Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Join the revolution!

Peter Carnavas has been touring the country encouraging kids to plant trees. Many kids have been inspired by Peter's talks and workshops. They have been coming up with all sorts of interesting places to plant trees and sending the pictures to Peter. You can see some of them here.

Michael, a year 2 student, attempted his own Christmas Tree based on Peter's Last Tree in the City.
We love it so much we just wanted to share it with you.

What do you think?
We think it's brilliant!
So kids, keep sending Peter your illustrations and they will go up on his blog for all to see.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Samantha says thank you!

Last week Samantha celebrated her 25th birthday in style.

Over 50 children listened to Gordon Winch's classic tale

and helped Gordon polish off Samantha's birthday cake.

Samantha was very excited to see so many adults and children at her birthday party and would like to thank  The Children's Bookshop in Beecroft for hosting her fabulous party.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Happy 25th Birthday Samantha

Happy 25th Birthday Samantha Seagull's Sandals.
This beautiful commemorative edition of Samantha Seagull's Sandals will be launched on:
Friday 10th December at 9.45am
The Children's Bookshop
Hannah St
Gordon Winch will read his picture book at 9.45. It will be followed by a celebration at 10.30 with cake!
So, come along for the party as we applaud this iconic Australian picture book.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Samuel's Kisses is launched

The lovely Karen Collum is visiting our blog today.
She has just released her fabulous new picture book - Samuel's Kisses.
Congratulations Karen!

A book launch is a wonderful experience, especially when the audience is a class of wide-eyed and enthusiastic 4 and 5 year olds. SAMUEL'S KISSES by Karen Collum & Serena Geddes was launched at the Greenbank C & K Kinder on Wednesday, December 1. The afternoon was filled with dress-ups, craft activities, yummy food, and of course, lots of little people blowing kisses.

Some very special volunteers helped Karen act out the story of SAMUEL'S KISSES, including the inspiration for the story, Karen's son, Samuel.

And of course, what is a book launch without book-themed food? For SAMUEL'S KISSES, that revolved around heart- and kiss-related food, including Custard Kisses (biscuits), heart-shaped fruit, miniature heart cupcakes and of course, a SAMUEL'S KISSES cake.

A big thanks to the staff and students of Greenbank C & K Kinder for hosting the launch. It was a wonderful way to launch SAMUEL'S KISSES into the world.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

We feel like dancing

It’s almost Christmas – yes it is and we feel like dancing.

As The Nutcracker opens at the Sydney Opera House tomorrow night we thought our delightful picture book Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy was worth mentioning.

The Nutcracker is a much loved ballet by Tchiakovsky. It is traditionally performed at Christmas time – the giant Christmas Tree which is usually on the stage certainly portrays a Christmas theme.

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy is a favourite part of the ballet for most children. Sue Whiting and Sarah Davis have created a stunning picture book based on the music from The Nutcracker. It includes a CD narrated by Antonia Kidman with the well known music playing in the background.

We recommend it. Go on – go out and buy it from your friendly bookseller.
You can dance your way through the festive season with toddler in tow.