that to have stories about troublemakers?

 

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4. If you were a troublemaker or ‘baddie’ what would you get up to?

 

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At the end of our ‘Baddie and Troublemaker’ chat , we were very lucky to have a Q & A session with Shelly Unwin!

 

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A huge thank you to Shelly and all our chat participants for helping us celebrate our first picture book chat for 2019!

Keep your eyes glued to our twitter and Instagram accounts for the announcement of our special guest and theme for our March chat !!

Hope you can join us again in March help us party…picture book style!

Nicola 🙂

FEBRUARY #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Horray we are back for 2019! We are super excited to continue our Picture Book celebration this year. We are doing that in style by welcoming the awesome Shelly Unwin to our Feb chat! The theme for the first party of the year is ‘Baddie’s and Troublemakers’ in picture books!!

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Shelly was Born in the UK and grew up in the small country town of Ashbourne on the edge of the beautiful Peak District in the Midlands.

Growing up Riding horses and reading books were her two main loves.

After leaving high school Shelly studied teaching and biology at University in Birmingham.

Shelly moved to Australia in 2002 and lives here with her Aussie husband, two children and beautiful puppy!

“Given my teaching background I had always wanted to write children’s stories that truly engaged with the reader. Many of my picture books speak directly to the reader, like the book is having a conversation with them, and the book and the child are on a journey together”.

We are very excited to have Shelly join us on the #picbookbc chat and you can read more about her and explore her wonderful work here.

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Here are the questions for our February picture book party!!

1. Who is your favourite baddie or troublemaker in a picture book and why? Share a pic!
2. Do you think naughty and mischievous characters can be a bad influence on younger readers behaviour and why?
3. Why is it important that to have stories about troublemakers?
4. If you were a troublemaker or ‘baddie’ what would you get up to?

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

We look forward to partying with you and all of those pesky baddies and troublemakers on Thursday night the 7th of Feb 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:)

 

DECEMBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

The year is nearly over which means our last #picbookbc chat of the year is almost here! Get ready to get your toes wet cause it’s time to jump into the ocean and talk all things Ocean themed picture books with our cool as chips guest Kylie Howarth!

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Kylie Howarth is an author and illustrator of children’s books who lives in Perth, Australia. She’s best known for ocean themed books including 1,2, Pirate Stew, Fish Jam and her award winning book Chip. She has also just released another picture book in the Chip series, Chip the Lifeguard and will soon to be releasing her first chapter book series, Fish Kid! If you couldn’t already tell, she loves animals and has a particular fondness for sea animals as is apparent in her beautiful illustrations.

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Be sure to check out her Instagram for more great illustrations and ocean posts!

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

Q1. Dipping into the deep blue ocean of picture books, what’s your favourite ocean themed book? Share a pic!

Q2. What makes ocean themed books different to beach books?

Q3. Do you think we talk enough about ocean conservation in picture books? Explain your answer.

Q4. If you were a pirate sailing the high seas, what treasure would you seek?

Plus as always there will be oceans of time at the end to ask our guest author Kylie Howarth lots of questions! Woohoo!

 

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 6th of December 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!

-Ashleigh

NOVEMBER WRAP UP

To celebrate the start of November we all waddled our way to our Penguin picture book party with special guest Meg McKinlay!

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Q1.  What is your favourite fiction penguin themed picture book and why?! Share a pic!

Here are some of our favourites!

star Penguin Small – Mick Inkpen

star Pondus Takes a Walk – Jane Carruth

star Cuddly Dudley – Jez Alborough

star If You were a Penguin – Wendell & Florence Minor

star Blue Penguin – Peter Horacek

star Penguin in Peril – Helen Hancocks

star Penguin – Polly Dunbar

star Penguin Problems – Jory John and Lane Smith

star Lost and Found – Oliver Jeffers

star Errol – Zanni Louise and Philip Bunting

star Penguin in Love – Salina Yoon

star The Second Sky – Patrick Gust & Jonathon Bentley

star Harriet gets carried away – Jessie Sima

star The Penguins are coming! – Meg McKinlay & Simon James

 

Q2. What makes penguin picture books different from other bird themed picture books?

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Q3. Share a favourite non fiction penguin picture book and a fact you learnt about penguins!

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Q4. Many of our favourite penguin picture book characters wear hats and scarves! What would you dress your penguin in?!

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At the end of our Penguin picture book celebration, we were very lucky to have a Q & A session with Meg McKinlay!

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A huge thank you to Meg and all our chat participants for waddling on down to our November ‘Penguin’ picture book party!!!

Keep your eyes glued to our twitter and Instagram accounts for the announcement of our special guest and theme for our final chat of the year!!!

Hope you can join us again in December and celebrate the wonderful world of Picture Books:)

Nicola

NOVEMBER #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

We are very excited to be waddling ‘penguin’ style! towards our November picture book chat on Thursday November 1st!

We are being joined this month by Australian children’s writer and poet Meg McKinlay!

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Meg lives near the ocean in Western Australia and her publications range from picture books, chapter books and young adult novels through to poetry for adults.

Meg was a bookish kid, in love with words and excited by dictionaries.  She is a former academic at the University of Western Australia, where she taught Japanese, Literature, and Creative Writing!

Some of her picture books include ‘The Penguins Are Coming’ , ‘Duck’ and one of my all time favourites ‘Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros’ . You can find out  more about Meg’s wonderful work on her website.

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Here are the chat questions for our November ‘Penguin’ picture book palooza!!!

Q1.  What is your favourite fiction penguin themed picture book and why?! Share a pic!

Q2. What makes penguin picture books different from other bird themed picture books?

Q3. Share a favourite non fiction penguin picture book and a fact you learnt about penguins!

Q4. Many of our favourite penguin picture book characters wear hats and scarves! What would you dress your penguin in?!

 

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

We look forward to partying with you and all our favourite penguins on Thursday night the 1st of November 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:)

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

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