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Imagine This! Imagine That!

Can you imagine where I’ve been? Last week I flew to Sydney for the NSW Children’s Book Council conference: Imagine This! Imagine That!. I had a fantastic time meeting authors and illustrators, children’s librarians and lots of people who love books.

Some of the authors and illustrators gave talks about their books and about how they work with an author or illustrator to put a book together. One of my favourite parts:  Stephen Michael King and Glenda Millard talking about the Kingdom of Silk books. While Glenda was talking, Stephen Michael King got busy drawing some of his characters. Here are two of his drawings in progress.

"Stephen Michael King drawing Mutt Dog"
Stephen Michael King working on a picture of Mutt Dog
"Stephen Michael King drawing The Man Who Loved Boxes"
Stephen Michael King drawing The Man Who Loved Boxes

I had the best time chatting with writers (and getting advice about writing), and at the conference bookshop I bought books (of course!), and collected catalogues from publishers so I can see the books to look out for this year.

Here are some of the books I bought at the bookshop (I could have bought so many more than I did, but that would have made my bag awfully heavy and I had to get it on the plane back to Perth).

"The Return of the Word Spy cover""ABC Book of Australian poetry""How to Heal a Broken Wing"

Now I have lots more books to read (and review for you), and some new writers, illustrators and bookish people to interview too. Stay tuned!

~ Rebecca

Author:

Rebecca Newman is a children's writer and poet, and the editor of the Australian children's literary blog, Alphabet Soup. rebeccanewman.net.au.