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A Desk at the Zoo

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My job as a children's author has taken me to some interesting places. I have had residencies in the Blue Mountains, Beijing and Ghana. This month I have a residency at the Melbourne Zoo.
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Hello from Sandy

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I'm proud of Australian authors and illustrators (and thrilled to be one of them). OKYAI is where you will find out about all the wonderful things my colleagues and friends do. www.samuraikids.com.au www.sandyfussell.com 

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Melina Marchetta, Schools and Citizenship address

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Days of being an author – is called crazy-good and up-for-air.  Madly frantic!!!!
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My Unforgettable Year

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Adem Besim is a young man in his early twenties who remembers the angst of the teen years and relates it well in his first book, My Unforgettable Year(Morris Publishing Australia).
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Playfest – How to Draw a Dragon

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On Saturday 22nd November, I will be teaching a Dragon drawing workshop at the Myer Music Bowl as part of Playfest.
Bring the kids along. It should be great fun.
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Fear - A natural part of life

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Halloween is over. You've washed off the fake blood and gore, packed away your cob webs and scoffed the last of your treats.
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Ten Things To Do With a Verse Novel

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On my recent trip to Sydney, I spoke to two groups of teacher-librarians about ways to use verse novels in schools. I promised at the time that I would put this list up  on my blog.
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Ebola, Lyssa, Hendra? Don’t believe everything you hear

Ebola, Lyssa, Hendra? Don’t believe everything you hear | OKYAI | Scoop.it
How are you enjoying the news at the moment? Sick of media beat up? ISIS, G20, Ebola Virus? Me too! My media filter is mostly pretty good, but sometimes … enough is enough.
Here’s what got me cranky.
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Talking dreams

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Hey cHEwY gum gums
Did you know that you have four to six dreams a night? I learnt this and many more facts at Southern Cross Uni’s Year 5 program, Unibound. It’s a wonderful initative to get kids thinking about their futures.
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Jackie French wins NSW Senior Australian of the Year

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Jackie French wins NSW Senior Australian of the Year Media release, 11 November 2014 The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) is thrilled to announce that author Jackie French is the finalist for the NSW Senior Australian of the Year...
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Laws of Magic Audiobooks!

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At last – The Laws of Magic is now appearing as audiobooks!
The fine people at Audible are turning the adventures of Aubrey, George, Caroline and Sophie into quality audio texts.
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Dear Santa

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I’m good (or at least not on the naughty list yet), how are you? Snowed under, I bet. So I thought you’d appreciate my wish list before this year buries us all under an avalanche of to-dos, not-dones, and oh-well-maybe-next-years.
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Celebrating a poetry picture book with Janeen Brian

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I love these guest posts.  there's nothing more magical than enjoying and helping to spread the word about children's poetry and today I have Janeen Brian with her new picture book of poems called: 'Our Village in the Sky', illustrated by Anne...
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I LOVE my writer friends – Deborah Abela and Kate Forsyth – launching books and getting an EGG!

I LOVE my writer friends – Deborah Abela and Kate Forsyth – launching books and getting an EGG! | OKYAI | Scoop.it
Fabulous kids at Stanmore Public School.
Fabulous teacher librarian -Jan
Fabulous chickens – I scored a fresh egg. (From the school’s community garden)  Thankyou chooks.
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Bookaroo Festival of Children’s Literature, New Delhi

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Tohby Riddle will be appearing at Bookaroo in New Delhi, India, 28–30 November 2014. The festival is being held at the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts.
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Studio Sale

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I have news. My studio is officially too small and it is time to make room for new work – especially as I am currently painting a whole new picture book as big oil paintings, and after that I’ll be working toward a big exhibition.
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My Life & Other Massive Mistakes

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Here's the cover for My Life & Other Massive Mistakes, my third book of semi-autobiographical, weird-funny-gross adventures starring Tom Weekly and illustrated by the one and only Gusto Gordon.
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Complexity of Elephants Have Wings -Inga Yandell

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WILDLIFE WARRIORS  http://wildlife-warriors.com/complexity-elephants/
Article: – As Christmas approaches children everywhere are writing Santa with their lists—but few I imagine, will be expecting an elephant with wings?
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Jackie French on Life Matters - Let the Land Speak

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Listen to Jackie French being interviewed by Natasha Mitchell on ABC Radio National's Life Matters. This show has been aired twice due to popular demand!
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Book signing at Dymocks Camberwell

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On Thursday November 20th I will be signing books at Dymocks Camberwell between 6pm and 8pm. Come along for a chat, a drink and some nibbles.
You can read more about the event HERE
 
 
 
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blog 73: In which I look back over October.

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In a recent blog I out-lined some of my high, as well as a number of my medium-to-low, lights of July, August and September this year. But that wasn’t the end of it. Ooooooooooooh no.
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Flat Buddy connects with KIDS

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Flat Buddy meets Karen Tyrrell author
YAY! Flat Buddy toured Brisbane Australia connecting with classrooms and children with disabilities.
How did Flat Buddy’s Tour come about?
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Happy-sad

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When I’m asked why I write sad books, I often reply that I don’t:  I write happy books with sad things in them, and I believe that.
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Poems that Make Me Tingle #3

When I was a child, we had a set of World Book Encyclopaedias which had a matching set of books for children, called Childcraft,   about all kinds of things.
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Sea Hearts and The Night Guest win the Barbara Jefferis Award

Sea Hearts and The Night Guest win the Barbara Jefferis Award | OKYAI | Scoop.it
I'm really pleased to announce that Sea Hearts is joint winner, with Fiona McFarlane's The Night Guest, of the Barbara Jefferis Award for "the best novel written by an Australian Author that depicts women and girls in a positive way or otherwise...
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The Book I Wish I'd Written

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Several years ago, I started to think about a book I wanted to write. I wanted to set it in the marshes, that misty halfway territory, half-land, half-water; at the edges of things, with stretches of beach and sky, and mud and water.
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