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

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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

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!

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-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.

march french.png If you haven’t read them yet I highly recommend it.

 

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

DECEMBER GUEST BLOG – LILI WILKINSON

Lili Wilkinson is our lovely December guest and we are very lucky to get to watch as she enters the world of writing picture books for the first time. Lili wrote us this beautiful post about her experiences writing her first picture book, That Christmas Feeling, and how the opportunity came about!

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Writing a picture book is really, really different to writing a novel. I was
approached to write this book by my editor friend Susannah, who knows how
much I love Christmas. She wanted a sweet, heartwarming Christmas story that
wasn’t religious, and she thought I was the right person to write it.

I am VERY into Christmas. It starts in November when I make the Christmas
puddings with my mum and my son Banjo. The tree goes up on December 1
(never before), and Christmas is on. I have a massive playlist of Christmas music
that I love listening to, and one of my favourite nights is when we visit a family
friend’s house for a carol-singing party. Christmas Day itself is lovely, but really
it’s all about the lead-up to me – the Advent calendar, seeing wreaths on people’s
front doors, driving home and seeing twinkling lights. It’s the fizzy, exciting
feeling that Dottie talks about in the book.

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So I knew I wanted my Christmas book to be about family, because for me family
is a big part of Christmas. While I’m not religious, I’ve always been fond of the
Christmas story (with the baby Jesus and the manger and the wise men). For me,
the story is more moving if the religious element is removed – even though the
baby is born in such a humble place, to unimportant parents, he is still visited by
kings, because all new life is special and worthy of being celebrated.

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So the story came out of those thoughts. It went through quite a few edits, and I
found this process really fascinating. Making big editorial changes to a novel is
like trying to turn around a massive cruise ship – you can’t really see what you’re
doing and it’s going to take a lot of time to do it right and make sure the whole
thing doesn’t sink. It’s incredibly difficult to keep it all in your head, and to figure
out how each little change affects the rest of the story. But with a picture book,
you can really see the whole thing at once. Wonder what it would be like in
present instead of past tense? Give me ten minutes and I’ll rewrite it. We were
making significant changes to the text the day before it went to print. That part of
it felt very dynamic and exciting.

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But of course the best thing about the process was seeing the story come to life
through Amanda Francey’s stunning illustrations. It’s an amazing thing seeing
them all for the first time – just like the fizzy, exciting Christmas feeling!
And the thing I didn’t quite realise when I started, is that you get to share the
creative load – I don’t have to tell the whole story by myself!
I’ve definitely caught the picture book bug – this won’t be the last one you see
from me!

– Lili Wilkinson

 

You can find out more about Lili Wilkinson and the books she’s written on her website or follow her on Instagram and Twitter.  Don’t forget to also join Lili and the @PictureBookbc team this Thursday 7th December at 8pm AEST for our December Twitter Chat!

DECEMBER #PICBOOKBC QUESTIONS

Time sure flies doesn’t it? It’s already time to gear up for our last #Picbookbc Twitter chat party for the year with the theme “Happy Holidays”!

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To finish off the year with a bang, we have the lovely Lili Wilkinson (@lililiwilkinson / @twitofalili) as our guest author for December! Lili is a fairly new comer to the picture book scene but she’s certainly not new to writing as she is best known as a YA author of books such as The Boundless Sublime and Green Valentine!

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Her first picture book is a gorgeous picture book called That Christmas Feeling with illustrations by Amanda Francey. That Christmas Feeling follows the story of Dottie who’s worried that the Christmas feeling that makes you all warm and fuzzy inside won’t be coming this year! Oh no! But even without their normal traditions of carols in the park and making Christmas pudding, Dottie and her family find a new reason to feel the joy of Christmas! If you haven’t already, make sure you read it, it’s definitely one to add to the Christmas collection!

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Lili also established insideadog.com.au, the Inky Awards and the Inkys Creative Reading Prize at the Centre for Youth Literature, State Library of Victoria. She is certainly a champion for young readers and we love her for it! If you want to know more about Lili and her books, head on over to her website.

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And without further ado, here are the chat questions for Thursday!

Questions

1.Do you have a special picture book you enjoy reading every year over the holiday season ? Share a pic!

2. Many people take road trips over the holidays. What sort of picture books would be perfect to pass the time?

3. What holiday themed books do you think there should have more of?

4. What’s your favourite part of holiday themed books?

There will also be plenty of time at the end to ask the lovely Lili Wilkinson your questions so come prepared!

We look forward to seeing you on Thursday night the 7th Dec at 8pm AEST for another #Picbookbc Twitter chat! Remember to check your times too as we’re well into daylight savings time now!

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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

JULY #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS!

Not long now until our July #picbookbc chat party! This month we are celebrating NAIDOC week with the theme ‘Indigenous Picture Books’ and are honoured to have Dub Leffler as our special guest!

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We are celebrating by chatting Indigenous Picture Books Thursday 6th July at 8pm!

Dub Leffler is an Indigenous author/illustrator descended from the Bigambul and Mandandanji people of south-west Queensland. His first Picture Book Once There was a Boy “is a poignant, universal story of friendship, temptation and reconciliation.” He is also the Illustrator for a number of other picture books including Frog Finds a Place. If you haven’t read them yet, be sure to check them out!

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Here are the chat questions, to help get you prepared!

Q1.What is one of your favourite Indigenous picture books? (Share a photo!)

Q2.How can we better promote Indigenous picture books and their importance?

Q3.Share with us an illustration from a favourite Indigenous Picture Book. What is the context of the story?

Q4.How can we use storytime/picture books to partner with Indigenous communities?

There will also be ample time at the end to ask Dub Leffler questions so come prepared!

 

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 look forward to seeing you on Thursday night at 8pm for another #Picbookbc Twitter chat!

-Ashleigh

 

 

 

Let’s celebrate Picture books!

I am lucky enough to work in a public library and I was asked recently (just as I admiring the awesome collection of picture books I had just borrowed)…’why on earth do you borrow so many picture books when you don’t have children?!’. The short answer…. they’re awesome.

This comment got me thinking….are there more ‘grown ups’ out there who share my enthusiasm for Picture books. .

  • People who appreciate their sheer greatness and agree they can enrich our lives at any age?!
  • Others like myself who will happily and excitedly attend a picture book launch so they can meet a favourite picture book author?!
  • Library staff who use picture books as an important tool and resource in their job?

I must track them down… and make them all members of a very awesome club …..’The Picture Book’ book club.

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I grew up surrounded by books, I was a real book worm from a young age. When I started working in a public library, story time sessions and sharing these wonderful books became a regular part of my job. I am reminded daily that picture books have something important to say and give to all ages. I thought that was worth celebrating.

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Join our first ‘Picture Book’ book club chat on Thursday 2nd March 8pm AEST. Our theme for the month of March is ‘Aussie’ picture books .

We are super lucky to have the ultra talented Damon Young joining us to discuss Picture book awesomeness. His fun new book ‘My Brother is a Beast’ which is illustrated by the very cool Peter Carnavas will hit shelves in late February.

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Keep an eye out for our next blog post for a run down on how the Book club will work and how you can join in and be part of this Picture book party!!

Nicola 🙂

twitter@mybookburrow / @Ms_NicolaMarie