You come across all sorts of interesting things at school fetes: food, handicrafts, books, even writers! Toula Papadam used the opportunity to promote her picture book … and I used the opportunity to hustle an interview. I’m grateful to her for agreeing to share the highs and lows of her self-publishing journey. 1. Can you …

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 What do you get if you mix a time slip adventure with five environmentally aware young girls? The Australian Girl series, published by Wombat Books. The series was inspired by a range of beautiful dolls created by Helen Schofield. Each doll has a distinct personality and background, perfect for make-believe and storytelling: http://www.australiangirldoll.com.au/ Annabelle and …

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 Mystical settings, powerful crystals, giant spiders and feisty elves – what more could a kid ask for? Children aged 10 and over will find all these magical marvels plus more in the recently launched Bethloria series. The first volume, Firelight of Heaven, introduces the two main characters, orphaned brothers Robbie and Dougray. We know little …

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I’m a great fan of fantasy novels, and I was lucky enough to come across Lizbeth Klein, author of the Bethloria series. With a background in teaching, Lizbeth is well placed to know exactly what fascinates children. She’s also an experienced writing tutor, and has mentored several children through the writing of their own works. …

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As a mother and a writer, I love it when I see kids absorbed in books. When my children were in their early school years, I used to provide reading help in the classroom. It was an amazing experience, seeing the light dawning in kids’ eyes when it all suddenly seemed to click! For those …

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