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History Award

Look what arrived in the mail!

And the gold stickers too!

Very exciting!

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Fox and Moonbeam

Today is the official release date for Fox and Moonbeam written by Aleesah Darlingson, published by Wombat Books (Yay! Buy Australian!) and illustrated by me! I worked on the illustrations for 18 months, so it’s very exciting to have the finished product. The very first signed copy went to my mum (pictured) who has dementia and still loves children’s books and all creative things.

About Fox and Moonbeam:

It is Victorian England and Gerard Fox winds clocks for the queen. His lowly status means he lives in a world forever surrounded by shadows. Mademoiselle Moonbeam Lapin is a famous ballerina. She lives in the golden glow of stage lights. When Moonbeam offers Fox her friendship, both of their worlds are transformed forever. Beautifully written and lavishly illustrated, Fox and Moonbeam is an enchanting tale of friendship, self-belief and finding the courage to step into the light.

You can buy Fox and Moonbeam from Wombat Books 

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Puppet Show at Morven Gardens

In August I had a wonderful time working on a puppet show with the residents from Morven Gardens. I held several puppet workshops and we made the puppets together and performed the show to students from Blackheath Public School!

Read the article at https://baptistcare.org.au/about-baptistcare/news/puppets-delight-students-at-baptistcare-morven-gardens/

A big thank you to BANC (Blackheath Area Neighbourhood Centre) for funding the project.

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Pirates and Pirate Bikies!

Ahoy me mateys!

In September I was Captain for our CBCA Blue Mountains Sub-branch Talk like a Pirate Day at Katoomba Library!

I held a pirate finger puppet workshop with our budding little pirates!narelda-joy

And I also became a Pirate Bikey…well temporarily when Biblio Turismo arrived for their library visit!   See more of them at http://biblio-turismo.blogspot.com.au

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Little Free Libraries Launch

Our fabulous Blue Mountains Sub-branch of the NSW branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia launched our first four Little Free Libraries yesterday at the Gingerbread House!

Little Free Libraries started in 2009 and there are now 36,00 worldwide. We want to encourage kids to read so we have filled ours with children’s books. We received a grant from author James Patterson in conjunction wth Megalong Books at Leura which has enabled us to set up four initial libraries. We hope to establish many more, up and down the mountains.

I designed the graphics for our Little Free Libraries which include our sub-branch logo, “Blue” the Blue Mountains Dragon, for easy recognition.

Head to https://littlefreelibrary.org/ for more information about this initiative .

Our  gorgeous little boxes with 100 books each have been installed at

The Gingerbread House – Katoomba

Rust n Timber – Lawson

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Gifts n Things – Leura

We are officially registered on the LFL world map!

Our first customer pictured here

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The lovely Scarlett (daughter of Jo) from Gifts n Things was our model

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Local MP Trish Doyle came to officially launch our initiative. 

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My logo design for the Blue Mountains sub-branch

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I got to hug a Gingerbread Man! A dream come true!

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Bridging the Generations

I’ve had a wonderful experience working with the children from Blackheath Public School.

Sheryl Cootes, the Assistant Principal, and Jo Davies from the Blackheath Community Centre, and I worked together on a play version of Wilfred Gorgon Patrick Mcdonald. In the book version the little boy helps an old lady find her memory.

Thirteen kids performed it on the 27th May to the residents at Morven Gardens – an aged care facility in the Blue Mountains of Australia.

Both young and old had a wonderful time and many memories were shared. Later in the year I’ll work with the residents and we will perform a reciprocal play for the children!

Here are some photos of  rehearsals in the school hall.

The children learnt how to walk and act like old people!

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Practising their dance for after the play!

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Performing the play at Morven Gardens

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Talking to the residents

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Sharing the joy and fun

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The residents all received a play program

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Pinerolo Open Day

On the 29th November I will be at Pinerolo Open Day!

I love Pinerolo and am so excited to have been invited.

Thanks Margaret Hamilton for inviting me!

I could sit for hours reading the rows and rows of children’s books,

admiring the beautiful original illustrations covering the walls,

and not to mention sitting in the beautiful garden.

I’ll be there to show you my work and answer questions, so come along and say hello!

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Aunty Arty illustrations receive 5 out of 5 stars!

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Thank you so much to Valerie Harmon for reviewing Aunty Arty on her blog Children’s Illustrated Picture e-Book Reviews.

Valerie rated my illustrations 5 starts out of 5, and says the illustrations are “Colourful, professional, and eye-catching”…. and “With a story loosely based on one of Giorgio de Chirico’s Metaphysical paintings, the illustrations are modern and unusual in a children’s book.”

Illustrator of the Week

I was lucky enough to be illustrator of the week in Australia’s Children’s Book Industry E-zine! Read more here … http://us9.campaign-archive2.com/?u=a3c66c5e50a1a11401c5c16a6&id=f19aa15b77&e=a70e485927

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