Children’s Books Surrounding Bereavement and Grief

  Reading books on illness and bereavement to my children? The thought filled me with heart-knotting dread. Why would I do it to them or me? Well, one reason is that children are natural philosophers who are intrigued by life’s biggest mystery, death. The right book on this subject can be informative and comforting, casting…

Understanding Politics, Government, Elections and Activism Through Books for Australian Children

There’s an election coming. Well, there’s always an election coming. And if there’s not, there’s always lobbying, decision making and activism underway. It’s easy to forget that the topics of government, politics, elections, the law and activism are fundamentally relevant to children even though they are not yet voters. These topics are perennial favourites in…

A Shopful of Bigfoots

A Shopful of Bigfoots by Mat Larkin I’m working on a scene in a new middle grade novel, and I don’t want to make a big deal out of it but it’s going brilliantly, when suddenly my main character, twelve year-old Attica Stone, takes off her red nose, puts down the tyrannosaur’s jaw bone and…

Stories for beautiful, wonderful weirdos

This is a guest post by local author Mat Larkin, author of The Orchard Underground, written as part of his Virtual Writer in Residence program in partnership with The Little Bookroom and the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature Office. Reading stories is weird. Telling stories is very weird. Being a kid, with an untamed imagination…