Author Archives: Diane Tulloch

About Diane Tulloch

Known also as the Patientdreamer I am a writer who loves to dream, and is passionate about writing stories for the young so that they may join me in the wonders of adventure in countries and cultures afar, and in special moments to remember.

Oh, Guilty Heart! – The 4th Annual Valentiny Writing Contest!

Yep it’s that wonderful time of year.  When hearts are a fluttering, love is in the air and someone somewhere is holding an expensive bunch of red roses and a delicious box of chocolates.  (Well I can only hope)  It’s Susanna … Continue reading

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Anticipating the Sydney SCBWI Conference 2019 and a dear Kidlit friend, Vivian Kirkfield’s Adventures down-under!

There is nothing like a conference to bring people from around the world together, and Sydney’s SCBWI Conference in two weeks is no different. While some will come from countries where they are still shovelling snow in 6degC or 42F … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

  When You’re Going to the Moon Written by : Sasha Beekman Illustrated by: Vivienne To Published by:  Affirm Press, Melbourne, Australia Ages:   3 – 7 years Theme: dreams, reaching for the stars. Courage, joy of adventure Opening Lines: There’s … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

A T-Wit for a T-Woo Written by : Charlie Farley Illustrated by: Layn Marlow Published by:  Orchard Books, April 2018 Ages:   3 – 5 years Theme: friendship, self-belief Opening Lines: There once was an owl who lived in a wood, … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” Friday

Happy Multicultural Children’s Book Day everyone!   And since I have a lovely writing buddy due to visit me in a months time, all the way from a New England village in the USA,  I thought I would share a tongue-in-cheek story about … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Lena’s Shoes are Nervous – a first day of school dilemma Written by: Keith Calabrese Illustrated by: Juana Medina Published by: Atheneum Books for Young Readers Ages:   4 – 8 years Theme: Bravery, empowerment, fear Opening Lines: Today is a … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Yay!  Perfect Picture Book is back and boy do I have some treats in store for you this year….. The lines on Nana’s face Written and Illustrated by: Simona Ciraolo Published by: Flying Eye Books October 2016 Ages:   3 – … Continue reading

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RENOWNED AMERICAN AUTHOR/ILLUSTRATOR ROSEMARY WELLS ARRIVES IN NZ

After arriving earlier in the day to a rather wet Auckland , renowned Author/Illustrator Rosemary Wells in an informal get together spoke to our NZ SCBWI group at The Dorothy Butler Children’s Bookshop last night.to share her wisdom and tips on her craft.  … Continue reading

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THE DIAMOND & THE BOY: Thirteen Different Openings

I’m so proud to introduce the author of The Diamond and The Boy, Hannah Holt. A dear friend and critique buddy for the past seven years I have come to know Hannah never does things by halves. Many of you … Continue reading

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The Diamond and The Boy – by Hannah Holt – Book Review

  Written by:   Hannah Holt Illustrated by: Jay Fleck Published by:  Balzer + Bray (October 2, 2018 Ages:   4 – 8 years Theme: Pressure, Perseverance Synopsis:  Told in a unique dual-narrative format, The Diamond and the Boy follows the stories … Continue reading

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