March News Round-Up: Raising Readers by Megan Daley and Book Links Romancing the Stars


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This morning, I was extremely excited to receive two copies of Raising Readersa fantastic new resource for parents, teachers and anyone interesting in helping children love books (which should be all of us). The book is written by Megan Daley, known to many as the brains behind the successful children’s literature blog, Children’s Books Daily; and I was thrilled to be asked to write a small piece for it on helping children grow up reading poetry. (If you’ve read the introduction to A Boat of Stars, you will know this is something I feel particularly passionate about.) Raising Readers is full of practical, specific and informed advice which will encourage even the most timid parent to get reading with their children.

Raising Readers is published by University of Queensland Press, and will be available from 2nd April, 2019. There is also going to be a launch for the book at St Aidan’s School on 4th April (which I will most certainly be attending). You can find out more about the book and the launch on Children’s Books Daily.


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Also coming up very soon is Romancing the Starsa popular event from Book Links Qld. Every year around this time, Book Links Qld hosts a series of what organiser, Jenny Stubbs, calls “literary speed-dating” events with groups of  children’s authors and illustrators, all eager to meet readers and answer questions about their books.

This year, I will be appearing at the Brisbane event on Friday 15th March from 6.00-9.30pm, at St Joseph’s College, 2199 Sandgate Road, Nudgee. 

I’ve greatly enjoyed attending previous Romancing the Stars events and talking about my most recent books The Magic Bookshop and A Boat of Stars (books will be available for purchase at the event if you would like them autographed). For bookings, and a full list of the authors and illustrators who will  be attending, visit the Book Links Qld website.


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