Readilearn: Wrapping up a year of books – the gift of reading

Thanks Norah for including Magic Fish Dreaming in this blog, alongside many beautiful books!

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The love of reading is one of the greatest gifts a parent can give a child.

Reading is empowering, and a book is a gift that continues to give, long after the occasion has past. It’s effects cannot always be measured.

To help you decide which books to give to whom for Christmas, I thought I’d make your task a little easier by reminding you of the lovely books I shared throughout the year in interviews with their authors and illustrators.

Below you will find a list the books and their authors and illustrators. I also include links to

  • the interview on the blog
  • the interview in the Author or Illustrator Spotlight
  • the creative’s website
  • a place where the book may be purchased.

Many of these authors and illustrators have more than one book, some for readers in other age groups, including adult, so please check out their websites for…

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‘Magic Fish Dreaming’ Wins 4 Coveted Royal Dragonfly Book Awards

 

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CHANDLER, AZ (November, 2017) – The judges of the 2017 Royal Dragonfly Book Awards contest, which recognizes excellence in all genres of literature have spoken, and Magic Fish Dreaming by June Perkins,  and illustrated by Helene Magisson, won 2nd place in the Children’s Poetry, Environment, Book Trailer and  tied for second in Children’s Picture Books for Children 6 years and over as well as a special mention in the Cultural Diversity category.

“Winning any place in the Royal Dragonfly Contest is a huge honor because in order to maintain the integrity of the Dragonfly Book Awards, a minimum score is required before a First or Second Place or Honorable Mention will be awarded to the entrant – even if it is the sole entry in a category,” explains Linda F. Radke, president of the Dragonfly Book Awards program. “Competition is steep, too, because there is no publication date limit as long as the book is still in print.”

Magic Fish Dreaming is a poetic celebration and exploration of nature, people and imagination in Far North Queensland. Encourages children and families everywhere to hunt for their own nature-based or urban poems.  It retails for $18 and can be purchased within Australia and International Distribution is currently in process.

For a complete list of winners including all first and second place and honorable mention recipients, visit www.DragonflyBookAwards.com and click on “Winners.”

Five Fantastic Facts with author June Perkins

Thanks for the chat Candice, at Young Authors Academy.

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Hi June, and thanks for joining us on the Young Authors Academy blog!

juneportrait2What is the most recent book you’ve had published and can you please tell us a bit about it?

I published Magic Fish Dreaming, a collection of poems for children and families, at the end of 2016.  It is a poetry quest set in Far North Queensland Environment and an invitation to understand and care for nature.

What was the first story you remember writing when you were at school and can you tell us what happened in the story ?

The first poem I remember being proud of which I recited to my class with great enthusiasm was about a helicopter seed spinning in the air and making its journey to the ground. The first story I wrote was about the life of Joan of Arc and told in the first person.

What got you…

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Educate Empower, Workshops, Illumine and other News

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Another review is now available for people wanting a preview of Magic Fish Dreaming.

To read it visit Educate Empower Blog  I just love this review because it gives such a great list of suggested uses of the book and the honest responses of a few young readers.

Educate Empower blog is an absolutely beautiful blog, full of inspiring book reviews, and wonderful in that it looks at the educative potential of each book for the parent who loves to not only entertain their children but have teachable moments.

I am so happy that they reviewed my book.

Currently I am working on a plan for the last few months in the lead up to Christmas.  I’ll let you know when and where that means Magic Fish Dreaming is traveling to outside of Brisbane !

Helene and I are excited to announce that we will be running two workshops through the Brisbane libraries in January 2018 – on visual poetry and including water colour technique this time!  Hooray! These will run for two hours, rather than one as our first workshops did and we just know they are going to be so enjoyable.

We really love the opportunity to work together again, especially inspiring others in their own creative capacity and bringing out that potential we hope!  And yes these workshops will be free to the public.

In other news my wonderful designer Heidi is working on the design of more children’s books.  Seems people like the work she did for Magic Fish Dreaming so much she is receiving job offers.  Well done Heidi, proud of you my creative sister!

In a couple of weeks, October 7 and 8th at 2pm in the afternoon I am running workshops on writing inspired by art at the Illumine Exhibition.  These ones are for youth and adults.  You can check out the booking link here  ILLUMINE POETRY WORKSHOPS WITH JUNE PERKINS.

Hope you are having the most beautiful creative time.  And enjoying writing for the pure joy of it.

 

Writing Poetry for Kids – Children are the Future for Poetry

Write up of participation in the Queensland Poetry Festival, Writing for Kids Panel.

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A panel for exploring Writing Poetry for Kids, hosted by the Brisbane Square Library, was held at the Queensland Poetry Festival 2017, Saturday August 26th. It was encouraging to see the theatrette full, and a mixture of backgrounds, parents, local writing for children community, and general public in attendance, as well as a few children.  The library did a beautiful job of hosting us and making sure the equipment was all sound checked and ready to go. Thanks to the Queensland Poetry Festival for including our panel in the festival.

The panel explored the idea that children are the future of keeping the art of poetry alive. If they love it, then their children in turn will love it.  So how then do we foster and keep poetry vibrant, culturally inclusive, and add it onto everyone’s must do, and must buy list, especially children, grandparents, families and schools?  Dr…

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Writing for Children’s Panel: Introducing JR Poulter

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Introducing JR Poulter – Panelist for Writing Poetry for Kids at the Queensland Poetry Festival

J.R.Poulter Multi-awarded writer /poet with 30+ traditionally published children’s and education books here and overseas, the former senior educator, librarian, book reviewer, once worked in a circusJ.R. workshops/ writes on poetry, prose, performance, and heads Word Wings collaborative, creating beautiful books. As J.R.McRae, she’s a multi-awarded, internationally published poet, fiction/YA writer/artist. Works include novels, Picturebook/YA crossovers, poetry collections, with poetry/prose/art in international anthologies including  Colours of Refuge, Mytho, 100 Stories for Queensland, Basics of Life, Quadrant Book of Poetry, 2000-2010, The Spirit of Poe, Guide to Sydney Rivers. J.R. was flagship presenter for QPF 2007 Schools Program.

 

Queensland Poetry Festival Performing Artist

You can find out more about JR Poulter on Ripple Poetry.

Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel: Introducing Sally Murphy

Introducing Sally Murphy one of our panelists at the Writing for Children’s Poetry Panel  (Brisbane Square Library and Queensland Poetry Festival partnered event)

Sally is a multi-published children’s poet, with three well received verse novels to her name, and a total of 47 publications. Her poems are published regularly in the various School Magazine formats (BlastOff, Count Down etc) as well as in anthologies including Dirt by Sea (edited by Dianne Bates) and One Minute to bedtime (edited by Kenn Nesbitt) She is about to submit a PhD on the subject Belonging in children’s poetry. She is based in Western Australia. Currently finishing a PhD, focusing on children’s poetry – including both the writing of it and where it belongs in the children’s literature landscape.

Sally Murphy at the Queensland Poetry Festival

If you already own one of Sally’s books bring it along to be signed.  She will have a limited number for sale and order forms available at the event.

News and Reviews

Magic Fish Dreaming is now distributed in Far North Queensland by the Local Author’s Network.

I’d like to thank Dot Sweeting for joining the Magic Fish Dreaming team and listing our book and making more Far North Queenslanders aware of it.

The book is now stocked in:

Cairns, at Cairns Books 

Crystal Ball Bookstore

The book is already in the Cairns library, but you can now purchase it as well if you wish.

Dot will keep up me updated as to where the book is stocked and is planning a trip to Cook Town soon!

An interview by Book was done recently by  if you want to go have a look it is here Interview by Book Just Write for Kids

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BUZZ WORDS REVIEW

Magic Fish Dreaming

Magic Fish Dreaming written by June Perkins, illustrated by Helene Magisson (GumBootsPearlz Press) PB RRP $17.99   ISBN 978-0-980731-18-7
Reviewed by Elizabeth Vercoe
Magic Fish Dreaming is a beautiful book of poetry, inspired by the people, creatures and country of Far North Queensland. To travel to FNQ through this delightful book of poetry is, quite simply, a treat.
Perkins is a Papua New Guinean Australian writer with a PhD on the topic of Writing Empowerment. She and illustrator Magisson have captured and delivered a series of age-appropriate vignettes that traverse clever, captivating poetry alongside divine pictures.
From dancing in the storm to finding ‘giggle poems,’ from discovering a secret fishing spot to glimpsing the flicker of a gecko, the ideas in this book encourage children to take time, to create space, to cultivate patience, to watch, to wait… to dance…
                                                                                        
‘Storm Dancers’ –
She said, “I’ll dance with you,”
as the cloud’s violent sneezes caused
a flood in her garden.
He said, “I’ll dance with you
One of those anti-rain dances
But we can’t dance too long
‘cause we don’t want drought.”
The text and illustrations intermingle, to weave their magic not just through the core ideas of the poetry, but in and around the very pages themselves. With gorgeous and sometimes surprising messages delivered in a unique and unselfconscious manner, this is a book that emanates joy in every reading.
Instant gratification, armchair travel and lightning-fast images and sounds are a way of life in 2017. Rich, nourishing books like this one that bring conversation and evoke spirit of place, country and critter not just one time but over and over again, are on a different space-time continuum.
This book is recommended for children of all ages (even really old ones!).
This review first appeared  in Buzz Words on July the 9th and is republished here with permission.
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Boonah World Environment Day in July

A photographic essay of our trip to Boonah for their annual World Environment Day Festival

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My family arrived in Boonah last Friday night, and stayed at the tranquil home of my friend Elizabeth who is a local resident and greatly involved in her local community’s efforts for sustainability.  After enjoying a beautiful misty sunrise and breakfast, we headed up the next day to the World Environment Day festival which was being hosted by BOSS (Boonah Organisation for a Sustainable Shire). The most striking thing to attract our attention when we first arrived was the Vomitor, made from recycled materials and warning us what will happen if we don’t stop littering!

At tenish the traditional welcome happened.  This was full of ceremony and quite moving.  It included a reenactment of what should have happened when new people arrived on these shores, and a smoking ceremony.

Next, up I gave a short  official welcome speech and shared a poem especially written for the festival and dedicated to…

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