‘Letters from Australia’ giveaway

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Sep 102019
 

Sometimes it is hard to picture just how big Australia is. There is still so much our family would like to see of, do in and learn about our beautiful country and (until then) my children thoroughly enjoy exploring our nation on paper. Award-winning artist Maree Coote has expertly combined her love of Australia, art and the alphabet into this sweet picture book:

Letters from Australia (RRP $29.99) is a fabulous celebration of all the things that make Australia special and unique using the magic of the alphabet. The gorgeous illustrations depict our native animals and nature, our  famous sights, well known characters and more with each picture built entirely out of letters.

What a unique way to look at Australia in a whole new way and at the same time practising the alphabet too. ‘Letters from Australia’ is a great tool for parents and educators to build letter recognition, after all every child loves a game of seek and find. It would also make a delightful Aussie souvenir for young readers living overseas so we’ll definitely pack a copy or two for our next European adventure.

To find out more about Walker Books and to take a look at Letters from Australia visit www.walkerbooks.com.au.

For your chance to win 1 of 3 copies of Letters from Australia (RRP $29.99) hop on over to the Hip Little One Facebook page to enter, good luck!

Nov 162018
 

EK Books

It may feel like there are still plenty of weeks left before Christmas, but when you have to send Christmas presents overseas you’re quickly running out of time. As a foreigner I have to make sure I get all my shopping and shipping done on time or my family and friends back in Europe will be left empty handed on the big day. Thankfully I recently discovered this gorgeous book by EK Books‘ Tania McCartney and it’s the perfect Aussie parcel gift:

Australia: Illustrated is an absolute treat for readers of all ages. It packs all the best bits (well, most of them) of Australia into a beautiful picture book that will be read over and over again. One look and it will become your favourite go-to gift for both true blue Aussies and those who are yet to learn all about the Land Downunder. (Bonus: A book is the perfect size for flat pack envelopes making it airmail friendly too!)

There is just so much to love about Australia: Illustrated and it covers so many different aspects of our beautiful Australia: its animals, its foods, its eye-catching nature, its language, its icons and so much more. With almost 100 pages chockfull of Aussie greatness you’ll be making new discoveries on every single page. After the initial introduction author and illustrator Tania McCartney visits each Australian state and you get to come along for the ride…

In New South Wales we learn about famous places and beaches, food trucks and ferries, sheep and snowy mountains. In Victoria we travel along the Great Ocean Road and take a look in the Murray River, we try out street food and take the trams. In Queensland we taste gelati, see a proper Queenslander home and dive into the Great Barrier Reef. In South Australia we explore the Cooper Pedy Dugouts, go to the Country Show and watch the Adelaide Kite Festival. In Western Australia we learn about the cutest furry animals, enjoy the Perth beaches and admire pretty wildflowers.

Across the water in Tasmania we visit a chocolate factory, walk along the Overland Track and try a range of seafood and cheese. Up in the Northern Territory we ride on the Ghan, are warned about dangerous creatures and learn about the beautiful birds of Kakadu. Last but not least in the Australian Capital Territory we wander around the National Arboretum, watch the hot air balloons and slurp a delicious monster shake.

Of course this is just a small taste of all this stunning picture book has to show, and no matter how Aussie you are you are likely to still discover new facts, places or words that will make you fall in love with Australia even more. This book is a must-read but also a must-see as the detailed illustrations are simply divine. Australia: Illustrated, it’s a beauty!

You can find ‘Australia: Illustrated’ (RRP $32.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Sep 032018
 

EK Books

Discussing sensitive topics with young children is not easy and it is important to tread with delicate steps. Domestic Violence is a big problem in today’s society and something that concerns entire families including young children. Author Dimity Powell and illustrator Nicky Johnston have come together to create a story that brings hope to those in need:

Flick lives in a house At the end of Holyrood Lane. Her home is often plagued by storms, rattling the windows and shaking the curtains, darkening the clouds and surrounding her with loud noise.

Flick tries to hide, but you never know when the storm will come and it is scary and frightening. Until one day she is brave and seeks helps and slowly the storms ease and the sun is able to shine once again on Holyrood Lane. Whether you know a little ‘Flick’ who finds herself in a never-ending storm (or maybe Flick is YOU), this beautiful picture book could just be the little ray of hope that is needed to help you step out and chase the sun.

‘At the end of Holyrood Lane’ cleverly uses visual metaphor to touch on a very delicate topic, making it suitable for children of all ages and also applicable to many situations. No matter what storm you find yourself in, there is always hope!

You can find ‘At the end of Holyrood Lane’ (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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Aug 232018
 

Maybe it’s the petting zoo or the cake competition. Maybe it’s the ferris wheel, the popcorn stall or the dodgem cars. Or maybe you just love looking at all the delighted faces and listening to the happy giggles and big belly laughs. There’s nothing like a day at the show, there is just so much to see and do! Let Gwyn Perkins take you out and join the fun:

In Gwyn’s latest picture book Grandad and Iggy set off for A Day at the Show, they want to enter Doreen the Chook into a competition because she lays such beautiful eggs. With Doreen under his arm Grandad and Iggy go on the bus and so their day out begins…

They see amazing rides, wood choppers, ball-throwing games and cheerful bright colours, they go on pony rides and enjoy a twirl in the spinning tea cups, they see animals and ride on the Merry-Go-Round and so much more. The show has something fun for everyone! Then it is time to put Doreen in the spotlight, will she be awarded a ribbon? Let’s see what the judge thinks of Doreen and her beautiful egg…

Gwyn has delivered yet another gorgeous picture book that will delight not just young readers but their parents too (you are never too old for a day at the show!). Through his amazing illustrations has skilfully captured the magic of the show, the joy that is found in every corner and the excitement it brings to all, what a wonderful addition for your family book shelf.

To find out more about Affirm Press, to take a closer look at ‘A Day at the Show’ by Gwyn Perkins and to order a copy online visit www.affirmpress.com.au.

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Aug 082018
 

Starting at a new school is not easy, especially when you are only 5 years old and rather shy. Our miss Sybil has been working hard on making new friends and is doing well, although it does make her a little sad when her class mates struggle to remember how to pronounce her name. Sizzle, single, simple… we’ve heard them all and the latest addition is Cyril. Initially she was upset, but I quickly turned that frown upside down with this gorgeous picture book by Emily Gravett:

I read a lot of children’s books but I think Cyril and Pat (RRP $24.99) is my new favourite. This fabulous picture book, filled with the sweetest illustrations tells the story of Cyril, a cheeky little squirrel, who forms a special (and rather unusual) friendship with a rat called Pat. Against the odds, and against what others may think of this unlikely couple, the two make a great pair and love hanging out together. What a fantastic message: Don’t judge a book by its cover. Sometimes the most unlikely people turn out to be the best friends!

Written in a catchy rhyming manner and filled with detailed, colourful, eye catching illustrations this book is an absolute joy to read and our kids love listening to the melody of the story and predicting the words.

From the same skilful hand comes Old Hat (RRP $14.99), another sweet book with a empowering message hidden amongst the gorgeous illustrations. Harbet the Dog wears a cosy knitted hat, handmade for him by his nana. Harbet is totally content with his hat, until others start commenting on his ‘old hat’. The teasing leads Harbet on a journey of trying to fit in, always searching for the latest, trendiest item to wear on his head.

There are so many colourful, quirky, unique hat styles, little readers will adore Emily’s creations. However no matter how hard Harbet tries, somehow he always ends up with an ‘old hat’. Thankfully in the end Harbet stops trying to fit in and learns a valuable lesson: You are perfect just the way you are!

To find out more about PanMacmillan, to discover more books by Emily Gravett and to order your favourite titles online visit www.panmacmillan.com.

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Jul 182018
 

EK Books

The strange thing about moving countries is that somehow in your head you think of everyone exactly the way they were when you left. This years marks 12 years since I moved to Australia and the unfortunate fact is that people have changed and gotten older. My beautiful Opa is now an impressive 95 years old and sadly suffers from dementia. I know that he will not be able to fully understand/remember me when we visit next month but I will treasure every moment I get to spend with him and he will always be very special to me.

In Finding Granny a little Edie has such a special grandparent too. Her lovely granny is funny and fearsome, creative and courageous and Edie finds comfort in knowing her granny is always the same. Until one day Granny has a stroke and all of a sudden Granny is ‘different’…

At first Edie struggles to find her familiar Granny in this strange lady, she doesn’t sound like her Granny at all and she can’t do the things she used to. But with lots of love, patience and art class not only is Granny finding her new self, Edie is also finding her Granny.

There is so many things to love about Finding Granny and the important messages is shared with young readers: The importance of family, the impact of (sudden) illness/accident/age and how it may change people from the outside, but how they stay the same on the inside. Patience, the value of art therapy and how you should never give up on people. And of course never judge someone by their looks or abilities! This gorgeous picture book features colourful illustrations that children will love and it is a fantastic conversation starter for families with young children.

You can find Finding Granny (RRP $24.99) in leading book stores across Australia.

To find out more about EK Books, to browse the range and to order your favourite titles online visit www.ekbooks.org.

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