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

 

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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:)

 

 

 

 

 

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

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