When writing children’s picture books, I fell in love with my protagonist Jasmine, who is splendidly graphic with her thick black hair. Her name kept changing depending on the story but to no avail as she didn’t get published. I am going to post different images of Jasmine to see if she gets liked. I might still try to get her published. Here, Jasmine is getting a little help packing for a move. Please check out her two books in my Gallery.
This is the front cover of my picture book, FUDDLEY DUDDLEY MAKES FRIENDS, about a yorkie (inspired by my dog Henry) meeting birds and bugs in his garden. I believe children are fascinated by bugs, so I keep adding them to my books.
As a child I remember the thrill of receiving a magazine or gift through the mail. BookWormz is a brand new company that posts enchanting boxes of books and a carefully selected gift to add to the excitement. http://www.bookwormz.com.au/subscribe/
Each box contains a minimum of two expertly curated, age-appropriate books your child will love. BookWormz works closely with all key children’s book publishers in Australia to make sure they select the best books for their boxes and, because they select new titles, they minimize the chance of sending you something you already own and love.
Each box will fill your child with as much excitement as possible when they receive their box. As well as their brand new books to read and keep, they will also find a carefully selected gift, designed to spark their creativity. BookWormz also packs each box with materials to take part in their monthly coloring competition, as well as a parent card with activities and literacy tips related to each book, to help you get the most from reading aloud to your child.
This month, I have had the pleasure of contributing the image for the coloring competition. Please check out my site for my other illustrations in my gallery.
I DON’T WANT TO BE A FROG is a laugh aloud book about the fact that we are who we are meant to be. Dev Petty writes it in simple dialogue with colorful illustrations by Mike Boldt. The book has been a huge success, and now Dev is coming out with the sequel.
I DON’T WANT TO BE BIG will be out in October 2016. I am sure this book will also be laugh aloud as it is written and illustrated by the same team. The story grapples with the caveats of growing up and how growing bigger fits into the big picture of change and responsibility.
If you are looking for the best online critique group—look no further! Inked Voices is the brainchild of Brooke McIntyre who is also a writer.
I have been a member of Inked Voices for a few years and am part of two groups. I am always astonished at how well the members in my groups write and how helpful their critiques are. Posting writing for a critique can be intimidating but not if at Inked Voices. It is private, friendly and one feels part of a community. The groups cover every type of writing. If you don’t see what you want, you can form your own group. This is a fabulous way to get back to writing while continuing with your busy life.
On Inked Voices, people will get personal help matching with a group (Brooke just created a page about this: https://www.inkedvoices.com/matching-with-a-writing-group/) People can create a group with their friends and keep it private, or get help recruiting like-minded writers. As members, they can join/start one or more groups. Lectures on craft are also included with people’s membership.