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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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

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

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

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

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

JULY WRAP UP!

We had lots of fun talking the senses at our #picbookbc chat on Thursday 5th July with Tania McCartney!

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Here are some of the great books that were shared and some highlights from the tantalising discussion we had.

Q1. What’s your favourite picture book that explores the senses? 

starI Hear a Pickle’ by Rachel Isadora

starThe Black Book of Colours by Menena Cottin & Rosana Faria

star The Eye Book by Dr Seuss

star You Can’t Taste a Pickle with Your Ear by Harriet Ziefert & Amanda Haley

star David Smells by David Shannon

star Reena’s Rainbow by Dee White & Tracie Grimwood

starMole’s Sunrise by Jeanne Willis & Sarah Fox-Davies.

starHow do I see? By Katie Daynes

starHorton Hears A Who by Dr Seuss

starThe Very Hungry Caterpiller

starHerman and Rosie by Gus Gordon

Our guest Tania McCartney shared some great classic senses books!

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Q2. Does reading about the senses change your perspective on how you view things?

One common theme that came up in the answers was that reading about the senses helped people to be mindful and widen your perspective.

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Q3. If you had to pick one, which of the five senses is most important to explore in picture books? Why?

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And we talked about how different senses may be more interesting or important at different ages!

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Q4. How can we use picture books to teach children about those who are without one or more of their senses?

The general consensus was that picture books provided us with a way to open up children’s imaginations to understanding and developing their empathy for those living without one or more of their senses.

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At the end of the questions we had a sensational Q & A with Tania!

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We hope you had as much fun as Tania and ourselves did and it’s always great to hear when you enjoy the chats and discussions!

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Don’t forget to join us Thursday 2nd at 8pm to chat Nature picture books with Anna Walker!

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– Ashleigh

JULY #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

Only a few days till our July #picbookbc chat where we’re talking about ‘The Five Senses’ with special guest Tania McCartneyfive senses

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

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She currently has 40 books in print or in production including See Hear and Merry Everything both co-created with Jess Racklyeft and Australia Illustrated which showcases Tania’s illustrating abilities. You can find more of her books as well as future works and illustrations on her website.

 

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

Q1. What’s your favourite picture book that explores the senses? Share a pic!

Q2. Does reading about the senses change your perspective on how you view things?

Q3. If you had to pick one, which of the five senses is most important to explore in picture books? Why?

Q4. How can we use picture books to teach children about those who are without one or more of their senses?

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 5th 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

MAY CHAT WRAP UP!

We had a lot of fun the other night chatting all things Bears in picture books with Zanni Louise! From big scary grizzly bears to tiny cute teddy bears, we certainly got to see some of the range of different bears that appear in your favourite bear picture books!

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1. Chose a favourite Bear from a Picture book! Share a pic!

Lots of Winnie the Pooh, Paddington Bear and Corduroy fans but there was plenty of variety from brown bears who play the piano to polar bears who live in the zoo too!

 

2. Considering real bears are wild and at times violent creatures why do you think most depictions of bears in books are sleepy, tame and/or cute?

 

3. Paddington Bear kept a Marmalade sandwich under his hat in case of emergencies.. what would you keep under your hat?!

It seems book lovers think a like because the common themes were food, tea, coffee, books and notepads with pens for things you’d carry in case of emergencies! Can’t argue with that logic!

 

4. Which do you prefer in picture books: Teddy bears or wild bears? Why?

 

Question time with Zanni Louise was a lot of fun and you guys had some great questions!

 

 

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If you are already a fan of Errol! like us or you’re a sucker for a good picture book then make sure you’re at Zanni Louise and Philip Bunting’s Errol! Book Launch Saturday 2nd June from 4-5pm at Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop in West End, Brisbane! Full details can be found here.

 

Can’t get enough picture book related content? As well as following us on Twitter and Instagram, make sure you check out our friends One More Page on Twitter and on their website! One More Page is a fortnightly podcast that is a must for lovers of picture books and a great listen in the comfort of your own home or on the train to work with plenty of interviews, book reviews and industry gossip.

 

Our next chat will be Thursday 7th June at 8pm AEST so make sure you mark it in the calendar, we’d hate for you to miss out on all the fun! Follow us to make sure you don’t miss the guest author reveal, book features or  other fun #picbookbc news!

-Ashleigh

 

 

MAY CHAT QUESTIONS

We’re beary excited, it’s only days away from our May #picbookbc chat on “Bears”!

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Zanni Louise is our lovely guest this month, author of CBCA Notable’s Archie the Bear illustrated by  David Mackintosh and Too Busy Sleeping illustrated by Anna Pignatrao.

Her third picture book, Errol! illustrated by Phillip Bunting is set to be released in June of this year so keep your eyes out for it, it’s sure to be a gem!

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Zanni Louise loves sharing her passion for words and creativity with children and adults, visiting schools and festivals around Australia. When she’s not busy writing books, Zanni runs writing workshops for teenagers and adults at Byron Writers Festival, Queensland Writers Centre and Australian Writers Centre. She is also a Chief Storyteller for Byron Writers Festival’s ‘StoryBoard‘ project, bringing literacy and creativity to schools around Northern NSW.

 

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Here are the chat questions for our beary fun #picbookbc chat!

1. Chose a favourite Bear from a Picture book! Share a pic!

2. Considering real bears are wild and at times violent creatures why do you think most depictions of bears in books are sleepy, tame and/or cute?

3. Paddington Bear kept a Marmalade sandwich under his hat in case of emergencies.. what would you keep under your hat?!

4. Which do you prefer in picture books: Teddy bears or wild bears? Why?

There will also be plenty of time at the end for Zanni to answer your questions so come with a honey pot full!

We look forward to partying with you ‘picture book’ style on Thursday night the 3rd 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 🙂