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NEWS: The REAL Awards shortlist 2016

NEWS: The REAL Awards shortlist 2016 | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Awards season has begun in the Australian publishing world, and, yesterday, I was thrilled to find out that The Mapmaker Chronicles: Race To The End Of The World is on the REAL Awards shortlist for 2016. This shortlist is created after thousands and thousands of kids nominate their favourite books of the year, so I am […]
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MAGRIT GETS SOME BRAG

MAGRIT GETS SOME BRAG | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
How's this for pretty? It's a brag sheet developed by Walker Books to remind you all that all the cool kids in town like Magrit and you should definitely get yourself a copy so everyone will think you're cool, too.I mean, really, you really should.
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Book Week 2016 Brisbane

Book Week 2016 Brisbane | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
I will be Invading Brisbane Book Week this year (Monday the 22nd to Friday the 26th of August). Demonstrating my approach to illustration, creating narratives, and visual literacy. I still have a few spots available for school talks, for Book Week bookings contact “Speakers Ink”. If you are interested in attending an illustration session for […]
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Please Welcome Milo: A Moving Story

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The latest book by Tohby Riddle is a 48-page picture book, Milo: a moving story, published by Allen & Unwin and released in Australia in April 2016. A whimsical little treatise on friendship, Milo… Continue reading →
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Poetry Friday: Joi, the Glug

Poetry Friday: Joi, the Glug | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
I love finding old anthologies and collections of poetry, and discovering what they offer as well as seeing what  children of the past were offered. I came across an anthology called This Land on ebay and just had to have it. When it came I was amazed to discover that it was the same age […]
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The Tower Beside the Bed (Ain't Gettin' Any Smaller)

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Image from Etsy; isn't it gorgeous? Apart from the mouseSo this was supposed to be the year when I made a serious assault on the Pile Beside the Bed. I made a secret vow: no buying any more books until I'd made my way through the ones that were already waiting! And here we are, well into April, and the Pile has been upgraded to the Tower, despite all my intentions to the contrary.
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Week 3-4 #STUBC16: Where I Want to Visit

Week 3-4 #STUBC16: Where I Want to Visit | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Week 3 of the Student Blogging Challenge is  free choice and Week 4 is “About Your World”. Some of my students are doing Activity 7 “The Place I Would Like to Visit Most”. That sounded like fun so I’ve joined in. Anyone who knows even a little... Continue reading
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Not a useful post, but a necessary one

Mr9 has taken up beat-boxing, with a vengeance. The boy who used to whistle (entire songs, in tune, at length) is now a whirling dervish of pops and squeaks, clicks and whirrs, with an occasional heavy bass sound just to drive his mother crazy  emphasise the true depth of his composition. In the way of most […]
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Teaching Tips: Using Do Not Forget Australia In the Classroom

Teaching Tips: Using Do Not Forget Australia In the Classroom | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
I had an email from a teacher named Hillary  who asked the following: Just purchased ‘Do Not Forget Australia‘ to read to my yr 2/3 class . I was hoping to pick your brains about the best way to help the children relate to the story.  Their world view is not broad so I am […]
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Jervis Bay Arts Festival: Sea Change

Jervis Bay Arts Festival: Sea Change | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
My next appearance will be at Jervis Bay (Huskisson) on the 4th of June, 2 – 4pm presenting at the ‘Seachange’ festival.   For more details or information on other events at the festival please refer to the festival website, http://www.seechangefestival.org.au.
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Summer Skin by Kirsty Eagar

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*At the Melbourne launch, Kirsty mentioned the title of the novel being from Death Cab For Cutie's Summer Skin. (Which I love. I was quite the Death Cab For Cutie fan when I was seventeen.) Why not listen to it while you read my review?
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a beautiful discipline

a beautiful discipline | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Today I said to Himself, 'Himself, I feel like writing a blog post. But I've got nothing to say.' 
Himself said, 'You've never let that stop you before.'
This got me thinking, dear reader. Why do I plug on with Baxter Street? What's it all about? I mean, really? 
A friend recently pointed out that I have too many plates spinning. What with the book writin' and the teachin' and the girl and duck
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Picture Books for Reluctant Readers: Picture Book Spotlight: Football

Picture Books for Reluctant Readers: Picture Book Spotlight: Football | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Books for reluctant readers who love football
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Allow me to reintroduce myself…

Allow me to reintroduce myself… | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Hey ya! In 2 months time, The Other Christy will be out on bookshelves. I’m thrilled to be back on the shelves, after a little cool diversion in bringing out a book in the Stuff Happens series. I mean, Ethan is still a beloved book for me, but The Other Christy is really the next cHEwY […]
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The (Not-So) Accidental Aurealis

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Last week two things happened: i) This shiny trophy arrived in the post! A Single Stone won the Best Children’s Fiction category of the 2015 Aurealis Awards. This was a mighty fine thing and I’m very grateful to everyone involved. ii) I was featured in The Australian Writers Centre’s “So You Want to be a […]
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Tohby Riddle at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2016

Tohby Riddle at Sydney Writers’ Festival 2016 | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Tohby Riddle will be presenting “The Art of Grammar”, a talk about the making of his visual information book The Greatest Gatsby: A visual book of grammar, as part of the Schools Days of the 2016… Continue reading →
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Right story, wrong format. Why it’s important to be true to the story.

Right story, wrong format. Why it’s important to be true to the story. | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Today in my morning pages I had an ah-ha moment. Man, it had been a long time coming. Sometimes I’m astonished by how blinkered I can be. But once I had the realisation, I thought, I have to share this with the duckettes! And while we’re at it, for those of you who haven’t heard me quack about morning… More Right story, wrong format. Why it’s important to be true to the story.
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Lull

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Lisa-Marie KerrSometimes, we all need a lull. A period of less frenzied activity. A time of creative connection without the pressure of production.More time to ponder, less time to do.More time to wander, less time to rue.I've spent the last month in a state of Lull. At a slower pace. 
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#FicFest Promotional Blog Tour: Aussie Aussie Aussie!

#FicFest Promotional Blog Tour: Aussie Aussie Aussie! | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
#FicFest is an online writer’s contest which helps put manuscripts in front of literary agents. This contest, unlike most, is open to manuscripts in ALL genres (including those usually excluded such as Paranormal Romance or Erotica) in the categories of Picture Book, Middle Grade, Young Adult, New Adult, and Adult.
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Festival Fun

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As you may know from previous posts, I love getting out and about and talking about books and writing and reading and poetry to audiences of all ages. So, I really enjoyed my two most recent festival visits – even though I’ve been so busy festivalling and catching up in between that I haven’t blogged […]
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Hello studio, hello birds, hello autumn.

Hello studio, hello birds, hello autumn. | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
It’s the second week of the school holidays and I’m back in the studio today after a busy week with the family. The boys are visiting with their grandparents in the country all this week. And I have no work to show you yet, so I thought I’d just say hi. I really love the autumn in […]
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blog 89: In which I say ‘see ya’ to February and March.

blog 89: In which I say ‘see ya’ to February and March. | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
Well somehow we’ve arrived at April so here are some things that have happened in the two months since I returned from my three weeks in China in January. (see blog 87 and blog 88 for details re China) I’ve had … Continue reading →
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Ten literary devices. Or how to zhoosh up your creative writing.

Sit up straight. Eyes and ears facing forward, please. The teacher is IN. The following is a list of basic literary devices. Literary devices? I know! It sounds impressive. Sorry if you feel like you’re back at school. But sometimes we forget about this stuff and I do think it’s worth revisiting. You could also think… More Ten literary devices. Or how to zhoosh up your creative writing.
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Soapy Sid – A Pirate Poem

Soapy Sid – A Pirate Poem | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
I'm drawing on a favourite poem from the archives for today's Poetry Friday post. This was in fact my first paid publication, when it was printed in Pearson Education's Comet Magazine; Issue 3 2006. I've had a class perform it at the Eisteddfod - something they did exceedingly well. Needless to say, there are many wonderful…
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Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: My Life & Other Exploding Chickens Game

Tristan Bancks | Australian Children's & Teen Author | Kids' & YA Books: My Life & Other Exploding Chickens Game | Read Write Draw | Scoop.it
RT @tristanbancks: Gamifying Kids’ Books. Try my new Exploding Chickens game https://t.co/kIja9gbDtQ #kidlit #transmedia #edutech #kids htt…
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