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

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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

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!

Don’t forget to subscribe to our blog for blog and question notifications straight to your inbox and follow us on Twitter to keep up with all the latest #picbookbc and picture book  related news!

-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!

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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

AUGUST #PICBOOKBC CHAT QUESTIONS

It’s time to get excited because it’s almost time for the August #picbookbc chat party! This month it’s all about Picture Books that celebrate Friendships and what a perfect match our guest author Gus Gordon is!

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We are chatting about Picture Books that Celebrate Friendship with Guest Gus Gordon on Thursday 3rd August at 8pm!

Gus Gordon is both author and illustrator of some of our favourite picture books including his newest book Somewhere Else which follows George a rather unconventional bird who doesn’t go anywhere but with help from his friends that all might change! If you want to know what happens though you’ll just have to grab a friend and read it to find out what George gets up to and what adventures he goes on (or doesn’t!).

Gus Gordon is also author/illustrator of Herman and Rosie, which is one of my personal favourite  picture books at the moment as it combines a beautiful story of friendship, music and illustration to tell a story of how even in a big city you can find friends who sing your song and help you to share your passion with the world.

 

Now here are the chat questions to help you get ready!

Q1.What’s your favourite picture book/s that celebrate friendship? (Share a photo!)

Q2. What is unique about the way picture books communicate different types of friendships?

Q3. Do you think friendship picture books help encourage diversity positively? Why?

Q4. If you could choose a picture book character to be you BFF who would it be and why?

There will also be plenty of time at the end to ask Gus Gordon 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

 

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