Author event with Aleesah Darlison (WA)

Aleesah Darlison event


Meet author Aleesah Darlison!

Saturday 22 February 2014 at Westbooks, 396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park WA 6100.

9.30am bubs to 4 year olds — an exciting Where’s Wally hunt and readings from some great picture books by Aleesah Darlison (Puggle’s Problem, Bearly There and Warambi). Morning tea provided.

11am 7 to 12 year olds — Where’s Wally hunt, activities and readings from Aleesah Darlison’s Ash Rover Keeper of the Phoenix and I Dare You, with some arty entertainment and morning tea.

RSVP to or phone 9361 4211.

authors, illustrator

WA event: A Night With Our Stars

If you are a teacher, librarian, teacher-librarian, or any grownup who loves children’s books (and who doesn’t?!) on 8 March you should head along to A Night With Our Stars at Westbooks in Victoria Park.

Twenty children’s (and YA) authors and illustrators will each have 3 mins to speed-talk about their books published last year. It’s an annual event run by the Children’s Book Council of Australia WA branch and it’s open to the public. Here’s a list of the fabulous speakers:

  • Wendy Binks
  • Rebecca Cool
  • Deb Fitzpatrick
  • Georgia Efford [Uthando Project]
  • James Foley
  • Rina Foti
  • Norman Jorgensen
  • Clare Harris [Uthando Project]
  • Brigid Lowry
  • Bevan McGuiness
  • Meg McKinlay
  • Sonia Martinez
  • Sally Murphy
  • Chris Nixon
  • Matt Ottley
  • Danny Parker
  • JB Thomas
  • Zoe Thurner
  • Jan Tilbrook
  • Leanne White

Tickets are $25 and you can pay at the door on the night, but you do need to book. For more info (and booking details) see the CBCA WA website.

NB This is not an event for children. (Sorry—we’ll let you know about more kid-friendly events soon!)

(Westbooks also stock Alphabet Soup magazine. What a top bookshop!)

competitions, info, poetry, teachers' resources

Spring issue 2010 out Monday 23 August!

Alphabet Soup magazine will be arriving in subscribers’ letterboxes from Monday 23rd August.

The spring issue will have you humming a happy tune!"Issue 8 cover (spring 2010)"

  • Meet Dr John Long, palaeontologist and author
  • stories and poems by adults and children
  • Verse round for 2 or 4 voices
  • meet professional viola player, Helen Tuckey
  • The Book Chook’s column: ‘How to write funny stories’
  • book reviews
  • crossword
  • writing competition – win a $20 book voucher!
  • design-a-cover competition!

Alphabet Soup magazine will be available from our WA stockists from Tuesday 24 August. (Westbooks, Zero to Ten, The Well Bookshop Shenton Park.) Or  subscribe via the magazine’s website!

competitions, info

Winter 2009 issue OUT NOW!

Winter issue 2009

Doesn’t a serve of delicious alphabet soup sound like just the thing for this cooler winter weather? The winter 2009 issue of Alphabet Soup is out now!

Inside Alphabet Soup magazine this issue:

  • Q&A with Jo Oliver (author-illustrator of Pilgrim)
  • interview with an Air Traffic Controller
  • Stories, poems and good books
  • Kids writing (poems, stories and book reviews)
  • winners of our autumn writing competition
  • details of our winter writing competition
  • details of our design-a-cover competition
  • and more!

Where can you buy a copy? If you live in Western Australia, you can buy copies at Westbooks children’s bookstore (396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park) and   Zero to Ten (330 South Tce, South Fremantle).

You can also order single copies (or subscribe!) from our website, where you can order online with a credit card, or print off an order form to post in to us with a cheque or money order.

Get reading (and writing)!


Stockists in Western Australia

Issue 2 (autumn 2009) is hot off the press! Alphabet Soup issue 2 cover

Visit to subscribe, or to purchase single copies online. If you prefer to go into a store, we are pleased to advise that there are now two stores stocking the magazine in Western Australia:

Westbooks, 396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park WA

Zero to Ten, 330 South Tce, South Fremantle WA (Zero to Ten are open Tues to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm and Saturdays 9 am to 5 pm.)

competitions, info

Merry Christmas from Alphabet Soup

Merry Christmas to our Alphabet Soup readers!

Thanks to everyone who subscribed or bought single copies this year – this ensures we can continue to publish the magazine! (Just a reminder – if you’re thinking of placing further orders, the introductory offer of free postage and handling for delivery to Australian addresses expires on 31 December 2008. We will honour orders postmarked 31 December 2008.)

Alphabet Soup News:

  • On 29 November Gabrielle Bastow officially launched the magazine in Kings Park. (Gabrielle is a Literacy Consultant to the Benchmarking and Educational Measurement Unit who will manage the central components of the 2010 NAPLAN Testing Project.) Gabrielle gave a great speech! She also suggested we consider including a cryptic crossword (or some cryptic clues, if not a whole crossword) in future issues of the magazine. What do you think?
  • We’ve started a new blog for the magazine ( which has information such as book reviews, news about upcoming writer’s festivals with children’s events and behind-the-scenes info about what’s happening at Alphabet Soup.
  • We held our first writing competition and we were impressed with the excellent stories and poems you sent in! Winners will be announced in January and a new competition will appear in the next issue of Alphabet Soup – which is due out in February 2009.
  • If you live in WA we are pleased to advise that children’s bookstore, Westbooks, now stocks the magazine! You can find Westbooks at 396 Mill Point Rd, Victoria Park – they have friendly staff, and shelves and shelves of fabulous books. It’s worth a visit!

We hope you enjoy the holidays and find time to curl up with a good book. If Santa doesn’t leave a few books in your Christmas stocking, you can visit your local library! (And if you live in WA, don’t forget to record your books for the WA Premier’s Summer Reading Challenge.

If you’d like to be added to our email list for updates and news about the magazine and children’s book events, please send an email to with ‘subscribe enewsletter’ in the title.

Keep reading – and writing!


Rebecca Newman
Ph: 0412 820 478

Alphabet Soup Publishing
PO Box 742, Willetton WA 6955


What is Alphabet Soup magazine?

Alphabet Soup is an Australian literary magazine for children aged 6 – 12. Issue 1 is out now!

From February 2009, the magazine will be published quarterly.

Single copies cost $7.00 and a 1-year subscription (4 issues) costs $25.00. Orders can be placed online at and Westbooks (the specialist children’s bookstore in Victoria Park) also stock Alphabet Soup.

396 Mill Point Road
Victoria Park WA 6100
Ph: +61 8 9361 4211

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