Friday, August 31, 2012

The Bushland Lullaby Blog Tour...

Bushland Lullaby is here!

Hello and welcome to the Bushland Lullaby blog tour. I am delighted with my new picture book - or should I say, with OUR new picture book, since illustrator Lisa Stewart's work is a good part of the charm. This is a lap-book - ideal for bedtime reading. The pictures are in soft pastel and each shows a dream-like image of a bush baby going to sleep. Bushland Lullaby is a rhyming picture book, and falls into a gentle rhythm when read aloud.

Below are details about the book, and the associated contest. Blog-tour venues will be added very soon.

Asleep in a gently snoozing ball
 Little possum's soft and small. 

Author(s)Sally Odgers
PublisherScholastic Australia
Date of Publication01/09/2012



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Writing a Picture Book Text
Finding Farholt
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Tour dates:

Spinning Pearls 1/09/2012   (

Writing for Children with Peter Taylor 3/09/2012

From Hook to Book with Chris Bell 7/09/2012(

Kids' Book Reviews with Tania McCartney 8/09/2012

Reading and Writing with Dale Harcombe 12/09/2012

School Magazine with Jackie Hosking 18/09/2012

Writing Children's Books with Robyn Opie Parnell 23/09/2012

Angela Sunde at on 02/10/2012

Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Year With Marmalade

Today I have Alison Reynolds visiting at Spinning Pearls as part of her tour with her amazing picture book A Year With Marmalade.

Hi Sally! Thank you for inviting me to the lovely Spinning Pearls.

I was wondering why picture books are such a popular genre to write. My publisher asked me to write a picture book with a background of the seasons and A Year with Marmalade emerged. But could I have written it as a chapter book? I don’t think it would have worked half as well. The juxtaposition between the words and illustrations is half the music.

5 Reasons to write picture books

  1. They’re short. BUT this does not mean they are easy to write. Mem Fox took 2 years to write the 487 words of Koala Lou.
  2. You can achieve a clarity and simplicity that is hard to maintain over a longer piece of work.
  3. They can look and feel fabulous. I love the textured trunk on the cover of A Year with Marmalade. Many picture books are actual works of art.
  4. It’s fascinating to have an illustrator interpret/add to your story.
  5. Both small and big children love them. For many of us, picture books are our first exposure to literature. Picture books are fun!

Do any other writers out there like to write picture books? Why?

Thanks for hosting the A Year with Marmalade tour, Sally.

Looking forward to seeing your new work Bushland Lullaby soon!
Thanks, Alison... Now, see below for a competition and the other stops in the blog tour.
Marmalade’s personality really shines through in Alison Reynolds and Heath McKenzie's newest picture book A Year with Marmalade. Share your favourite picture showing your cat's personality to win.
The winner will receive a signed copy of A Year with Marmalade and a copy of the picture book Lighty Faust the Lion, a book about a much bigger cat.
Share your favourite picture of your cat by uploading it to author Alison Reynolds’ Facebook page at or email it to Alison as a low res jpeg file at and she’ll upload it on her website
Entries close on the 1st of September
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Blog Tour
7th  August  Dee White
9th  August  Karen Tyrrell
11th August  Tania McCartney
13th August  Pass It On
14th August  Kathryn Apel
17th August  Dale Harcombe
20th August  Peter Taylor
22nd August  Susan Stephenson
23rd August  Robyn Opie Parnell
27th August  Sally Odgers
29th  August  Angela Sunde
31st August Chris Bell