Pitch Ya Book

I'm sure you've heard of the 2 min pitch, well this is the 100 word pitch. On this page Creative Kids Tales would like to give you, our existing members (emerging authors & illustrators), the opportunity to promote your published book. Let's face it not everyone has the funds or the resources of big publishing houses, so we are giving you a chance to sell it to the world!

It doesn't matter if you are self published or mainstream published, everyone is equal on this page.

Send us your 100 word pitch, the funnier the better, and please include a high quality jpg or png format image of the cover of your book.

NOW REVIEWING !!!

We will happily review your new children's book on our 'Pitch ya book!' page. All we ask in return is either a reciprocal link on your website, blog or promotion via social media. All you need to do is help spread the word about Creative Kids Tales and in return we will review your upcoming release.

Good luck!

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Lulu

Written by Georgie Donaghey and Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn

Lulu written by Georgie Donaghey

Lulu’s life was quite cosy and nice, with mountains of fish and even more ice. But something was missing, something wasn't quite right. She dreamed of the stage, she yearned for the lights.

Lulu  loves to sing, dance and put on a show. She dreams of more than performing on the ice, but sadly her friends don’t share in her dream. Enough was enough of their taunts and their teasing. Down south, she would sail to follow her dreams.

Lulu  is a rhyming children’s picture book suited for the young and young at heart.

Find out more about Lulu  here.

Lulu on Facebook: www.facebook.com/pages/Lulu-by-Georgie-Donaghey


 

Monster

Written by Lynette Duffy & Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn

Monster Written by Lynette Duffy & Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn

Ben finds himself having to leave the only home he knows, for boarding school, where he continues his studies.

He is lonely, does not fit in, finds himself being bullied and called a Monster. With no friends to turn to for assistance or companionship and yearning for acceptance, Ben retaliates.

In this thought-provoking book, Lynette provides a tool for readers, parents and teachers, to open a channel of communication in a safe calm setting. An opportunity is created to enable discussion of what bullying is, why it happens, fear of non-acceptance, emotions and coping techniques.

Recommended reading for everyone. Help blow the whistle on bullying.

Follow Lynette’s children’s books on: www.facebook.com/bookladylynette


My Friend Inchy

Written by Lynette Duffy & Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn

My Friend Inchy Written by Lynette Duffy & Illustrated by Ann-Marie Finn

Have you ever had an intense desire for a special companion in your life?  Somebody you could share everyday life with? Somebody who will always be there so you are never lonely again?

Timothy knew just what that yearning was like.  His special companion happened to come in the form of a unique pet.

Follow Timothy on the journey of how his distinctive pet was found and how they formed an unbreakable bond.  Tears will flow, your heart will break, then sing again with joy.

In this book Lynette uses repetition well to reinforce concepts and assist the beginning reader.

Follow Lynette’s children’s books on: www.facebook.com/bookladylynette


Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo

Written by Brydie Wright

Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo Written by Brydie Wright

Do you ever wonder why daddies disappear for hours on end? Where on earth do they go?

Daddy and the World’s Longest Poo tells the adventure of a little boy who faces just such a conundrum. Follow him on a journey of discovery, as he tries to make sense of one of life’s great mysteries.

This debut picture book from self-published author Brydie Wright will delight pre-school and early primary readers with its honesty and sense of humour. Mums, Dads and grandparents will get a cheeky laugh out of it too.

Website: www.brydiewright.com


Valdur the Viking and the Ghostly Goths

Written by Craig Cormick

Valdur the Viking and the Ghostly Goths Written by Craig Cormick

If you’re tired of training dragons, and being horrible-ified with histories - then it’s time to voyage with Valdur the Viking!

Well - at least he hopes one day to be a real Viking. He's still a child actually. But he does get to roam the seas on his father’s ship. Until his father got kidnapped by his arch-enemy the Goth pirate Germanicus Bottom that is.

So now, by Odin’s smelly socks, Valdur has to fight Romans, sea monsters and the ghostly Pirate Goths to rescue his father. Lucky he has his dragon-dog Ragna with him though.

And they are all ghosts. Did we mention that?

Website: craigcormick.com


Mrs T and the Magic Pencil

Written by Elizabeth Cummings and illustrated by Johanna Roberts

Mrs T and the Magic Pencil Written by Elizabeth Cummings and illustrated by Johanna Roberts

Meet Mrs. T, a teacher who makes every child in her class feel special.

Join one of her former students on a nostalgic journey recalling the fun, the lessons and the memories of Mrs T. But what will be discovered when we go back to that school? Will Mrs. T still be there?

A heart felt tribute to those teachers who like Mrs. T, care and nurture their students. Based on the wonderful and real Mrs. T who made a difference to so many and who continues to grow children's minds in her own magical way.

Find her at: elizabethmarycummings.com


Into Tordon

Written by Z.F. Kingbolt

Into Tordon written by Z.F. Kingbolt

Only champions dare to enter!

Thirteen-year-old Beth has been waiting for weeks to play in the championship of her favourite online game, Tordon. Now tribes of beastmen roar through her speakers. Game on! She plays to win, until her gaming nemesis Zane challenges her to a real-life risk that has them sucked into a strange world where they must push their skills to the limit just to survive!

Faced with riddles, a multitude of dangerous creatures, exotic cultures and scientific impossibilities, Beth and Zane are forced to take on one challenge after the other if they’re ever to return home.

Website: zfkingbolt.com


Who is Fitzy Fox?

Written by Amelia Trompf and Illustrated by Jennifer Bruce

Who is Fitzy Fox? written by Amelia Trompf

Fitzy Fox is feeling befuddled. He always thought he was a dog ... but everyone calls him ‘Foxy’. To solve‬‬‬ this existential crisis, Fitzy sets out on an expedition that journeys from Melbourne to London, to‬‬‬ uncover the truth of his furry identity.‬‬‬ Who is Fitzy Fox?, beautifully illustrated by Jennifer Bruce and published by Little Steps Publishing, is a story about the search for identity, acceptance and unconditional love.

My mission with this book as an educator is to help instil in children a love of reading. With my background in teaching, I have designed the story to be used in schools with teaching resources available at www.fitzyfox.com


Getting Home

Written by J.R. Poulter, illustrated by Muza Ulasowski

Getting Home - Illustrated by Muza Ulasowski

Baby Bear is curious!! He goes where Mama Bear said: “Don’t!” He finds himself adrift in a BIG, BIG ocean! Will Mama Bear find him before his piece of pack ice melts? A story for early childhood and lower primary with themes of risk taking, keeping safe, obedience, separation trauma. The book introduces children to notions of protecting the environment, animal habitats, melting pack ice and global warming. Currently being crowdfunded through Kickstarter to have high quality HARD COVER copies printed.

Getting Home's Facebook page: www.facebook.com/GettingHome2


 

The Rainbow Behind The Wall

Written by Rachel Blakely

The Rainbow Behind The Wall

Sassy lives in a world of brown and tasteless food, handed out daily by those who control the world’s rations. Her family’s food is different; they are the ‘Keepers of Seeds’. People from all over the world come to her family’s secret garden to bring seeds to save and stories to share.

Each book in the ongoing “Rainbow Behind The Wall” series, takes your child on a cultural adventure. Nakoma a Native American warrior introduces maize, Dragon fruit is found to quiet a Dragons Fiery breath and chocolate comes from Quet the ‘God of Love’.

The message of saving the world’s food for everyone and standing up to those who wish to own the rights of our seeds, is softly taught through ‘fables’ and a simple recipe at the end of each book.


 

Charlie's Adventures in Hawaii

Written by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Charlie's Adventures in Hawaii

Charlie is off on his first adventure with his family to Hawaii! With his friend, Kai and his dad, Amoka, Charlie is set on a discovery of clues to uncover the spirit of Aloha!

Grab your ukulele and travel to the island of Oahu with Charlie. You will learn about the Hawaiian culture, from its cuisine to language, whilst helping Charlie to find his treasure.

This is the first book in the Charlie’s Adventures series and includes a Charlie’s Adventures map and sticker to help you track all his adventures.

Follow Charlie:

Website - www.derose-ahernstories.com

Facebook Page - www.facebook.com/deroseahernstories


 

Nanna's Boot Camp

by Vicki Griffin

Nanna's Boot Camp written by Vicki Griffin

Can you help solve the mystery of the BIG boot hanging on Nanna's veranda? A fun adventure holiday in the country for a group of teens.

Nanna's Boot Camp by Vicki Griffin, and I love it. Nanna – who I suspect is based on a very real Nanna indeed, is indigenous, and her ‘boot camp’ is not the ‘sweat and 500 push ups’ kind you expect. The book is gentle and warm and lovable and a delight.

So I am very, very biased indeed. But also grateful that the winds of e-mail landed books on my desk that I probably would never have found in bookshops.

Jackie French.

Nanna's Boot Camp on Facebook: www.facebook.com/Indigenous-childrens-books-Nannas-Storm-Nannas-Boot-Camp


Taya Bayliss - Snake Charmer

by E.J. Gore

Taya Bayliss - Snake Charmer cover

Eleven-year-old girl sleuth, Taya Bayliss, is at it again.

On a weekend visit to the Comino farm with her best friend, Chris, Taya learns that a precious ruby-studded cross is missing from the church.

Did Uncle George Comino really steal it?

Something Taya finds in the attic makes her think that he has been falsely accused.

Chris is annoyed by her persistence, but Taya can never resist a mystery – even when confronted by Fifi, the carpet python….eek!

Friendship and trust are tested as the story unfolds. Could you charm a snake?

No mystery remains unsolved when Taya is around.


 

Making Friends: Leon's Big Adventure

by Leanne Hill

Making Friends: Leon's Big Adventure cover

Hiya everyone!

My name is Leon, a very curious possum from Australia. That’s me on the tree stump. It’s very nice to meet you. I have always dreamt of going on a BIG Adventure to all the places my Grandma Nanunci has told me about in her stories.

I know I am small and young like you, and shouldn't be going out on my own…especially, on a BIG Adventure. Well, guess what? I am not on my own, and neither are you! We all have our new CREATURMAL FRIENDS!

In this first book, MAKING FRIENDS: Leon’s BIG Adventure,  you will meet some of your new CREATURMAL FRIENDS: Peter Perfect, the Pengaroo, Bomber, the Womduck, Junior, the Kowl, Boo, the Lady Butter Beetle and many, many more!

Just wait until you meet your new CREATURMAL FRIENDS in all the CREATURMALS ADVENTURE SERIES books!

www.creaturmals.com.au


 

Imagine

Written by Emma Mactaggart and Illustrated by Ester de Boer

Imagine

‘Imagine’ is a playful romp, encouraging the most reticent of thinkers to let their imaginations go wild. Day-dreaming has given rise to the greatest creations in human history. We have to give ourselves permission to do so, and to IMAGINE what will be. Of course, sometimes, ‘what will be’ may be very silly indeed!


 

Bronwyn Blackbird And The Golden Worm

Written by Debora Pollock and Illustrated by Grace Chen

Bronwyn Blackbird And The Golden Worm

Bronwyn Blackbird was a very busy bird, she liked to have the best of everything, the best birdbaths, the best garden to live in, but most of all she loved to eat worm’s big juicy worms.

So when she heard that there was a golden worm living in a neighbouring garden, Bronwyn was excited, this worm could even grant Bronwyn a wish, if she could find it, wow she thought, I could have anything I want………What would a blackbird wish for…….. What would you wish for if you could have anything that you wanted?

Facebook link: www.facebook.com/Bronwynblackbird


 

The Butterflies, Field of Lies

Written by Rod Painter and Illustrated by Alejandra Campos

The Butterflies, Field of Lies

Fantasy, action, and intrigue and tells the story of young love in a mysterious and distant land.

Mr Munchkin and Miss Chip are from an ancient and secluded village called Gracelands. The people of Gracelands, the Honey people live in harmony and peace with a species of butterfly, which assists in making their village peaceful and beautiful.

But is it all flowers and roses? An ancient and evil species ‘The Skelts’ supposedly exist on the other side of the flower fields. But is it all as it seems?

Immerse yourself and be swept away on a journey of mystical proportions.


 

Heart

Written by Paula Hayes

Heart

Sixteen year olds Anna, Jacqui and Dylan are three best friends (read get on each other’s nerves) forever. During an séance (read cheap night in) someone summons a ghost. Leo is the lost soul of a WW1 AIF teenage soldier unable to crossover. Armed with smartphones and supported by their crazy (read totally normal but embarrassing) families they discover it takes heart to solve his mystery.

So hold onto your portable devices—we are about to travel back (virtually of course) to 1915 in this mostly historically accurate, totally supernatural, kind of coming of age but definitely true love novel called HEART.


 

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