When I read Steven Piersanti article The 10 Awful Truths about Book Publishing I was exhilarated with the insight that ‘the book publishing world is in a never-ending state of turmoil’. In my mind, this gives rise to potential for anyone to enter the market, simply because the traditional rule-book has been thrown out, and there is scope for authors to explore the market and make decisions that work FOR them rather than FOR the market...
We made mention in our latest newsletter of the release of the 2014 titles for the Jetstar inflight entertainment offering. We talk about this association with a breezy casualness now, yet we remain TICKLED PINK the association with these amazing literacy advocates is so strong and enduring! What started as a stuttering phone call has proven to be one of our amazing tools in convincing our Child Writes authors their books are indeed amazing. ..
It may seem nonsensical to put our latest media moment first... but, it says it all really! It has indeed been a top year for Child Writes and the support we have received from media outlets around the country has been outstanding. We are desperate to put the program in to the hands of children who need it most, and this support ensures we move ever so slowly towards that goal x Thank you to the powers that be for getting the word out there! ..
It is with pleasure we announce the winners of the 2014 Child Writes Competition.
Overall Winner – Writing Category
Jayde Rumoro – St Monica’s Primary School, Moonee Ponds, Victoria
Overall Winner – Illustration Category
Abby Johnstone – Balgowlah Heights Public School, New South Wales
Jayde’s entry starts, ‘Ava sighed as she looked out the window. The sky was a deep blue, like a huge piece of velvet. Ava wished for freedom. She wished to touch the cotton candy clouds and to let her dainty feet feel the lush grass…’ Jayde’s use of analogy and her economy of words allows the reader to use their own bias to interpret the story.
Abby is a natural illustrator, demonstrating a wonderfully instinctive flair for page design. Her highly stylised creations will be a perfect match to Jayde’s whimsical and melodic story telling…
Sophie Stone, NSW
Keagan Wallace, SA
Bailey Frampton, QLD
Felix Canning, NSW
Escha Leon, ACT
Tristan Robertson, WA
Mia Francis, NSW
Escha Leon, ACT
The children acknowledged as receiving a Highly Commended will receive a certificate and a copy of ‘Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture Book is Child’s Play’.
The children who were acknowledged as Special Commendation were inspiring as they entered both categories and effectively submitted a dummy rough (or a mock picture book manuscript). They will also receive a certificate and a copy of the Child Writes book.
Whilst we have your attention… We wanted to acknowledge two particularly supportive literacy champions – Lindy Chester, Balgowlah Heights Public School and Tom Kibble, Dernancourt School. Knowing that teachers like these two support our children is wonderful and please accept this as a ‘thank you thank you thank you’.
In the January holidays (2014) I worked with a group of 13 children, guiding them to create a children's picture book. We had a specific brief and we had a a very tight timeline - just three days! The Condamine Alliance 'works with our community to repair and conserve our environment in the Condamine catchment. Our aim is to protect people, water, land and wildlife for future generations.' ..
We have a predilection to helping our children learn the most amazing gamete of skills and often the journey starts with an interest at home before you even begin to look to add to the richness of their education with extra-curricular activities. If you are passionate about literacy and about children creating their own book(s!) this may be the ideal way to kick-start the project. ..
I don't know about you, but when I looked at my diary this morning, I nearly fell off my chair. MARCH... how did we get to MARCH! I feel as though you are standing there, looking into a void (where my blogs should have been!) and just as you are about to turn away... charge.... agghhhhhh.... Here I come! ..