Koalas and books

Last week I visited a local kinder to share Koala with the Koala kinder group in the sunshine of the park. Weather was perfect and the children had made gumleaf crowns and were generally totally immersed in the outdoors. They regularly visit the park which abuts their kinder – how brilliant is that?


I’ve been in Sydney this week, tripping about with wonderful illustrator Julie Vivas, sharing Koala with children and adults, both in person and on radio. What a treat! After Sue Whiting led a celebration of the release of Koala (including singing Happy Birthday) Julie ran a koala-drawing workshop at Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft, then a stone-painting activity for some very enthusiastic preschoolers.


IT begins


Story stones




All her own work. Love it!

I’ve also had the opportunity to talk about why I think it’s important to share Australian stories with Australian children. The impacts can be far-reaching. I have also been guest blogger here

Book Week … ah … month?

I love Book Week. I love it even more when it’s extended over more than a week. This year my ‘Book Week’ began in late July and continues until mid-September.


First port of call was PNG, Oro Province where four writers and illustrators were lucky enough to be able to visit a range of schools from elementary (village-based) schools to secondary day and boarding schools.

Bonuses (as if we needed more):

1 x astronaut

1 x medical team determined to reduce/eradicate TB

1 x tiny frog

1 x water diviner (and yes we all tried it and yes we all found water)

1 x visit to Kokoda Trail (walked a few metres in … does that count?)

We had multiple ‘oh my’ moments, from the size of some of our groups, through incredible welcomes, odd food experiences (curried duck balls anyone?), and brilliant company.

Return to Melbourne was a rude (cold) awakening but my first dog walk affirmed the approach of Spring.

Then there was ‘Love Your Bookshop Day’ on Saturday. I visited both my local bookshops, Younger Sun in Yarraville and Book and Paper in Williamstown to join their celebrations.

Roll on Book Week!