This happened, today. Woo-hoo! Doing my celebratory jig. I'm over the moon to be working again with Anouska Jones and the wonderful team at EK Books. This time round, I've been teamed up with another wonderful illustrator Cara King. I'm still smiling :-)
To mark the publication of my new picture book Ella Saw the Tree, I'm throwing a 'Blog Tour Party' and you are all invited.
The blog tour will feature some of our favourite blog sites and fellow authors.
Sad but good news.
Sadly, Dragon Tales Publishing have closed their doors and will no longer publish my picture book Eric Finds His Way :-(
However, the GOOD news is that my picture book has found a new home with another publisher – WOO-HOO! The revised story, retitled Eric Finds A Way, will be published by the wonderful team at Wombat Books :-)
Oh and DOUBLY GOOD news, Ann-Marie Finn will continue to illustrate the book – yay!
HAPPY end to a sad story.
And so, today, I’m excited to celebrate the new cover reveal for Eric Finds A Way. You can pre-order your copy right here: https://www.wombatbooks.com.au/index.php/eric-finds-a-way
MORE GOOD NEWS!
I’m thrilled to reveal the cover of my next picture book. Out May, 2017. Ella Saw the Tree is a story about being mindful and living in the moment. The book is beautifully illustrated by Cheri Hughes and published by the wonderful team at Big Sky Publishing. You can pre-order your copy right here: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/Ella-Saw-the-Tree-HB/1172/productview.aspx
EXCITED that I’ve just signed a picture book contract with Little Pink Dog Books – Woo-hoo!! Nothing beats that feeling when a new picture book contract arrives, whether it’s the first or the eighth.
#LittlePinkDogBooks is a new Australian independent publisher based in Armidale specialising in picture books for children. I’m thrilled that my picture book 'Bigger Than Yesterday, Smaller Than Tomorrow' will be included on their new publication list. Little Pink Dog Books website:https://littlepinkdogbooks.com/ and Facebook:https://www.facebook.com/LittlePinkDogBooks/
The book will be illustrated by the very talented Kathy Creamer who has illustrated a number of picture books for children. I’m over the moon to be teamed up with Kathy on this wonderful project. Her work is exceptional:https://kathycreamer.com/
Thank you Peter and Kathy. Let the fun times begin!
Thrilled to reveal the covers of my new picture books due out later this year.
First is 'Jack and Mia' with the very talented Claire Richards and Wombat Books out October, 2016.
Jack and Mia are best friends. They stick together like paper and glue. Then the unthinkable happens... Mia's family has to move away. How can they prove that distance is no barrier to friendship? A heartwarming story about loneliness, acceptance and the separation of close friends.
Second one is 'Eric Finds His Way' with Ann-Marie Finn and Dragon Tales Publishing.
Eric desperately wants to be an artist like his dad, but he's convinced he’s no good at drawing or writing. After many failed attempts, Eric perseveres and finds his own way to express his imagination. 'Eric Finds His Way' is a story about self acceptance and individuality. It has an important message to believe in the ability to think creatively.
Thanks to @chris Ilsley @radio6PR for the interview last night. Loved chatting about my new picture book 'Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville'. Listen to the full interview below.
What treasures are buried in Bunnyville?
Kids might be the toughest book critics out there, but it's a challenge that Australian author Robert Vescio loves to take on.
His new book, Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville, was inspired by a childhood spent in the garden and explores environmental themes.
"While it may seem difficult to make a difference, I wanted to write a story that demonstrated how one person's positive encounter with nature can make a difference for other's to enjoy," he told 6PR's Chris Ilsley.
Listen to the full interview below, and pick up a copy of the book via Big Sky Publishing.
Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville Book Tour update…
I’m visiting schools again to promote my new picture book. So far, I’ve visited three schools and the response has been overwhelming. I was also asked to conduct workshops with Years 3 and 5, in the lead up to NAPLAN next week.
It was wonderful to hear that Marlo Can Fly was still a favourite amongst the children. At one school, both my picture books No Matter Who We’re With and Marlo Can Fly were both checked out – yay! Also, at another school, a teacher asked her students to name their favourite picture book. I was chuffed to hear that No Matter Who We’re With was a favourite with one of her students. I actually blushed! The student said that it struck a chord with him.
It just goes to show how books can have a real impact on someone’s life. They can touch or move a person in such a way that nothing else can. We as authors have the power to create a wonderful experience for our readers. By expressing ideas and emotions in simple ways, we can make a book memorable. It’s great to know I’m creating fans with my books.
Thank you to all the wonderful children and teachers for their warm welcome. And I look forward to returning again in sharing many more stories with you all.
Pre-order your copy of Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville: http://www.bigskypublishing.com.au/Books/Children/Barnaby-and-the-Lost-Treasure-of-Bunnyville-HB/1145/productview.aspx
Good news! Australian based company Seedsticks Pty Ltd is supporting my new picture book Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville – YAY!!
Seedsticks are an innovative, easy and fun way to plant and grow seeds. Proudly Australian made, using biodegradable glues and recycled boards, it is an award winning, eco-friendly product. With the seedsticks bookmark, the perforated crease allows for easy removal of the seedsticks for planting whilst keeping the decorative and informative bookmark. Thanks Seedsticks!
Seedsticks are a great fundraising idea, too. Sow your support for healthy rewards by raising funds for your school or organisation with a range of herb and vegetable Seedsticks. With Seedsticks you get healthy rewards! Growing seeds has never been easier. Tear it, plant it, water it!
As a writer of picture books, I put myself out there in a way to help children deal with changes in their lives and to better understand their world and relationships. Here are my reasons why I love picture books:
1. Picture books introduce the concept of reading by allowing children to focus on the images and create a story in their minds, even if they can't read yet.
2. Picture books encourage children to be better listeners.
3. The read-aloud experience helps children to interact with the book.
4. The illustrations in the book helps children to connect with how they think through words.
5. Picture books introduce children to art and interact with the characters emotions.
6. Picture books help children to increase their vocabulary.
7. Picture books help children to read and in turn become writers.
8. Picture books encourage the joy of reading.
9. Picture books invite engagement - a connection. They support an adult-child conversation.
10. The pictures help initiate a discussion with children and express their feelings.
Remember, a book is like a friend - they can give you a comforting message that you are never alone.
AVAILABLE JUNE 2016
ALSO AVAILABLE IN PAPERBACK
Something VERY valuable is buried in Bunnyville and it’s right under the bunnies’ little pink noses!Barnaby is a bunny with big ideas and plans to make Bunnyville a better place. Barnaby wants a garden, but the mayor won’t agree, ‘Bunnies don’t plant, Bunnies dig!’
Barnaby refuses to give up and comes up with a clever plan to help the other bunnies discover where the real treasure is kept!
Written by Robert Vescio and beautifully illustrated by Cheri Hughes, Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville is a story to remind us of the true value of our earth and celebrate the gifts it produces. Set in a fictional town of Bunnyville this easy to read story showcases through beautiful illustrations and a sense of fun how simple ideas can have a big impact when it comes to helping our environment.
National Tree Day promoted by Planet Ark is recognised by schools and kindergartens nationally. Sunday, 31 July 2016 - National Tree Day. Friday, 29 July 2016 - Schools Tree Day.
‘Barnaby dreams of making the earth productive … may his dreams come true for his readers.’ - Sally Odgers, Author
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