Allison Paterson is a well-established name in children’s literature. Known for her well-researched and personal non-fiction narrative accounts of life in the past. From the evocative Shearing Time about life on the rural farm to Granny’s Place about 1960’s childhood and intergenerational bonds to her highly acclaimed military publications, including Anzac Sons and award-winning Australia […]
The Holocaust: Budapest 1944 and A Child’s World: Sydney 2000 Could these two periods of time be more different? Can we look back and say we’ve learned from mistakes of the past and so built a new more tolerant world? What makes us human, defines both our capacity for great acts of charity, as well […]
featured image courtesy of WEN website The IWD theme for 2021 is ‘Choose to challenge’. The UN’s IWD theme is also “Women in Leadership: Achieving an equal future in a COVID-19 world”. When we caught up recently, my friend and fellow writer Sonia Bestulic asked me for what I was going to #choosetochallenge. I decided […]
Teena Raffa-Mulligan has been having fun with words for as long as she can remember. She discovered the wonderful world of storytelling as a child and decided to become a writer at an early age. Teena is the author of more than 20 books for children and many of her short stories and poems have […]
In this month of March I am out and about talking to some amazing women who are leading the way in their area and bringing new ideas and support to others. Today I am privileged to speak with Michelle Worthington who has not one but two sweet new picture books about little Mouse. The […]
Solo Dan by Teena Raffa-Mulligan and illustrated by Kym Langfield is a real surprise of a book. I was not sure what the story would be when I first read this gently portrayed account of a child’s journey towards family inclusion.
We’re welcoming our new children’s book, Rain Shaker, and our incredible eco-warrior Erin to the world. Erin wants to grow sunflowers for each of her family members, but there is a problem… There’s no RAIN! What will Erin do? Join us LIVE NOW in storytime to find out: Rain Shaker transports the reader […]
So as promised the second part of my look at one of Big Sky Publishing’s latest picture books – Chasing Rainbows; a sweet story about siblings trying to catch a rainbow and find that rainbow magic. During their journey, they find out a lot of things and discover something incredible. This time we will discover more […]
Chasing Rainbows is a story about siblings, Sam and Ruby, that asks children to look at the magic of rainbows in a different way. Sam and Ruby are extremely curious about rainbow magic. They have some unanswered questions. Are there pots of gold at the end, will they feel zingy if they touched one, do unicorns live on the top? Together they set out on a mission to find these answers…
It was the 18th March and I was in the middle of trying to sort out flights home from the UK before the borders closed in the height of the COVID-19 drama when I got an email from my illustrator Melissa Salvarani who wrote saying she’d finished writing a new book that talks about everyday situations in which we use our hands, everything we touch and the bacteria that live on the palms of the hands…
As a qualified teacher and a children’s author you would think that writing my own teacher’s notes for each of my books is second nature. Well yes and no. With my mind in many places
Robin has been in the music business forever! Ok for the most part of one of the most significant period in the era of pop music. You only have to check out this video clip to get an idea of how incredibly talented and well-respected this guy was and still is.