Category Archives: Literature


Hi everyone.   Here are the final videos and pics of Vivian’s adventures down-under. It’s taken me awhile to sift through the hundreds of videos and pictures.  In Vivian’s last week here after the SCBWI meeting we drove up the Waitakere … Continue reading

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Hi everyone, welcome  to the first instalment following Vivian on her travels to Australia and New Zealand. I promised to post videos and pictures and I’ve decided to leave the videos till I’m at home or at least post in … 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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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 share her wisdom and tips on her craft.  … Continue reading

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Webinars and a SCBWI Conference coming up!

Hi folks, Sorry I’ve been absent from my post here.  Perfect Picture Book Friday is on a Northern Summer vacation and I had an operation that put me out of action for a few weeks.  Never fear all is good and … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

I thought it was about time I reviewed and shared another lovely kiwi picture book. This is true kiwi fun. A Hippo Lives in Havelock Written by: Brett Avison Illustrated by: Scott Tulloch Published by: David Bateman Ltd, New Zealand … Continue reading

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Write a story in 50 Precious Words

Hi everyone, There is a contest going on over at my dear writing friends blog – Picture Books help Kids Soar. Writing a story using 50 precious words.  Hurray along to her blog and check out what you need to do … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

Yay!!!   So Perfect Picture Book weekly postings on the lovely Susanna Leonard Hill’s blog is back in full swing and I so love joining the others and meeting up with new bloggers and enjoying their Picture Book choices.   Yeah I … Continue reading

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Quincy and Buck

Welcome to another World of Ink Blog Hop…..  Author: Camille Matthews Illustrator: Michelle Black Publisher: Pathfinder Equine Publications (March 15, 2014) ISBN-10: 0981924042 ISBN-13: 978-0981924045 Ages: 5 – 7 years,   Kindergarten – 2 Book Series:   Quincy the Horse Books Theme:   Bullying, … Continue reading

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“Perfect Picture Book” – Friday

No English Written by: Jacqueline Jules Illustrated by: Amy Huntington Published by: Mitten Press, Imprint of Ann Arbor Media Group LLC 2007 Ages: 5 – 10 years Theme:   cross-culture friendship, misunderstanding Opening sentence: “No English,” the new girl said, shaking … Continue reading

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