KidLitVic – Illustration & Picture Books

Sharing notes on Illustration and Picture Books, taken at KidLitVic 2017.

Illustration Panel

Panel: Melissa Keil (Five Mile Press), Michelle Madden (Penguin), Sarah Mummé (Lake Press), Christina Pase (Windy Hollow)

  • Postcards (at conferences, etc) are lovely. But a link is always a good thing to forward on to others. Need to be able to show it around – at acquisitions, etc. Digital is great.
  • Greeting cards are a way to get your work out there.
  • Michelle loves to see loads of stuff. Consistency is huge – to develop a character and be consistent across the pages. It’s good to see what you can do – different styles (as long as it is strong, and done well) – but consistency is important.
  • Melissa: Colour palette, characterisation, line-work – something that’s really unique.
    A vaiety of styles for a range of products.
  • Sarah: It’s very personal
    May fight for it, if she can see potential, with a really good brief, and a little bit of work.
  • Christina – literary picture books
    If she really loves it – or has something to fill the brief.
    Likes to know/see if they can draw people – because that’s a really difficult thing! (Show them in all different poses and emotions, in your portfolio.)
    Technical skills are vital during the process – to see an illustration from the back angle. Or from a different character’s perspective. It’s almost like illustrators are working with a film screen, not a flat piece of paper.

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Picture Books Pulse

School holidays means, no; school lunches, early mornings, pressures and routines. Creativity uncoils and my brain has space to explore possibilities and see the bigger picture of writing…

My July ‘holidays’ in a nutshell…

Three tweets set the scene.

Son sets the bar… high.

Multi-tasking

Multi-tasking

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PB 10 for 10

Recently the challenge went out; Name 10 PBs that you cannot live without. It’s known as #PB10for10, thanks to Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek.

If I was choosing my 10 favourite picture books, this would be an impossible task – so I have focused my list on the classroom, and chosen 10 books that I’ve built units of work around. Some of these are linked – and I think you can tell that we have a lot of fun with water-based units, bringing in the sea, floating and sinking – and much, much more! Others are one-offs but fantastic within their specific units.

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Hi Five

Click on pic to read.

This week I was interviewed by Christie Wild as a part of her Hi Five series for PB authors. Here are some of the Qs she threw at me.

Question ONE: How has reading picture books to your children made you a better parent?
Question TWO: What are three of your favourite picture books?
Question THREE: What was your road to publication like?
Question FOUR: How might teachers use your book in the classroom?
Question FIVE: What are some writing tips you can offer to writers seeking publication?

How did I answer? Come and see… Click here to visit Christie’s blog.

NaPiBoWriWee Update Day 6


The light is glowing brightly – and it’s not just the light that I’ve been burning into the night to get my PBs done. No – this is the light at the end of the tunnel as National Picture Book Writing Week (NaPiBoWriWee) draws to a close. It’s been so much fun participating. I’m loving the sense of accomplishment and community – and meeting lots of lovely people on the way! 🙂
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Kat to Cat: Career Juggle – and new book Puggle!

Kat: Welcome to my blog, Cat – and congratulations on the launch of your cute and colourful picture book, Puggle. You and I have a few things in common. Aside from the obvious Cat/Kat thingy there’s also the love of writing (picture books especially) and… that teaching role!  

 So, mother, writer, teacher, how do YOU do it? (I have my pen poised to take notes here. Needing all the tips I can get! 🙂 ) 

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Just one more sleep!

Sometimes it amazes me how quickly things happen.

Last Wednesday, during #kidlitchat on Twitter, the lovely Karen Collum asked if any picture book authors would be interested in a Twitter chat for picture books only. I was… (she knew that) others were… (we hoped so) and now it’s happening (amazing!) – tomorrow! (If you want a job done, get Karen on board. She is ‘D’ynamite.)

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