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Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Hari

Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Hari

Meet Hari

Age: 9

School: Camberwell Grammar School

What are your interests? I have been interested in drawing from a very young age. I like to draw cartoons, landscapes and characters from books I enjoyed reading.  Drawing the scene from Zoo ball interested me because of this. Apart from drawing, I also like reading and playing the Violin. I love travelling and enjoy learning about different cultures.

Tell us a little bit about your illustration? I chose to draw the illustration on page 10 which shows the Kangaroo kicking the ball over the fence. I tried to make the ball look distinctive and bright as the ball is an important part of the story book. I enjoyed entering this competition and drawing the picture, as I like drawing animals and cartoons. I wanted the picture to grab the attention of young readers.

Why did you enter? I found out about the competition through my school and received encouragement to participate. I was excited by the chance to illustrate a part of this book and share my love of drawing for small children.  

Any other comments? I am grateful to wombat books for the opportunity to be involved in this book.

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Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Charlotte

Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Charlotte

Meet Charlotte

Age: 9

School: Kalbar State School, Kalbar Queensland

Tell us a bit about your illustration? I practised it first, on scrap paper.  When I was happy with it I put it on the right page.  I thought it was quite good because I had used bright colours.  I liked how the tree was on the edge of the page.

Why did you enter the Zoo Ball Challenge? I belong to a Book Lab at my school and the parent who runs it encouraged all of us to enter.  It seemed like a fun idea.

What are your interests? I love drawing, playing bass guitar and reading.

Any other words? I was very excited to be chosen to be included in the book.

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Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Macy

Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Macy

Meet Macy

Age: 13

School: Adelaide High School

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Tell us a little bit about your illustration? The page I drew was page 4-5 of Zoo Ball. I was given a line which my illustration was to be paired with. Page 4-5 was about an amazing animal, native to Australia… The kangaroo! The way I went about it was to capture the liveliness of the kangaroo and the joy that it brings to children. My cartoon had to be filled with joy and colour so that children reading the book would want to look at it again and again. I used water colours and pen to create this effect. It turned out as vivid and eye-catching. I particularly liked how your eye is drawn to the pops of colour that don’t clash and work well together. 

Why did you enter? As a small child I used to spend long amounts of time in a space our family called “up top.” Every month my parents would supply me with big sheets of drawing paper, and even as a toddler I knew that I loved art. I loved the feel of a pen in my hand and paper under my fingers. As I grew, I read more children’s books and I saw the pages filled with colour and it gave me new ideas for my drawing. Sometimes the only thing I had to occupy myself was my drawing. When I heard there was a chance of being featured as an illustrator I knew that this was a chance I could not miss. A chance to be published in a book that would potentially reach lots of children and inspire them to draw was why this competition was a could-not-miss chance!

What are your interests? As a small child I grew up with art by my side, (obviously), the other thing I enjoyed and found pleasure in was participating in sports, such as running, track, field, badminton, netball, touch rugby and football. I have represented my state three times. I enjoy doing short runs around my neighbourhood, (next to a beautiful river near my house) as it keeps me fit and healthy. My other hobbies include: cycling, reading, dancing, singing, walking and shopping!  All of these things play a big part in my life keeping me happy and that is why I keep them in my life.

What inspires you?My inspiration came from an artist called “Hannakin.” (A local Australian artist.) Whilst searching round a market in Adelaide I saw this amazing little store entitled “Hannakin.”  It was filled with perfect little tokens and hand-drawn cards. The drawings were such a new idea to me. I realized in my little artist brain that I could potentially turn this style into one of my own. As soon as I got home I jumped straight to my desk, my little drawing space, my pen felt so naturally free as I traced a new kind of drawing style. The characters seemed so perfect and my small sketches grew from tiny ideas to a big thought out piece of art and became unique in a quirky way until they were my own designs. And this inspiration came from a little stall in the centre of Adelaide.

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Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Tayla

Meet Zoo Ball Challenge Winner: Tayla

Meet Tayla

Age: 12

School: All Saints Anglican School

What are your interests? My hobbies include art, running, playing guitar, singing and hanging with my friends.

Tell us a bit about your illustration? I drew this picture with watercolour pencils while looking through lots and lots of photos of cartoon animals where I got my inspiration. I started off with a rough sketch and spent many hours perfecting it. The thing that I liked about this competition was the interesting subject that we had to draw. The book uses lots of different animals and I loved using different variations of colour to brighten the picture.

Why did you enter? I entered this competition because I love art and especially drawing animals. I thought it would be a great opportunity to get a picture that I created printed into a fun and exciting book for children.

Any last words? I really look forward to seeing my picture in this amazing book. I feel privileged to be involved, so thank you.

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Meet Zoo Ball Cover Winner: Alyssa

Meet Zoo Ball Cover Winner: Alyssa
Meet Alyssa

Age: 14

School: Presbyterian Ladies' College

What are your interests? My hobbies include sketching animals, painting flowers and nature, drawing anime characters, playing the piano and oboe, playing tennis and baking desserts. I love going on holidays, hanging out with my family and friends, Japanese culture, Alaskan malamutes and huskies, home decor and funny stories.

Tell us a bit about your illustration? First I sketched out my idea which would complement the text. I wanted the upset zoo keeper to be in the centre of the page, with a few observers surrounding him and the monkeys in the background. I felt that a simple illustration would be more effective. After refining my sketch, I traced the outline using a black fine liner and coloured using watercolour paint.

Why did you enter? I chose to enter this competition because I thought that it would be very exciting and special to have my own illustration in a published book. The opportunity to contribute to a picture storybook does not come around often.

Alyssa has received the cover illustration award and will be offered the opportunity to complete the cover illustrator. Well done Alyssa.

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'But he's different!'

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by Katrina Roe

Illustrated by Jemima Trappel

How do we see past differences when they’re scary?

Katrina Roe’s first two picture books, Marty’s Nut-free Party and Emily Eases her Wheezes, both tackled the subject of children overcoming problems that made them seem different from other kids.

Her latest book, ‘Same’, continues with this theme, although this time it’s little Ivy who’s scared of her Uncle Charlie because he’s different.

‘Same’ deals with the theme of using common ground to overcome fear and see past differences. It’s based on the true story of how a little girl responded to her uncle, who has cerebral palsy. While her initial reaction was one of fear, the simple act of drawing a picture led to her accepting him as a person and realising he wasn’t so different after all.

In this book Katrina has teamed up with illustrator Jemima Trappel. A Sydney-based artist, ‘Same’ is the first book that Jemima has illustrated for Wombat Books.

‘I think Katrina's text has captured the essence of the situation well and it has been a delight to illustrate it,’ she said.

‘Before I started work on the illustrations for ‘Same’, Katrina invited me over and introduced me to Charlie. I took some photos and developed sketches from them. I kept the illustrated character pretty close to the original, so much so that when Katrina saw the preliminary page layouts she said, “There's a lot of Charlie in there!” I hope the pictures bring a smile to Charlie's face when he sees them.’

 

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Author Interview: Katrina Roe

Author Interview: Katrina Roe

Katrina Roe is the author of Marty's Nut Free Party, shortlisted for the 2013 Speech Pathology Award and Emily Eases her Wheezes a Notable book in the 2015 CBCA awards.


She’s also a radio announcer at Hope 103.2 in Sydney, a mum of 3 girls and wife of 1!!!
Her next book, Same, is a true story about her beloved brother, Charlie, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair.

 

1) What was your favourite children’s book when you were a kid?

The book I read the most when I was a kid was I Want to Go Home by Gordon Korman. It was about a super brainy, talented nonchalant kid called Rudy Miller, who found it hard to fit in on a summer holiday camp. He was kinda cool, but also distant and somehow alienated from the other kids. I sometimes wonder what I related to in the character – perhaps the fact that he didn’t quite fit in, or that he was far away from home, missing his parents (I knew I would be going off to boarding school soon). Either way, it made me laugh and I read it 7 or 8 times in Year 5 and 6

2) What’s your favourite book as an adult?

I don’t have a favourite, but recently I enjoyed The Rosie Project… like everyone else. It has everything: an awkward, unlikely romance, (is there any other kind?) fascinating characters and lots of laughs. From the classics, I love Pride and Prejudice, but I’m also a bit obsessed with Jane Eyre. I love her passionate speeches and her fiery nature. (“Do you think, because I am poor, obscure, plain and little, I am soulless and heartless? You think wrong! - I have as much soul as you, - and full as much heart!” Sigh. I even named my newborn baby, Bronte, because I love it so much.

3) What are you reading now?

Right now I am reading Out of my Mind by Sharon M. Draper. It’s about a very bright young girl with cerebral palsy and her frustration at not being able to express herself. I’m sure I’m partly enjoying this book because it’s helping me understand what life has been like for my older brother, who also has cerebral palsy, but it’s also just a great read. It’s a serious book, but humorous too and deeply touching. I’d recommend it for adults and children over ten.

4) What inspires you to write for children?

A few months ago I walked into the living room to see my 8 year old daughter engrossed in the last pages of a book, tears streaming down her face. She was reading The Kensington Reptilarium by N.J.Gemmell. In the last pages of the book, the children’s father, who has been Missing in Action returns from a prisoner-of-war camp, so thin and exhausted they can barely recognize him. Suddenly my daughter glimpsed what it must have been like for my own Dad when his father finally returned home after almost five years in a POW camp. I love that a good story can create that kind of deep empathy and understanding in children, while they’re learning and being entertained.

5) What do you consider your biggest achievement?

I think this new book, Same, is about to become my biggest achievement. I’m really proud of it, although I can’t take any credit for it, as the story was a gift from my brother. I love it because it’s true and it was such a lovely moment in my life. I hope it will help people confront their feelings and fears about people with disabilities and that it will empower more people to be brave in their interactions. If I never write another book for as long as I live, I will be glad that I wrote this one. And Jemima’s illustrations are stunning.

Same is now for sale here

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Zoo Ball Cover winner

Zoo Ball Cover winner

Congratulations to Alyssa Teoh who has been given the role of cover illustrator for the Zoo Ball book, by Aleesah Darlison.

Alyssa we look forward to working with you for the cover!

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Aussie kids wheeze their way through winter

One in ten Australian children are affected by asthma.

A fun new children’s book is helping families manage their asthma more effectively.

When children’s author Katrina’s Roe’s eldest daughter was just a toddler, winter was a difficult time. She would cough every night, often until she vomited. “We would go to the doctor totally sleep deprived and beg for a solution. The doctor would eventually prescribe an oral steroid. After a few days of medication the cough would subside, only to reoccur a few weeks later. This cycle continued until she was eventually diagnosed with asthma.”

Speaking at the launch of Katrina’s new book Emily Eases Her Wheezes, NSW Asthma Foundation CEO Michele Goldman confirmed her experience was a common one. “Childhood asthma can be quite difficult to diagnose. It often presents as a persistent cough that gets worse at night.”

Asthma remains a common reason for children presenting at hospital emergency departments. Winter can be a difficult time for parents and children with asthma, due to the prevalence of colds and flu, and the effect of cold air on sensitive airways. However, the triggers can be different for every child.

Emily Eases Her Wheezes is a beautiful new children’s picture book that helps children recognise the symptoms of, and triggers for, their asthma.  It was recently listed as a ‘Notable Book’ in the 2015 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

With Notes for Parents and Carers by Professor Peter van Asperen from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, this book is a great resource for schools, day care centres and pre-schools. As the parent of a child with severe asthma, author Katrina Roe wants to reassure children that they can enjoy a healthy, active life with asthma.

According to Professor van Asperen, “The aim of asthma management is to help the child lead a normal lifestyle, free of both asthma symptoms and medication side effects. While asthma is common, effective treatment is available, and children can lead a normal life despite their asthma.”


Author Katrina Roe is available to speak about:

  • Her experiences as the mother of a child with persistent asthma
  • Many early hospital trips with her daughter’s asthma including one perilous time
  • The difficulties of diagnosing asthma in small children
  • Learning to recognise the symptoms of asthma
  • Learning to recognise her daughter’s triggers for asthma
  • The importance of helping children stay active in spite of asthma
  • Teasing and bullying in the playground associated with asthma

About the Author

Katrina Roe is an author and radio presenter. Most recently she was host of the morning show on Sydney’s Hope 103.2 radio (www.hope1032.com.au) before going on maternity leave to have her third baby.

Emily Eases Her Wheezes is Katrina’s second picture book. It was listed as a Notable Book in the recent 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. It is a companion book toMarty’s Nut-Free Party, which was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Her third book, Same, a true story about her brother, who has cerebral palsy, is also about to be published by Wombat Books.

Katrina lives in Sydney with her three young daughters and her husband Chris, who is an Executive Producer with NITV news.

Katrina Roe is available for interviews by phone or in Sydney studios.

You can contact Katrina by

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 0412 425 745

Website: www.Katrinaroe.com

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Aussie kids wheeze their way through winter

One in ten Australian children are affected by asthma.

A fun new children’s book is helping families manage their asthma more effectively.

When children’s author Katrina’s Roe’s eldest daughter was just a toddler, winter was a difficult time. She would cough every night, often until she vomited. “We would go to the doctor totally sleep deprived and beg for a solution. The doctor would eventually prescribe an oral steroid. After a few days of medication the cough would subside, only to reoccur a few weeks later. This cycle continued until she was eventually diagnosed with asthma.”

Speaking at the launch of Katrina’s new book Emily Eases Her Wheezes, NSW Asthma Foundation CEO Michele Goldman confirmed her experience was a common one. “Childhood asthma can be quite difficult to diagnose. It often presents as a persistent cough that gets worse at night.”

Asthma remains a common reason for children presenting at hospital emergency departments. Winter can be a difficult time for parents and children with asthma, due to the prevalence of colds and flu, and the effect of cold air on sensitive airways. However, the triggers can be different for every child.

Emily Eases Her Wheezes is a beautiful new children’s picture book that helps children recognise the symptoms of, and triggers for, their asthma.  It was recently listed as a ‘Notable Book’ in the 2015 Children’s Book Council Book of the Year Awards.

With Notes for Parents and Carers by Professor Peter van Asperen from The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, this book is a great resource for schools, day care centres and pre-schools. As the parent of a child with severe asthma, author Katrina Roe wants to reassure children that they can enjoy a healthy, active life with asthma.

According to Professor van Asperen, “The aim of asthma management is to help the child lead a normal lifestyle, free of both asthma symptoms and medication side effects. While asthma is common, effective treatment is available, and children can lead a normal life despite their asthma.”


Author Katrina Roe is available to speak about:

  • Her experiences as the mother of a child with persistent asthma
  • Many early hospital trips with her daughter’s asthma including one perilous time
  • The difficulties of diagnosing asthma in small children
  • Learning to recognise the symptoms of asthma
  • Learning to recognise her daughter’s triggers for asthma
  • The importance of helping children stay active in spite of asthma
  • Teasing and bullying in the playground associated with asthma

About the Author

Katrina Roe is an author and radio presenter. Most recently she was host of the morning show on Sydney’s Hope 103.2 radio (www.hope1032.com.au) before going on maternity leave to have her third baby.

Emily Eases Her Wheezes is Katrina’s second picture book. It was listed as a Notable Book in the recent 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. It is a companion book toMarty’s Nut-Free Party, which was shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Her third book, Same, a true story about her brother, who has cerebral palsy, is also about to be published by Wombat Books.

Katrina lives in Sydney with her three young daughters and her husband Chris, who is an Executive Producer with NITV news.

Katrina Roe is available for interviews by phone or in Sydney studios.

You can contact Katrina by

Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Phone: 0412 425 745

Website: www.Katrinaroe.com

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When memories fade

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by Kelly O'Gara and Anna McNeil

When a loved one’s memory starts to fade it’s hard on every member of the family, but particularly on children. It can be devastating for a child to watch a loving grandparent go from tender caregiver to someone who doesn’t know them.

Do You Remember is a moving picture book that helps children as they go through this difficult time. Beautifully illustrated, it tells the story of a little mouse whose beloved grandparent has good days where she smiles and knows the child to bad days when she doesn’t remember anything.

"Dementia is a condition that has tremendous effect on the whole family and can have a signficant impact on a child's relationship with their grandparent," said Kelly O'Gara, author and illustrator of the book. "I wrote Do You Remember with the help of Anna McNeil, to educate children about the condition and encourage them to continue spending time with their grandparent. The book tries to explain the confusing changes children may notice in behaviour, and introduce simple and beneficial ways of interacting with someone who had dementia.

"This book highlights the importance of love and memory in this situation, to foster positive interaction between loved ones."

Alzheimer's Australian encourages providing opportunities for children or grandchildren to talk openly, ask question and express their feelings about dementia. Children's literature may be a valuable starting point to raise awareness of dementia and how it affects families for young readers.

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Zoo Ball Announcements

Congratulations to all our student illlustrators who have been a part of the Zoo Ball. Emails have gone out to each entrant this morning. We will be announcing pages and winners through this week.

Top voted illustrators were:

Hari

Alyssa

Alexander

Congratulation to these students who have been invited to contribute to the ends pages as well as their internal illustrations.

More page announcements coming soon!

 

 

 

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Wombat Books and Rhiza Press Submissions are Now Open.

Wombat Books and Rhiza Press are open for submissions as of Friday the 1st of May, 2015. We will be accepting unsolicited manuscripts for review.

What we are looking for.

We are looking for entertaining original manuscripts that leave a lasting impression. Wombat Books is accepting submissions for early readers and stand-alone picture books, aimed at preschool and early primary school. Rhiza Press is collecting manuscripts for predominantly ages 14 and above, including young adult fiction, adult fiction and biographies. We encourage you to know your publisher before submitting. To find out what we are looking for please read some of the books we have published.

For more information visit:

wombatbooks.com.au

rhizapress.com.au 

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Emily Wins More Than Children’s Hearts

Emily Wins More Than Children’s Hearts

One of Wombat Books’ beloved childhood characters, Emily the elephant, has recently received a place on The Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Books 2015 list.

If Emily tries to play basketball, she ends up puffing. What can you do when asthma stops you from playing with your friends? Join Emily and her friends as they find a way she can join in on the fun.

Author, Katrina Roe and illustrator, Leigh Hedstrom have continued their success with Emily Eases her Wheezes, by featuring some of our favourite characters from their popular first title Marty’s Nut-Free Party. The authors have already seen Marty with his nut allergy shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Awards and read in schools and families around the country. Wombat Books is overjoyed to celebrate another success with their authors, as Emily the elephant not only wins over the hearts of children.

You can join Emily, Marty and their friends in this new adventure to help them understand asthma in a fun and entertaining way.

Wombat Books is committed to creating quality children's books that respect, value and uplift. Emily Eases her Wheezes is available in all good bookstores or online at www.wombatbooks.com.au.

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Zoo Ball update

This week we have contacted the winning voters in the Zoo Ball Challenge. These will be announced soon!

Our publishing team is busy choosing which page fits what in the Zoo Ball entries. Entrants will be advised via email shortly about how their illustrations might fit.

 

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An interview with Katrina Roe

An interview with Katrina Roe

Katrina is the author of Marty's Nut Free Party, shortlisted for the 2013 Speech Pathology Award and the upcoming Emily Eases her Wheezes.

 

I am Katrina Roe, a radio announcer at Hope 103.2 in Sydney, a children's picture book author, a mum of 2 and a wife of 1!!!

Question 1: What was the first story you ever wrote and has it been published?

The first stories I ever had published were in the Carrathool Public School newsletter, but before I had started school. I used to dictate them to my mum and she would send them in! One of the earliest stories that I still have a copy of was called My Trip in a Pink Bubble. It was an adventurous story with a journey to a strange land, a wicked witch, a narrow escape and of course, a happy ending. I still have a copy of that book, including my illustrations. I also had a poem called Summer is Here! that was published in The Land newspaper when I was about six years old. My mum was continually sending my poems and stories in to anyone that would publish them!

Question 2: What was your first book published?
The first book I had published was Marty's Nut-Free Party in 2012 with Wombat Books. Before that I had contributed to a couple of anthologies and I wrote a novel that was shortlisted for an award, but sadly, is still sitting in my bottom drawer.

Question 3: What is your favourite part about being an author?
I love every aspect of it. I love those first moments when the seed of an idea germinates in your head. I love reading out the early drafts to my writers' group and hearing all their suggestions. I love the moment when I pop it in the post box with all the excitement and anticipation and possibility that goes along with that. I even don't mind rejection letters as they make me feel that I am one step closer to success! I still tremble when a new contract appears and I love seeing those very first storyboards or roughs when the book starts to take shape. The moment the first copy of the book arrives on your doorstep is exhilarating and I love the fun and excitement of a book launch. But the very best moment is when you look up from a reading and see 20, 30, 40, 50 or 60 little pairs of eyes all glued to the page, hanging on every word you're saying and waiting expectantly to see what happens next!

Question 4: What is the hardest part about being an author?
I find it hard to work alone and even more difficult to work at home, where there are so many distractions and always lots of mess! It's also hard to make it financially viable. One day I would really love to have my own studio or office to write in, where the walls would be filled with my favourite books, there would be just a kettle and a stash of tea, and preferably a beautiful view of ocean, rivers or bush! Sigh! Even just a laptop would be a bonus!

Question 5: What do you do for fun?
I love travelling and outdoorsy adventures like bushwalking and kayaking although I don't get much time for any of those things at the moment! I also just really appreciate spending time with close friends, preferably somewhere scenic. Right now I am on the 40th birthday party circuit, which has meant lots of silliness with old friends. Yay!

Question 6: How do you test out your stories? Or who do you test them on?
I usually read them to my kids and husband first, then I take them to my writers' group. Once I've got them to an acceptable level, then I ask a few trusted friends what they think.


Question 7: What was your favourite children's book when you were a kid?
If I'm really honest, my favourite was a Golden Book called Hunkydory. I also loved The Magic Faraway Tree stories, The Wishing Chair series and the Famous Five. When I got into later primary I devoured Gordon Korman books and my favourite was I Want to Go Home. It was about a smarty-pants loner who spends his entire holiday trying to escape from summer camp.

Question 8: What is your favourite children's book now?
It's really hard to narrow it down to just one. My favourite picture books are Herman and Rosie by Gus Gordon and Pearl Barley and Charlie Parsley by Aaron Blabey, which both celebrate the absolute blessing and miracle it is to find a true friend.

Question 9: What writing genre do you like to do the most?
I like to write picture books the most, but I would also love to write a novel one day.

Question 10: What is your favourite way/time to read?
My favourite way to read grown-up books is on holidays, either at my parents' place in the country or at a beach house. It's the only time I get a chance to really demolish a book in a couple of days. However, my eight year old is a voracious reader now and we are tackling some really interesting stuff together, so I thoroughly enjoy the time we spend reading together each night. Sometimes I find myself sneakily skipping ahead to see what happens while she's cleaning her teeth.

Question 11: What book are you reading right now?
I most recently finished The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak, The Importance of Being Seven by Alexander McCall Smith and am now starting on a new re-write of Jane Austen's Emma also by Alexander McCall Smith. With my eight year old, I'm reading Morris Gleitzman's Blabber Mouth and Sticky Beak, which we are loving! My 3 year old only reads Nick Bland's The Wrong Book (over and over and over again!) so I also read that most nights.

 

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Multiple Award Winners at the US 2014 Literary Classics Awards.

Multiple Award Winners at the US 2014 Literary Classics Awards.

Four of our fantastic authors won awards at the 2014 Children's Literary Classics Awards. The international competition, run out of the US, was created to ‘honour excellence in children's and young adult literature, thereby encouraging a passion for reading while promoting education, imagination and character in young readers.’

Congratulations to all of the authors who have been acknowledged for their fantastic work, including:

Without Me by Kayleen West (Picture Book/Preschooler - Silver)


Firelight of Heaven, by Lizbeth Klein (Fantasy Fiction/YA - Silver)


The Heir, by Lynne Stringer (Science Fiction/YA - Silver)


Motive Games, by L.D. Taylor (Faith Based/YA - Silver)

 

All of these titles are available in bookstores, libraries or click on the links above to buy online now.

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Free book with all orders! One week only.

Free book with all orders! One week only.

Excited by the upcoming Illustration Challenge book - Zoo Ball, by Aleesah Darlison?

Purchase any book from our website this week and recieve a FREE copy of Aleesah's first book published with Wombat Books - Puggle's Problem (paperback).

Puggle's Problem is a gentle, humorous tale emphasising the importance of perseverance and patience. It also showcases some of Australia’s best-loved native animals and their unique characteristics.

ONE copy of the book will be sent every order place online through our website this week. 

Aleesah is also the author of Little Meerkat and Little Good Wolf illustrated by fellow Aussie, Shannon Melville.

 

*Offer valid until 5pm, AEST Friday, 28 November.

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Extra bonus for voting!

We would like to take the opportunity to assure children and families that voting is not the only criteria for whether their illustration will be published in the book. The judging panel will make their final say based on the skill level of the child ensuring the quality of the book is high.

The voting may influence placement and who gets priority where there are multiple entries for one page, however, we are hoping to be able to include the majority of children in the book in some way, even if that means children are asked to illustrate a different page or adjust their illustrations just like they would during a normal publishing process.

So all children's illustrations will be thoroughly considered by the judges for page placement.

We thank children and families for their response to the voting. We have decided to offer up to two extra prizes for children with high votes, separate to whether or not their illustrations are finalised in the pages of the book.

Out of the voting finalists we hope to choose children to give the following extra opportunity. Two children will receive a $100 Wombat Books voucher AND the opportunity to design the Ends Pages of the book. The ends pages are the inside front and back covers.

 

Don't forget voting closes on Friday, 28 November!

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When I See Grandma wins CALEB Award (Children's) 2014!

When I See Grandma wins CALEB Award (Children's) 2014!

When I See Grandma, by Debra Tidball has just won the CALEB Award 2014 in the Children's Category. This is the second time this book has been acknowledged as outstanding as it was also shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Awards 2014.

The book is a delightful insight into the transforming power of children and love to enjoy with your kids, grandkids or great-grandkids.

Two children visit their unresponsive grandmother in an aged care home and ‘brighten her dreams’ as the reader gains an insight into Grandma’s past, linking her past to the present. The bleakness of the setting is transformed by the children’s vitality that brightens the lives of the residents. And the children make memories they will treasure forever whilst helping Grandma remember.

“This beautiful book delicately points to the foundations of healthy grieving by showing practical demonstrations of love and focussing on creating and sharing memories. When I see Grandma is not only delightful to read, but a valuable resource for every home,” said Liz Mann, Bereavement Counsellor.

Congratulations also to winners under our Even Before Publishing imprint:

Nick Hawkes - The Celtic Stone (Fiction)
David Malcolm Bennett - From Ashes to Glory (Non Fiction)
Carol Preston - Suzannah's Gold (Bookseller's Choice Award)

When I See Grandma is available from all good bookstores, your local library or buy online now.

 

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