Featured Organisation Interviews

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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    Aleesah Darlison
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    Emma Quay
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  • '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

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    Jacqueline Harvey
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    Isobelle Carmody
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    Oliver Phommavanh
  • '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
  • '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
  • 'CKT is informative, relevant, recent and fun! It’s an exceptional resource for anyone involved in children’s literature.'

    - www.timharrisbooks.com

    Tim Harris

  • '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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    - www.onemorepagepodcast.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
  • '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
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    Andy Griffiths
  • '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
  • '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 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
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    - www.clairesaxby.com

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