Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Kids Book Swap is this Friday

The last Friday of the month is coming up and we are baking cakes.

Come along to the Kids Book Swap this week featuring Totally Twins author Aleesah Darlison and illustrator Serena Geddes.

They will be giving out free "Perse Rocks" badges so dont miss out.

Aleesah and Serena will be talking about their cool new series. You can ask questions, eat cake and watch Serena weave her illustration magic.
See you there!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Party time on the northern beaches

Aleesah Darlison and Serena Geddes have been having a grand old time launching their new series Totally Twins.

Girls and parents proudly wore Perse Rocks badges. Dynamic duo Aleesah and Serena delighted their audience with stories of twins. Serena demonstrated her terrific skill as an illustrator by drawing  quirky characters for the kids.

Many thanks to our lovely host Maria from Berkelouw at Balgaowlah.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Aleesah Darlison and Serena Geddes celebrate their success with fellow authors and illustrators

Aleesah Darlison and Serena Geddes have been busily promoting their new book this week. Musical Mayhem is the first book in the fabulous new Totally Twins series.

It has been a big year for both Aleesah and Serena, marking their successful foray into the world of children's books.

Tonight they will be celebrating their success with fellow authors and illustrators at the SCBWI conference. Marc McEvoy, The Books Editor at The Sun-Herald will be launching Musical Mayhem during the pre-dinner drinks at the conference.

5.30pm tonight at The Hughenden, Woollahra.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Manly Arts Festival is the place to be this weekend

Aleesah Darlison and Serena Geddes will be entertaining kids with their delightful new stories tomorrow morning at Manly Library at 10am. Come along and join in the fun!

On Sunday 12th September Aleesah and Serena will be talking about their new super cool series, Totally Twins. Serena will show you how to draw fabulous new characters, mini-manicures will be on offer and you will take home your very own goody bag. Sound cool? See you there.

Monday, September 6, 2010

CYA conference

From Four on the Floor we moved on to the CYA conference run by the lovely Tina and Ally.

Aleesah Darlison discussed her recent success with delegates - from unknown to published children's author. She also held several workshops for kids and launched her new book Musical Mayhem, the first book in the Totally Twins series.

Peter Carnavas ran an illustration workshop for the enthusiastic kids attending the Hatchlings day on Sunday.

Thanks to Tina and Ally for organising such an informative and fun conference.

Hello Brisbane

We have just returned from a fun-filled weekend in Brisbane.

Stephanie opened up her beautiful bookshop and cafe for us. Black Cat Books and Cafe is an idyllic bookshop full of treasures.

Stephanie was a welcoming host for the Four on the Floor event; which was held outside on the beautifully decorated verandah.

40 children attended the evening and were delighted with cartooning demonstrations, humour, and fun facts about puggles, twins and ponytails.

Peter Carnavas shared his latest books with the kids and even gave them a sneak preview of his upcoming title Last Tree in the City. It will be published on the 1st October.

Aleesah Darlison entertained the kids with stories of growing up in the country desperate for a twin sister to share all her INNERMOST secrets. You will have to read her latest book, Totally Twins to find out all about the SECRET totally fabulous life of twin sisters Persephone and Portia.

Peter and Aleesah were joined on the floor by the very funny Oliver Phommavanh and the delightful Julie Nickerson.

A huge thank you to Stephanie and her staff at Black Cat Books and Café for making Four on the Floor such a terrific event.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

National Book Week.

Last week was National Book Week. Jo Oliver came down to our monthly book swap at Forestville Library to help us celebrate. Jo read from her books Tatiara and Pilgrim and everyone had an awesome time. If you would like to come down to the next book swap, they are held on the last Friday of every month at Forestville Library. Check out the pictures of all the fun, cake and mayhem below if you need anymore convincing!  

Father's day!

It's that time of year again. Everyone is searching for the perfect present for Dad, fortunately for YOU New Frontier has a few great gift ideas. These books are bound to put a smile on any Dad's face!

I spy Dad!

A young girl searches for her Dad, encountering all different types of Dads before finally finding her own. A great journey into the joys of fatherhood and shortlisted for Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2010.


An intriguing story about a mother and son dealing with the loss of a father. Christopher and his mother discover what is important and unimportant in Dad's absence, learning that sometimes even the smallest of things can make a big difference.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Indigenous Literacy Day


Join David Malouf, ILP Ambassador and Debra Dank, Literacy Development Facilitator, The Fred Hollows Foundation, as they discuss how we can effectively address literacy issues in remote Indigenous communities. Debra Dank, an Indigenous woman from the Barkly Tablelands, grew up on remote cattle stations in the Northern Territory and western Queensland. With over 20 years experience in education, Debra talks about why the Indigenous Literacy Project is starting to make a difference in Indigenous communities.

The Indigenous Literacy Project is a national initiative of The Australian Book Industry in partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation.

Entry by donation. BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL on: or by phone(02) 9273 1770