*** Interview answers from Mary Chin, Course Chair
Types of kidlit books
Total kidlit books published
The Rainbow Child, Inky Poofs, Smile, Spikey & Dotty, Let’s Be Friends (All 5 books under Armour Publishing) Make A Difference Books series.
Describe your style
The Make A Difference Books series are are fun stories that children can identify with. They focus on themes of friendship and self-identity, recognising that everyone is different and that’s what makes us special. And they’re all done by the students, both the stories and illustrations!
How did you get started?
This started as part of a module in the Diploma in Creative Writing for TV and New Media. 😊 These stories were selected and further developed and finally published. It’s such an amazing process for the students, and aspiring writers, to go through, seeing their books now on the shelves of bookstores!
Where do you get story ideas?
They all developed the ideas in class, with their lecturer and classmates.
Pick one book of yours that kids should read
Inky Poofs is a story about Inky, a squid, who poofs whenever he is nervous and he is going to school for the first time! It’s a story that encourages children to be confident in making new friends. Especially timely for parents with kids starting school or going to a new environment next year!
Tip for parents, how to help kids enjoy reading
Make it fun, participatory, and a routine they look forward to.
Tip for aspiring kidlit writers
Collaborate with your kid- they could give you really great ideas you’d never think of!
Your big wish for kidlit publishing next year (2020)?
Feature young writers
GREAT KIDLIT SHOWCASE 2019
The updated list here
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+ Check out Don Bosco's latest series LAST KID RUNNING, published by Penguin Random House