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 🙂

 

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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:)

 

 

 

 

 

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:)

 

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:)

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:)