Riding the Vapour Trail of 2015

December 31st, 2015 | Category: News

This was the year to hold a newly hatched baby sea turtle. The year for my Dad to hear stories. The year to walk the Great Wall of China. The year to sit in my 1st grade classroom seat again. The year A is for Australia was released. The year to see a giant prawn. The year to tour Kentucky, Broome, Darwin, Melbourne, New…

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Fast Plane to China

April 3rd, 2015 | Category: News

Recently, I took a fast plane (rather than a slow boat) to China to present at the Bookworm Literature Festival that took place in three cities: Beijing, Chengdu and Suzhou. Over ten days I mingled with legendary authors, visited local schools, stayed in mind-blowing hotels, and ate Chinese delicacies chosen by pointing at menus with colorful pictures. Sometimes…

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Dreams Are Made at Bookaroo

February 25th, 2015 | Category: News

Children’s literature in India is blossoming. Parents and teachers are starting to appreciate the importance of books and reading for pleasure in their children’s lives. Festivals like Bookaroo are a testament to this growing understanding. Bookaroo’s mission is to bring children and books together in a borderless world and we need to celebrate the passionate founders:…

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Virtual Launch and Giveaway

January 16th, 2015 | Category: News

Exciting things are happening in the world of A is for Australia. Since my friends are spread all across the globe, I’ve decided to host an online launch complete with virtual bubbles! Even more exciting, I’ll be giving away three signed limited edition prints from the book. Details on how to win below and on the A is…

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A is for Australia

January 12th, 2015 | Category: News

Australia is a far cry from New Jersey where I grew up. I’ve always loved to travel and as soon as I could walk, I’d take off on adventures with my little red wagon…collecting rocks and flowers from neighborhood gardens along the way. Nowadays, I look forward to travelling around Australia. Within a few minutes…

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Giving Thanks

November 11th, 2014 | Category: News

Mark: Frané and I have celebrated Thanksgiving in the US, the UK, the Caribbean and many other countries. No matter where we are in the world, we always manage to gather friends and family to share a special day of celebration. This year our Thanksgiving will be in Australia. So what does an Australian Thanksgiving…

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us in the US

November 7th, 2014 | Category: News

Before the nation’s capital city woke up, we took a jetlag stroll. Over two weeks, we conducted nine extraordinary events in Washington D.C., New York & Massachusetts.…from book festivals, presenting to Children’s Book Guild and SCBWI peers, conducting hands-on workshops, launching a book and meetings with publishers. Bonus was this all took place during my…

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Children’s Book Week & School Visits

July 28th, 2014 | Category: News

As I scroll down my Book Week Month schedule and about to face 27 school visits, I thought I’d share my tried and tested top ten survival tips. 1. Reconfirm dates and times with the library or school beforehand. Organisers have been known to go on long service leave or change position. 2. Prepare a…

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Celebrating Children’s Literature in Singapore

June 7th, 2014 | Category: News

Imagine a 16th story library. Fill it with publishers, educators, agents, parents, librarians, authors and illustrators from all over the world. All gathered to celebrate, learn and share knowledge at the most dynamic and fastest growing literary festivals – the Asian Festival of Children’s Content (AFCC). I was honoured to be one of six selected…

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Midnight on Exhibition

February 20th, 2014 | Category: News

A preview of the “Midnight”exhibition at The Literature Centre It’s always a thrill to look back and follow the stages involved in preparing a book for publication. – from its origin and inspiration to the extensive research involved. – the ‘journeys of discovery’ that help balance creative interpretation with historical authenticity. – the development of…

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