Featured Organisation Interviews

Kinderling Kids Radio - Interview (November 2019)

How did Kinderling Kids Radio get started?

The idea for Kinderling came about when Kinderling’s CEO, Evan Kaldor, had two young children and it became clear that turning on the radio was fraught with danger. From music full of swearing, to terrifying news items, to aggressively opinionated shock jocks pushing divisive agendas. On navigating the AM/FM dial it became clear that children – and therefore parents - were not being considered in modern radio programming.

Fast forward two years of research into the daily routines of Australian families, and a very early vision for Kinderling was born. Since then, Kinderling has grown and developed as all babies and toddlers do; under the careful guidance of some incredible and passionate producers and programmers. Kinderling beleives kids are smart and creative and should be opened up to the broadest palette of music and entertainment possible. And that this can be a shared experience to be enjoyed by the WHOLE family – together.   

What are Kinderling Kids Radio’s goals?

To provide a safe, fun, entertaining and inspiring listening experience that can be enjoyed by the whole family. Very early on we knew we knew programming for kids did not mean dumbing down the music or the stories. Most of the team working on Kinderling remember a childhood where the whole family listened to the same music, watched the same movies and played the same games. We want to continue this tradition, helping to create conversations and moments that the whole family can take part in. We are also dedicated to producing and programming music and content that promotes positive mental health, building resilience and representing an array of Australian voices and experiences. We want all children AND grown-ups to feel that Kinderling is part of their family.

Tell us about the different programs available on Kinderling Kids Radio.

Kinderling is designed to follow the energy, needs and routines of a family with young children. Therefore we have music and programmes to match every occasion!

Educate and inspire creativity (Play & Learn), entertain and giggle (Gather ‘Round), mindfulness and resilience (Daytime Explorers), meditations to calm and settle for sleep (Bedtime Explorers), parent/child connection activities (Sing-A-Song with Angie Who),  celebrate cultural diversity (Mother Tongue with Sirine)support sleep through the night (Sleepy Soundtrack)

We also have incredible stories, excellent Music Mixtapes, Birthday Party playlists and tonnes of shows to keep the kids entertained. And so much more to come!

You feature stories by Australian Authors on Kinderling Kids Radio. How do you select the stories?

We work very closely with Australian publishers and authors to find and select the best kids books to produce. Not all books translate well to audio - as some are picture driven - so our Executive Producer of Stories spends a lot of time assessing what will work best as audio, what themes best fit for Kinderling, and what stories resonate best for Australian families.

Sharing stories without visuals can be hard. How do you bring stories to life for radio?

It can be hard! But we have some incredible voice actors that beautifully capture the fun and adventure of these amazing books. And sometimes we can add some fun sound design to bring them to life. But really, the stories are usually so descriptive that it allows kids imaginations to run free.

What programs do the stories air on?

Settle Petal is the best time for Stories! We have our regular Story of The Week at 5pm every day and then there are stories scattered though the rest of the evening (and through the daytime as well).

Can listeners access stories that have aired at any other time?

Yes! All of our programmes – music, stories, meditations, etc – can be played on demand anytime, anywhere via our free app. You can even download them to your phone in case you are travelling or out of wi-fi connection.  

How can people get involved with the Kinderling Kids Radio?

We love including our listeners in our broadcast. Kids and grownups are welcome to contact us if they would like to come visit. We love inviting in school or daycare groups who might like to come and record their voices in our studio.

Get in touch! We’d love to hear from you.

Australian Society of Authors (ASA) - Interview (October 2019)

How did Australian Society of Authors get started?

The ASA was formed in 1963 to promote and protect the rights of Australia's authors and illustrators. Our proud history boasts many successful campaigns to improve the working lives of authors and illustrators, but among our chief victories are the establishment of Public Lending Right (PLR) in 1975 and Educational Lending Right (ELR) in 2000. The ASA was also instrumental in setting up Copyright Agency, the Australian Copyright Council and the International Authors Forum.

What are the Australian Society of Authors goals?

The peak national body for authors and illustrators, the ASA aims to offer advocacy, support and advice at any stage of your creative career.

Please tell us about the programs offered by Australian Society of Authors.

We have a suite of services and programs we offer members, some of which we've listed below:

How can the Australian Society of Authors support me on my creative journey?

A few ways the ASA could support you:

1. Expert advice and legal contractual support

With more than 100 years’ combined publishing industry experience, our team leaves no question unanswered. We also review publishing, distribution and agents’ contracts for a fraction of the cost of a solicitor.

2. Access to the industry

We provide opportunities to showcase your work to hundreds of Australian and international publishers and agents, helping you on the path to publication by building valuable contacts.

3. Inclusive community

We welcome all writers and illustrators, from children’s to romance, education to graphic novels, cookbooks to crime; helping you to connect to members who share your experiences and interests.

4. Resources and Information

You will gain access to our range of resources, including model agreements, as well as a copy of the ASA Guide to Publishing, which provides easy access to a wide-range of industry opportunities.

Does the Australian Society of Authors offer any online resources?

Almost everything we offer at ASA is now available digitally, including the majority of our Professional Development courses.  However a few online resources worth highlighting are:

  • ASA standard contract templates and information papers for authors and illustrators on professional matters
  • Resources in our shop covering a range of subjects including getting published and professional skills for authors and illustrators.
  • A closed Facebook page  to learn from your peers
  • Recommended rates of pay for book publishing, illustrating, public appearances, judging literary competitions and more.

Does the Australian Society of Authors offer any grants or funding opportunities for its members?

We offer a few opportunities, these include:

Award Mentorship Program

Thanks to a grant from the Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, we are able to offer a mentorship program for writers to help you develop your work to a publishable standard. 20 winners each year receive; 20 hours of mentoring with an ASA mentor, participation in a Paths to Publishing program designed to help you establish yourself as a small business and acquire sufficient industry knowledge to navigate your way through the submission and contract process, a free ASA membership for 12 months (an extension of membership if you are already a member) AND a free ticket to Literary Speed Dating.

ASA Style File Illustration Award Mentorships

We are thrilled to announce the introduction of the inaugural 2019 ASA Style File Illustration Award Mentorships. Our mentorship program has been hugely successful for authors in the past and for the first time, thanks once again to the generosity of Copyright Agency Cultural Fund, we are offering mentorships exclusively for illustrators. 8 winners will receive 5-hour mentorships for either their portfolio or picture book projects. The winners will also receive free ASA Style File access for a year. (If winners are current Style File members, they will have their subscriptions renewed gratis)

The Ray Koppe Writer’s Residency Award

Each year, the Australian Society of Authors awards a two-week residential fellowship to a writer in any genre, under the age of 35 who is as yet unpublished. The fellowship is comprised of a two-week residency (including accommodation and all food), a one-hour consultation with a Varuna consultant, a year’s membership to the Australian Society of Authors, and travel subsidy if the recipient lives outside of NSW.

The ASA HQ Commercial Fiction Prize

The prize is for an unpublished manuscript and the winner will receive a publishing contract with HQ, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, and a $10,000 advance against royalties.

The Barbara Jefferis Award

The Award is named for highly regarded author Barbara Jefferis, a founding member and executive director of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA). It is awarded to a work that shows women in a positive light and the winner receives a prize of $50,000. In addition, $5,000 is distributed among the shortlist.

I’m just beginning my journey to publication. Can I join the Australian Society of Authors before I am published?

You most certainly can.

If you are serious about writing, but just starting out and would like to benefit from our advice, training and resources, or if you are interested in industry issues and keen to support the author’s peak body, then we would welcome you as an Associate Member

If you are a published author of one book or many, we would warmly welcome you as a Full Member of the ASA.

Our membership covers a wide range of writers, illustrators and industry professionals at every stage of their careers. From journalists to comic artists, scriptwriters to bloggers, novelists to games writers and translators to poets, our members across many disciplines.

If you have any queries about membership or the ASA, feel free to email us 

How can people access the Australian Society of Authors?

Website: www.asauthors.org

Email:

Phone: 02 9211 1004 (toll-free: 1800 257 121)

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

KOALA - Interview (September 2019)

How did KOALA get started?

The Kids Own Australian Literature (KOALA) Awards, a volunteer association that supports children’s reading choice, was founded over 30 years ago in 1986. It came to life from a very keen group of librarians who wanted to inspire children’s reading and give children the opportunity to have a voice and choice in the children’s book industry. It was the second children’s choice award started in Australia following Western Australia. The first awards ceremony, hosted by Richard Morecroft, was held at Taronga Zoo in 1987 and the awards have run continuously ever since.

What are KOALA’s goals?

KOALA aims to promote the enjoyment and critical appreciation of Australian literature by involving young readers from NSW schools and libraries in the process of selecting their favourite books through nominating and voting processes. The KOALA Awards also helps students achieve positive reading outcomes because the nomination and voting processes promote and encourage an active engagement in, discussion of, as well as a love of reading for pleasure. The awards also endeavour to give recognition to Australian authors and illustrators.

What are the KOALA Awards?

Every year, young readers from all over New South Wales judge their very own literary awards. By voting in the KOALA awards they can reward the Australian children's books that have most inspired, amused, surprised, enlightened and engaged them. KOALA is an entirely student nominated and voted awards program for Australian children’s literature.

The KOALA Awards seek to provide children a voice within the Australian children’s book industry in partnership with YABBA (VIC) and KROC (NT) under the umbrella of the annual REAL Awards (Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature).

How are books selected for the awards?

In Term 1, students nominate their favourite Australian books. These books must have been published within the last ten years and not have been a previous winner. In Term 2, a shortlist of ten books in each of four categories (Picture Storybooks, Fiction for Younger Readers, Fiction for Older Readers and Fiction for Readers in Years 7 to 9) is announced. During Terms 2 and 3, students are encouraged to read and enjoy books on nominated shortlists before participating in the voting process at the end of Term 3.

KOALA provides lots of resources on its website to encourage voting. There is an online voting portal through SurveyMonkey. Other resources include downloadable voting slips, advice on promoting reading and voting strategies, and results spreadsheets. The official REAL (Reading and Enjoying Australian Literature) shortlist poster features artwork by the previous year’s winning picture book illustrator.

In Term 4, the KOALA Awards Day is held at a school venue. It is a very special day when students meet authors and illustrators who write the books they adore, and when authors and illustrators meet their fans. All the attending authors and illustrators give a short speech and, every year, a feature illustrator creates an image live on stage during the awards ceremony so students can watch the process from start to end. A lucky school is given the artwork to take home. The ceremony is followed by book signings and an opportunity to purchase shortlisted books. Students report that the KOALA Awards Day is one of their favourite events of the year.

How can people get involved with KOALA?

Joining KOALA is easy. Schools, public libraries, organisations and individuals can become friends of KOALA.

The membership form can be mailed to KOALA at:

PO Box 279
Annandale NSW 2038

or emailed to

We also warmly welcome new committee members at any time.

Tell us a little about the KOALA Awards team.

The KOALA Awards committee is comprised of a small dedicated group of people from schools, libraries, universities and bookshops. Members of the committee meet each school term to oversee the various tasks involved in the running of the organisation such as processing yearly memberships, collating nominations and shortlist resources, counting votes and planning the KOALA Awards Day. These volunteers ensure that the mission of the original KOALA team continues for new audiences of young Australian readers.

What’s next from KOALA?

In Term 3, we are eagerly awaiting the votes from students in NSW for their favourite books from the four shortlists. In Term 4 this year, the Awards Day will be held on Wednesday 13 November at Our Lady of the Assumption Catholic Primary School in North Strathfield, Sydney. If you would like to be part of Awards Day, please email the KOALA team to express your interest in attending.

Another exciting project that KOALA is currently working on is an agreement with the NSW State Library to archive artefacts and records relating to KOALA activities over the last 30+ years. This is to ensure that a public record of the history of the KOALA organisation is preserved and maintained for years to come.


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Kids' Book Review - Interview (August 2019)

Tania McCartney: KBR Founder Editor in Chief

Dimity Powell: KBR Managing Editor

How did Kids’ Book Review get started?

Tania: It all began with my picture book obsession. I had been living in Beijing with my family and when we returned to Australia in 2009, I threw myself into the kidlit industry. KBR actually started as a blog. I began with reviewing from my own collection, and over time, as I became more and more industry involved, colleagues expressed interest in being involved in the site. So I started approaching publishers for review copies. Fast forward ten years, and we now have a slew of local and international publishers sending us books.

What are Kids’ Book Review’s goals?

Tania: Essentially, to provide a platform for children’s books and their creators, but also to inspire, uplift and educate, provide resources and opportunity. To celebrate children’s works and people in all their forms.

Dimity: As the Managing Editor for the last two and a half years, it’s my intention to support that premise at every level and to continue to deliver content that cements KBR as one of the most respected and well visited children’s literature and book reviewing sites in the world. There have been gentle shifts in the ways children access and enjoy stories over the past few years. KBR endeavours to highlight the best of these new media platforms of storytelling to encourage the strongest possible appreciation of children’s literature as possible.

Who is your intended audience?

Dimity: Teachers, librarians, industry professionals, and of course - parents and kids. I regularly receive messages of thanks from grateful carers and parents after they’ve scoured our site for useful reading recommendations. There’s a story out there for everyone. KBR simply gathers them neatly together for easier inspection.

What resources do you provide?

Dimity: Apart from reviews, we feature Guest Posts from creators, kids’ lit enthusiasts, and industry professionals, which cover a range of fascinating, insightful, literary-centred topics including: story genesis, writing advice, children’s mental and physical well-being and the virtues of book reading to name but a few. We also have comprehensive collections of Teachers’ Notes and Book Lists, and regularly feature articles on education, literacy, bookish places to visit, festivals, conferences and, the perennial favourite, interviews with your favourite book writers, illustrators and industry notables. Because who doesn’t love discovering quirky, curly details about their book heroes!

How do you choose your review titles?

Dimity: The majority of our review titles are solicited through major publishing houses both in Australia and internationally. We also receive titles from a huge number of smaller independent traditional publishers. Every so often we invite self-published and indie published book creators to submit their books for review. These unsolicited shout outs are an attempt to feature as many quality children’s stories on our site as physically practicable, although this is not always possible. So many books, never enough reading time! Comprehensive review submission guidelines are all on our site.

How can people get involved with Kids’ Book Review?

Tania: Read and share. Comment on Facebook and Twitter. And most of all, buy the books we yell from the mountaintop about! The children’s book industry is only as successful as those who buy or borrow its books and share them with children. And KBR will continue to take pride in sharing the books and the creators and the kidlit champions who produce children’s books … for both literacy and sheer enjoyment.

Dimity: Lovers of children’s books and those forever on the lookout for the next Harry Potter like we are, can simply follow our website or KBR Facebook page; every review or article we post appears there. You can find us on Twitter and Pinterest, as well. We regularly run Giveaways to coincide with new book releases or simply to celebrate old favourites. These are free and simple to enter and the prizes are always phenomenal! I wish I could enter.

If you have something to add to the discussion about children’s literature, you can drop us a line anytime with a guest post proposal - the criteria guidelines and contact details are listed on the website – because as Tania says, we just love sharing and caring about the books our children read.

Tell us a little about the Kids’ Book Review team.

Tania: Originally a team of one, we grew to three then a brilliant core team of five for quite a while. As my book career took off, I found less and less time to dedicate to the site, so I gradually stepped away and most recently almost fully stepped away thanks to the amazing Dimity and our current team. We’ve had reviewers and editors come and go over the years. Some have stayed a wee while, some have stayed for years (Sarah Steed is our veteran right now!) and some have gone and returned again, as life has its way with us. But all have contributed invaluably to our kidlit industry, and all have touched KBR in a glorious way.

Dimity: The privilege of working within the KBR family is a fiercely contested and sought after one. Although 100% voluntary, KBR has exacting expectations of every team member; to deliver a requisite number of high quality posts per month. This is not always an easy task given the number of variables preventing quotas being met (that life thing again), however our dedicated current team of 12 (including one junior reviewer), never disappoints.

Their diligence and enthusiasm constantly floors me as they strive to deliver reviews with ‘insight and charm, but without compromise’. Without them, there simply would be no KBR.  Between us all, there are decades of experience in the children's book industry, with backgrounds as authors, publishers, editors, illustrators, booksellers, bloggers, speech pathologists, clinical psychologists, teachers, librarians, children's literature academics, early childhood educators, education specialists, mothers and or course, book-loving nuts.

What’s next from Kids’ Book Review?

Tania: With the way our team are travelling in this book industry, juggling book contracts left right and centre, I would say we’ll continue to be up for a team shuffle! Of course, I never want to lose anyone, but it’s pure joy to see our team do so well creatively. Because we are all busy professionals, mums, teachers, librarians, creators, etc etc, I can’t see any kind of expansion for KBR in the coming years, as much as we’d love to branch out. It’s all about manpower, really. We work voluntarily and we have to be sensible. But thankfully, we have an incredible, comprehensive backlog of content, with stacks of resources, and we continue to have brilliant people posting brilliant reviews and articles about brilliant books and creators. So I think we’ll do. We’ll do.

Dimity: If we could wedge another day or two into the week, then I foresee numerous possibilities for expansion of this site; the reintroduction of competitions, more resource-centred content and the like, but for now, as Tania pointed out, our ability delivery is at maximum capacity. No other reviewing platform for children’s content consistently delivers at least two reviews a day, showcasing the best and newest releases available than Kids’ Book Review. I am immensely proud to be at the helm of such a revered ship.


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Faber Writing Academy - Interview (July 2019)

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How did Faber Writing Academy begin?

The first Faber Academy course was offered at the iconic Shakespeare & Co bookstore in Paris in 2008. Since then the Academy program run from Faber in the UK has welcomed more than 1500 writing students enrolling in short and long courses. Faber courses are devised and delivered by leading figures active in contemporary publishing and involve leading writers. In 2010 the Faber Academy (as it was then) found a home in Allen & Unwin, Australia’s leading independent publisher. As in the UK our courses are embedded firmly in the publishing industry with tutors and guest presenters all experts in their fields. The courses run out of our offices in Sydney and Melbourne. Since opening nearly 1000 students have joined us, 27 Faber Writing Academy graduates have gone on to be published so far and 5 more are due to be published in 2019. We are very proud of that result.

What are Faber Writing Academy’s goals?

Our goal is to deliver the best, practical, creative and effective writing courses on offer in Sydney and Melbourne. We hope to help students be the very best writers they can be and to achieve their own writing goals – whether they are aiming for commercial publication or to produce something for the enjoyment of friends and family we can offer value. We see our courses doing three things – helping people get started writing; helping people stay the distance with their writing and providing industry based contacts, information and expertise.

Please tell us about the programs offered by Faber Writing Academy.

We offer a range of courses. Writing a Novel is a comprehensive program delivered in two 14 week stages which takes students from planning through to pitching. True Stories is a 14 week course for writers of memoir and narrative nonfiction. Writing for Children and Young Adults is a three-month program for those with a younger audience in mind. We also have numerous one-day courses on topics such as how to make your writing more exciting, how to maximise your chances of getting published and the writers career. Subscribe to our newsletter and visit our website to see what’s on offer.

Where are your courses available?

We are inside Australia’s leading independent publisher so our courses take place in the Allen & Unwin offices in Sydney and Melbourne.

Do you offer scholarships?

We offer three scholarships – one for True Stories (Sydney) and one each for Writing a Novel Stage 1 in Sydney and Melbourne. The scholarship winners are able to enrol for FREE.

I’m just beginning my creative journey, are your courses suitable for beginners?

We do offer courses that are suitable for beginners. Electric Words is a course that is new for 2019 and will be offered in both Sydney and Melbourne and it will help new writers kick off their writing projects. We’re also developing a one day program that will lay out the career path that awaits a successful writer. This is another new program for 2019 and we think it will generate a lot of interest.

Can you share any student success stories with us?

Author Pip Smith has travelled the full circle with the Faber Writing Academy. She won the 2015 Scholarship for Writing a Novel in Sydney. Her novel Half Wild, based on the extraordinary life of Eugenia Falleni was contracted by Allen & Unwin and published in 2017. Now Pip has returned as a tutor and will be Sydney course director of Electric Words. You can find out more about our Success Stories by visiting our website.

How can we find out more about Faber Writing Academy?

You can find out more about our courses by visiting our website: www.faberwritingacademy.com.au. A good thing to do while you’re there is SUBSCRIBE to our mailing list – that way you’ll hear all the news first. Of course you can also email us at , or call us on (02) 8425 0171. You’ll also find us on facebook: www.facebook.com/Faberwriting and twitter: twitter.com/faberwriting


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Story Box Library - Interview (June 2019)

How did Story Box Library get started? 

With incredible amounts of professional input from dedicated volunteers, our founder, Nicole Brownlee, launched the Story Box Library Pozible campaign in 2013. Giving supporters the option to purchase memberships, signed picture books, prints and tote bags (with our “Story Box Library owl”, illustrated by Gus Gordon), we exceeded our target of $12,000 and took a big step towards creating the expansive resource that Story Box Library is today.

It’s been an incredible journey, fuelled by determination and courage. We now have over 240 stories in our library and are constantly looking for ways to further delight our subscribers with our stories.

Our team and ideas are constantly growing, and our love of what we do is there every step of the way.

What are Story Box Library’s goals? 

Since the company’s inception, we’ve worked to ignite a passion for reading, imagination and learning, with safe screen time and engaging stories.

We’ve been supported from the beginning by exceptional authors/illustrators including Gus Gordon, Sally Rippin and Leigh Hobbs; generous storytellers such as Clare Bowditch, Emma Baker and Danny Katz; forward-thinking publishers like Penguin Group Australia (now Penguin Random House), Scholastic Australia and Allen & Unwin, just to name a few; plus incredible organisations and blogs including Readings Booksellers, Children’s Books Daily and Read for Australia. Each supporter has inspired us, and the people and organisations we interact with have informed our future goals and direction.

We aim to continue working with like-minded companies and individuals, connecting with the wider Australian children’s literature community wherever possible, and with storytellers, authors and illustrators who reflect the diversity of our audience.

Are your stories suitable for all ages? 

Our stories have been carefully selected with children of pre-school and primary age in mind.

We’ve broken our stories into the following categories:

Additionally, our stories can be used with children aged 12+.

We’re continuously inspired by educators and organisations around us, and suggest referring to this article on the benefits of using picture books with older children, published by Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, and ‘But How Do You Really Teach with Picture Books’?

How are your storytellers selected? 

We aim to include a variety of different readers with varying backgrounds. Authors/illustrators, musicians, actors, sports people, comedians, grandparents, school children, educators… the list goes on.

We choose storytellers who reflect the diversity of our subscribers and communities, knowing that every child deserves to experience a myriad of voices shining through.

How are your books chosen? 

We look for books that we love and choose titles that we believe in.

Seeking high-quality, local stories that will be entertaining for primary school-aged children, we ensure that our titles connect to the current Australian Curriculum, are available to use from the original creators and are suitable as ‘read aloud material’.

We’re always excited about the titles we can add to our library. Fortunately we’re a team of book-loving readers and parents, so there’s never a shortage of books we’re interested in—the challenge lies in narrowing the list!

How can people get involved with Story Box Library? 

We offer a range of Subscriptions to suit all needs:

We know that it’s not possible for every family to take out a subscription, which is why we encourage interested families to ask their local library or school about Story Box Library. Families can access our resource for free through their local library and students can watch stories at home through their school’s subscription.

Parents, educators, librarians, kids—anyone!—can also engage with Story Box Library on social media and email. You can follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or subscribe to our e-newsletter for the latest information about new releases and future events.

What’s next from Story Box Library? 

We’ll continue to engage with the incredible stories and talent Australia and New Zealand has to offer. We’ll continue to be inspired by the passionate individuals and organisations around us, and we’ll work to produce even more engaging content for kids across the world.

We’re excited by what’s to come, and can hardly wait to share our newest stories and ideas.

For the latest updates, follow us on Instagram or Facebook, or subscribe to our e-newsletter.


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Books in Homes - Interview (May 2019)

How did Books in Homes get started?

Books in Homes was originally founded by New Zealand author, Alan Duff, who wrote the widely acclaimed book Once Were Warriors (1990), which was later made into an award-winning film. Alan was inspired to create the Program in 1993 after a visit to a New Zealand primary school where he discovered the majority of children came from bookless homes and showed little or no interest in reading. Alan saw this as having a major negative impact on their educational, social, personal and professional development later in life. As a consequence, Alan created Duffy Books in Homes on the premise that book ownership would prompt a love of books and reading, and that having a home library would create the opportunity to share books with siblings and strengthen family bonds. Duffy Books in Homes New Zealand was officially formed in 1995, and has since gone on to distribute 12 million books to over 100,000 students participating from 530 schools, 280 childcare centres and more than 200 sponsors and donors in 2017. Not content to rest on his laurels, Alan Duff visited Australia in 2001 and helped create Books in Homes Australia as well. As of 2018, and through the generous support of sponsors, donors and funding bodies, the tally stands at over 2.5 million books distributed across Australia through the Books in Homes Program!

What are Books in Homes goals?

Books in Homes Australia is a charitable foundation that provides books of choice to children living in remote, disadvantaged and low socio-economic circumstances, ensuring crucial early literacy engagement and the development of reading skills needed for lifelong achievement. The program aims to overcome the inequality of educational opportunities in communities where access to books for families is limited or non-existent and resources are often scarce. In doing so, the program contributes to helping overcome generational poverty by enhancing the chances of success in early education thereby opening up options, choices and potential in later life.

Books in Homes Australia’s vision is to create an Australia where every child and family has access to books in the home.

Tell us about the programs initiated by Books in Homes.

Books in Homes offers three Programs during Terms 1, 2 and 4 every year. They are: Primary Program, Preschool Program, and Early Childhood Program.

The Programs aim to:

  • Improve literacy and reading skills for a better education whilst simultaneously normalising reading as an everyday activity or pastime
  • Involve the family in reading and building a home library for all to share
  • Give children the pride of ownership and choice, and empower children to choose books they WANT to read rather than the books they are told to read
  • Foster self-driven learning through a connection to books and reading
  • Develop children’s creativity and imagination
  • Give children a better start in order to open up choices and opportunities in later life
  • Encourage children to engage with their school and families to engage with their community.

Books in Homes believes that reading is the gateway to education, and education is the key to opportunity and prosperity. Accordingly, each child on the Program receives the following over a year:

  • Nine Books-of-Choice
  • Nine Book Labels
  • Three Book Bags, and
  • Three Book Catalogues.

In addition, primary schools receive 144 books which are integrated into their school libraries, and extra Caught Being Good books and certificates to reward children for improvement in attendance, citizenship, improvement in reading, and more. Childcare centres and communities, as well as preschools, receive 36 books per year which they get to keep.

How are your Role Models selected?

Many of the Books in Homes Role Models are children’s authors, illustrators and storytellers. Others come from all walks of life. They include: Aboriginal Elders, comic book creators and graphic novelists, professional athletes, performers, celebrities, journalists, firefighters and other emergency services personnel, illusionists, accountants, and many others who represent a multitude of professions.

Some Role Models approach us about being on the Program because they’ve heard about Books in Homes from their friends and colleagues or via social media or another platform, and other times we approach them, especially if we have no Role Models on our database that live within the vicinity of a school or centre on the Program.

What is the responsibility of a Role Model once chosen? 

A volunteer Role Model’s would usually commit to a one hour Book Giving Assembly in Term 1, 2 and 4 of the school year plus travel time. At the Book Giving Assembly the Role Model would do a presentation such as a reading, performance, live sketching or a speech for about ten minutes to inspire the children but also to help them aspire. The Role Model and the Sponsor’s representatives for each school would then hand out the book bags to the children, and also reinforce the Books in Homes motto… “Read to succeed!”

Tell us about your all-important Book Selection Committee?

The Books in Homes Book Selection Committee is made up of a panel of volunteer educational and literary experts. The committee meets three times a year to ensure the books on the Program are both educational and enjoyable. Our distribution partner Scholastic Australia presents the Committee with an extensive list of 72 titles that is gradually whittled down to 48 books for each term’s Preview Pack. It is a prerequisite that 25% of titles on the Program be either written or illustrated by Indigenous creators.

You can meet the Book Selection Committee members here: www.booksinhomes.com.au/supporters/book-selection-committee

How is Books in Homes funded?

There are four ways for schools, centres and communities to join the Books in Homes Program: corporate sponsorship, self-funding, fund-raising and grants. Books in Homes also accepts donations via our fund-raising portal at GiveNow, which is used to raise funds for schools in need and specific regional campaigns and to support specific projects or initiatives. The Books in Homes Fundraising Appeal can be found here: www.givenow.com.au/booksinhomes

How can people get involved with the Books in Homes?

People can contribute in a number of different ways, including: sponsoring, donating, fund-raising, volunteering or subscribing to our monthly ezine THE BRIDGE. You can find out more at: www.booksinhomes.com.au/get-involved

 

Pinerolo - Interview (April 2019)

Where did the idea for Pinerolo come from?

In spite of what some people think, opening this place was never a lifelong dream. We bought the property in Blackheath in 2000 and there was an old two-bedroom cottage already here. Max wanted to build his dream stone Italian farmhouse, so we lived in the cottage for the six years it took him to build. In June 2010, we moved into the new house, then wondered what we’d do with the cottage. Because I had a large collection of original artwork, I decided to turn it into a children’s book centre. So we worked furiously, painting and renovating, framing and hanging pictures and the official opening was in November 2010. It is the only centre for children’s books in NSW. We promote Australian children’s picture books and their creators and educate adults and children about them and I am proud to share my collection and my knowledge with people.

What services does it offer to children’s authors or illustrators?

The collection of original artwork by many of Australia’s award-winning illustrators is good enough reason for authors and illustrators to visit. I am still so impressed with the wealth of talent we have in Australia, how versatile our illustrators are and how they can work in so many different media. In these days when so much artwork for picture books is done digitally there are not so many pieces of beautiful, original, hand done artwork to frame and hang. So my collection is a treasure trove. I began my ‘Illustrators in Residence’ program several years ago. I realised there are several ‘Authors in Residence’ programs available but no residencies for illustrators, especially with a live-in mentor! So I received funding from the Copyright Agency for a few years.

How are your Illustrator’s in Residence selected?

‘Illustrators in Residence’ are now funded by WestWords. We advertise the program and invite applications. Based on the applications, the selection panel, representing WestWords, Pinerolo and a publisher, choose the illustrators based on their potential as picture book illustrators and their submitted samples. Illustrators in Residence live in the cottage for a week and I spend at least a few hours with them every day. This mentorship, based on my lengthy experience as a picture book publisher, editor and designer, helps them develop their work, practise their drawing, compile their portfolio or even work on ideas for a picture book, especially if they’ve already got a publishing contract.

Can anyone visit Pinerolo?

Yes, we live in the house adjacent to the cottage. Although the cottage isn’t open on a daily basis, we are happy to receive visitors. A phone call is all that is needed to check that we’ll be here. Ideally, a group of people will arrange a visit and I’ll be able to give them a talk on how picture books are made.

There’s information about group visits and bookings on the website: www.pinerolo.com.au/PDF/Groups.pdf

What is the Picture Books @ Pinerolo program?

Picture Books @ Pinerolo began in 2007, even before our new house was built. Dee Huxley and I presented regular one-day courses to small groups. Now, because the cottage is totally dedicated as a children’s book centre, there are probably up to six a year. The day begins at 10am and concludes at 4pm. Sessions are split between me, talking about picture books from a publishing perspective and I am joined by an award-winning author or illustrator who talks about their work. There’s always a ‘show and tell’ session at the end of the day where anyone can share their work with us. It’s very satisfying that these courses have run for so long and that participants find them so inspiring. There are several who came as aspiring authors and have gone on to be successfully published. That’s very satisfying for me as it’s wonderful that I’ve been able to set someone on the path to publication. The next Picture Books @ Pinerolo will be on 30 March, with the incredibly talented Tohby Riddle. Not only will Tohby impress us with his breadth of experience as an author, illustrator and editor, he will have two new picture books to discuss and describe their development. These are ‘Here Comes Stinkbug’ and ‘Yahoo Creek’.

There is a booking form on the website: www.pinerolo.com.au/PDF/Riddle.pdf

Does Pinerolo receive any funding?

Apart from the Illustrators in Residence program, which is funded by WestWords, we receive no funding. We rely on word of mouth, on participants in our courses and sales of books and artwork. I’ve recently joined Airbnb and that is proving to bring in a few much-needed dollars! People who stay here will have the opportunity to see one of the best collections of original artwork in Australia. How about that?

How can people get involved with Pinerolo?

I do a newsletter every second month and have a large mailing list. I not only keep readers up to date with happenings in the children’s book world, but I receive review copies of new picture books from publishers, so have a list of those that I recommend. So anyone wishing to receive this newsletter should email me to be added to the list. They will also be the first to receive notices about upcoming courses and events. The February newsletter had recently gone out.

What’s next for Pinerolo?

2020 will mark our tenth birthday. I’m surprised that we’re still going strong and that there are still people who are interested in how to write, illustrate and publish a picture book. Picture books are alive and well in Australia. Our publishers produce beautiful picture books which are a satisfying, tactile experience to be shared with children. So maybe I’ll plan a 10th anniversary party and think about what I’ll do after that. I AM supposed to be retired!


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One More Page (Podcast) - Interview (March 2019)

How did One More Podcast get started? I’ve heard it was all Nat’s idea 😊

You did?! There’s only one person that would’ve led you to believe that – and that’s Nat! It was actually Kate who had the initial idea, and she reached out to Nat and I, wondering if we’d be keen to join her. Of course we were! Then the three of us basically brainstormed and collaborated on everything – there was a lot to research, plan and set up before we launched in February 2018, but with our combined skill sets and passions we came up with a podcast concept we were all really proud of and excited to share.

What makes your podcast different from other bookish podcasts?

One More Page’s tagline is ‘A podcast for lovers of kids’ books’ and that’s exactly what we are, a bookish fan club in podcast form with a focus on picture books through to middle grade, mostly Australian. We don’t have a particular focus on the craft of writing for kids as per some others (which we listen to and admire!), however, we champion books, illustrators and authors, while also delving into the kids’ book world more broadly. We’ve interviewed booksellers, publishers and librarians as well as authors and illustrators, and have a wide appeal with not only fellow writers in our audience but kids, teachers, teacher-librarians, families and schools.

What are One More Podcast’s goals?

Our main goal is to spread the kids’ book love. The three of us are unashamed bookish fangirls, and we have a genuine passion for reading and sharing the kids’ books we love. We also really enjoy learning from the people we interview, whether kids’ book industry figures or the kids we meet via the Kids Capers section, and sharing their insights with listeners. As kids’ book authors ourselves, it’s also a great platform to share our personal bookish news.

Who have you chatted with so far? Can you let us in on any super big names you might be chatting with in future episodes?

We’ve chatted to a truly impressive roll call of the who’s who of Australian kids’ books, with lots of great up and coming talent as well. We’ve had Children’s Laureate Leigh Hobbs, KOALA legend Deb Abela, Paul Jennings, Jacqueline Harvey, Oliver Phommavanh, Sue Whiting and many more. We’ve also had booksellers from our favourite kids’ book specialty stores, like Readings Kids, The Children’s Bookshop, The Little Bookroom and Where the Wild Things Are. We’ve had kids’ book publishers from Magabala Books and Allen & Unwin give us the inside story. Then we’ve also met new talent like the competition winners we interviewed for our CYA Conference special. There’s lots of exciting interviews in store – some coming up include authors Tim Harris and Allison Tait, and illustrator turned art director Sarah Davis. We’re also planning an episode featuring some wonderful debut authors just embarking on their author careers.

What’s the funniest thing a child has ever said to you during one of your podcast recording sessions?

We’ve been lucky enough to feature a lot of wonderful, smart, well read and hilarious kids on the show in our Kids Capers segment, which stars kids in a variety of ways. We’ve had kids interviewing their literary heroes, including RA Spratt, Gregg Dreise and Jules Faber, kids reviewing books, and times they’ve contributed their own creative writing which we’ve shared on the show. A highlight was the time Stig Wemyss (the audiobook voice of Andy and Terry!) performed a winning piece in a professional Bolinda production. There have been lots of funny comments and moments, but one that springs to mine is young Albie who just couldn’t stop speaking ‘chicken’ during their interview. Cluck!

How is One More Podcast funded?

The podcast is self-funded for now. We’re exploring the possibilities of an arts grant to cover expenditures we currently cover, like website hosting. But until then it’s a true DIY venture, with a little help from some friends (shout out to Marianne Khoo who designs our logo and episode images, and Adam Orlowski for sound editing).

How can people listen to One More Podcast?

One More Page is on iTunes and all major podcast apps, like PocketCasts, Google Podcasts, Apple Podcasts and Spotify – just search for us on the podcast app on your phone, and we should pop up! Another easy option is to listen directly from our website, www.onemorepagepodcast.com  We also have shownotes for each episode there too, if you’re looking for more information on our guests or a book we’ve reviewed.

What's next from the One More Podcast team?

We have an exciting year ahead, with much of our 2019 content mapped out already. We have a theme for each episode, and have some new angles on kids’ book we’re going to explore, from adventure stories and graphic novels to non-fiction. Following the success of our CYA Conference special in 2018, we’re also looking forward to attending more events. Kate and Nat have lined up some interviews at the upcoming CBCA Conference in Canberra, plus a return to CYA is in the works. The three us of each have books coming out this year, so we’re also looking forward to sharing news about those on the show.

Keep in touch with One More Page:

Website: www.onemorepagepodcast.com

Twitter: @onemorepageau

Instagram: @onemorepageau

Facebook: www.facebook.com/onemorepageau

Email:

You can also stay up to date with the team’s own book news:

Kate Simpson's website: www.katesimpsonbooks.com

Liz Ledden's website: www.lizledden.com

Nat Amoore's website: www.natamoore.com


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  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). - www.terrydenton.com

    Terry Denton
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'
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    Sally Rippin
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    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'
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    George Ivanoff
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    - www.tohby.com

    Tohby Riddle

  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

    Tania McCartney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'
    www.sgervay.com

    Susanne Gervay
  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is an awesome resource you should totally check it out.' - raspratt.com

    R.A. Spratt
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.
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    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'CKT is a great resource for both established and emerging authors. I like the way you're always coming up with new and exciting initiatives at your site. And I love reading the fascinating journeys and achievements of the writers you profile here.' - www.deescribe.com.au

    Dee White
  • 'CKT is such a valuable site for anybody wanting to learn a bit more about making children’s books. When time travelling becomes possible, I’ll steal all the info from this site and deliver it to my younger, aspiring self.'

    - petercarnavas.com

    Peter Carnavas

  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' - www.maisyfun.com

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'
    www.meredithcostain.com

    Meredith Costain
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'It's easy to feel alone when writing, and clueless about what happens next. Creative Kids Tales offers answers and community - invaluable resources.'

    - www.clairesaxby.com

    Claire Saxby

  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'
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    DC Green
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" - tashibooks.com

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' - www.deborahabela.com

    Deborah Abela
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015
    www.jackiefrench.com

    Jackie French
  • 'Creative Kids Tales would’ve been mighty handy to know about back when I was sitting about drawing and writing and having no idea what to do with any of it! Go explore and create knowing you have such an amazing resource at your back!'

    - www.heathmck.com

    Heath McKenzie

  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fabulous community of passionate, hardworking and committed writers. If you're looking for new and exciting talent that's dedicated to the children's book industry - look no further than CKT!'

    - www.waichim.com

    Wai Chim

  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger: www.creativekidstales.com.au
    Well done, CKT team!' - janeenbrian.com

    Janeen Brian
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'The details available on this site, for emerging writers (or those emerged) is incredibly helpful. From creating stories- plotting, dialogue and character building- to the support writers can seek for their work, be it mentoring or seeking a publisher, it’s all there. An excellent easy-to-access writers’ site!'

    - libbyhathorn.com

    Libby Hathorn

  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' - www.shauntan.net

    Shaun Tan
  • 'Creative Kids Tales contributes a wonderful sense of community to the Australian kids’ book scene, from sharing insightful interviews, to writing competitions and now a conference. It’s a great organisation to follow online and be a part of!'

    - www.onemorepagepodcast.com

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  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'What a great site! We all tend to work in isolation in our own little caves. It’s great to see all the other cave dwellers out there and realise we are not alone. What a great resource!'

    - brucewhatley.com

    Bruce Whatley

  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! - www.suewhiting.com

    Sue Whiting
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! - sallymurphy.com.au

    Sally Murphy
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'
    www.tristanbancks.com

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'Creative Kids tales is the perfect place to go for inspiration and to recharge the creative batteries.'

    - www.franelessac.com

    Frané Lessac

  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'CKT is informative, relevant, recent and fun! It’s an exceptional resource for anyone involved in children’s literature.'

    - www.timharrisbooks.com

    Tim Harris

  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'Having been a publisher and an author and now proprietor of Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage, I am passionate about promoting children’s books. Creative Kids Tales is such a welcome part of this network and I salute them for their support and their inspiration to so many. On their seventh birthday I wish them many, many happy returns.'

    - www.pinerolo.com.au

    Margaret Hamilton

  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'
    www.paulcollins.com.au

    Paul Collins