Grace’s Mystery Seed Giveaway

Grace’s Mystery Seed by Juliet M Sampson

Picture book illustrated by Karen Erasmus for ages 5-9

Published by Ford Street Publishing

Reviewed by : Karen Tyrrell

Who is Juliet M Sampson, author of Grace’s Mystery Seed?

Juliet M. Sampson is a Melbourne-based award-winning author of books for children and for grown-ups.

Dance Demons, her third novel won 2016 Book of the Year in the Reader’s Choice Awards in the AusRomToday competition. She was also one of ten finalists for 2016 Author of the Year in the same competition. Her other three books are Behind the Mask, Bon Voyage! and Outback Wonder.

Her first picture book Grace’s Mystery Seed is released in early 2019. Juliet’s claim to fame was that she attended the final Masterclass of famous Australian author Bryce Courtenay before his passing in 2012.

Who is Karen Erasmus, illustrator of Graces Mystery Seed?

Karen is a talented illustrator and artist who lives on the Mornington Peninsula, south of Melbourne – a beautiful and inspiring part of the world.

What’s Grace’s Mystery Seed about?

 ‘Polly likes these stripy seeds,’ Grace said. ‘What are they from?’

‘Let’s find out,’ said Mrs Marino.

Grace and her neighbour plant a mystery seed. They wait and wait for ages. Then a little green shoot starts to grow . . . and grow . . . and grow . . . until, at last, Grace discovers the truth about her amazing mystery seed.

Intrigue and wonder lead children to find out what grows in this book.

What’s my Review of Grace’s Mystery Seed?

 Intriguing picture book about Grace and a stripy seed she discovered.  Grace’s asks: what plant will this seed grow into?  A flower or a plant? Children follow the journey of a young girl’s adventure into solving a nature puzzle.

Grace’s Mystery Seed fosters a love of gardening, wildlife, nature and the environment.

 Themes for Graces Mystery Seed :

Gardening, plants, backyard, environment, nature, birds, neighbours, growth

Find Juliet M Sampson on www.julietmsampson.com.au or enquire at your local bookstores.

Teacher’s Notes for Grace’s Mystery Seed – Ford Street Publishing

Grace’s Mystery Seed Book Giveaway

 WIN a copy of Grace’s Mystery Seed Book Giveaway.

 Leave a comment below on why you want to win a copy of Graces Mystery Seed.

BEST comment wins!

The more entries you submit the great the chance of winning.

Winner announced on Thursday 2nd May, 4pm. Good luck.

Congratulations! The WINNER of the Book Giveaway is Megan Higginson. Thanks everyone who entered.

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Great Barrier Reef Rescue Giveaway

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Giveaway

I announce my Great Barrier Reef Rescue Giveaway,
to celebrate the launch of my latest eco adventure on 5th May at Brisbane Square Library.

Why did I write Great Barrier Reef Rescue?

Great Barrier Reef Book Launch

I wrote an eco-adventure mystery, as a response to David Attenborough’s call.

‘The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up.’ —David Attenborough

What’s Great Barrier Reef Rescue?

Great Barrier Reef Rescue (Song Bird) is an exhilarating eco adventure jam-packed with aquatic heroes and characters. My book educates kids on how to care for the reef and endangered marine creatures.

SONG BIRD SUPERHERO … REEF DEFENDER.

Rosie aka Song Bird, superhero must save the Great Barrier Reef.

Something weird is happening on Green Turtle Island.

  Marine creatures have been dying, and now her friends are disappearing.

 Rosie travels through a time portal to unlock a secret.

Can Song Bird rescue the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late?

Here are my TOP Reviews on Goodreads.

★★★★★  Jacqui Halpin Action-packed aquatic adventure, with Song Bird Superhero and her band of clever friends fighting to save the Great Barrier Reef from …  To be continued

Jacqui Halpin

★★★★★  Norah Colvin  In her fourth exciting adventure, Ava Bird aka Song Bird Superhero defends the Great Barrier Reef against her arch enemy Destructo whose evil plan involves destroying Song Bird along with the Reef… To be continued

Norah Colvin

★★★★★  Christine Titheradge, ‘Great Barrier Reef Rescue’, is a delight to read with an important message. Author Karen Tyrrell has vividly captured the reef & it’s inhabitants & the importance of becoming defenders of the reef. To be continued

Christine Titheridge

What’s Great Barrier Reef Rescue giveaway?

Play a game of skill, not a game of chance.

The winner must follow the steps and write the best answer.

How do you enter Great Barrier Reef Rescue Giveaway?

Follow these steps … go to Goodreads, check out the reviews of Great Barrier Reef Rescue on Goodreads. HERE

Write a comment below on why you wish to win Great Barrier Reef Rescue. Best answer wins the book and SUPER prize pack below.

What’s the prize for Great Barrier Reef Rescue giveaway?

WIN a signed copy of Great Barrier Reef Rescue, signed artwork from the illustrator, numbered signed certificate, a bookmark PLUS a Great Barrier Reef show bag of goodies …

Show bag includes DVD, stickers, game, booklets, origami, shells and more.

Winner: Great Barrier Reef Rescue Giveaway announced Monday 13th May at 4pm.

WINNER of Great Barrier Reef Rescue giveaway is … Anna Byrd. Congratulations! I’ll be in contact with you soon.

Great Barrier Reef Rescue is available from Songbirdsuperhero.com Comes signed, with a Great Barrier Reef show bag, and a signed Stamped certificate.

Available Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository· Angus & Robertson · Digital Future Press

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Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits

Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits

I’m a passionate eco superhero children’s author currently touring Queensland.
Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue is my latest book following Song Bird Rainforest Rescue, highly recommended by the Children’s Book Council of Australia. OUT May 5

Brisbane Square Library Launches it 5 May . RSVP via the Facebook Event page HERE

Great Barrier Reef Book Launch

Join me (Karen Tyrrell) and Steve Tyrrell authors of Great Barrier Reef Rescue as we present an educational multi-media experience for how to care for the reef and endangered marine creatures.

I created Great Barrier Reef Rescue to empower children to live sustainable lives, help protect the reef from pollution and help endangered marine creatures.  

What’s my qualifications for Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits?

I’m an award-winning author and advocate of bully prevention, empowerment and resilience. I taught Gifted & Talented classes as a school teacher. I majored in biology at teacher’s college and was the science co-ordinator at my school.

My family and I love visiting the Great Barrier Reef, swimming in the company of giant green turtles, white tip reef sharks and Maori Wrasse. I’m passionate about protecting the reef and endangered marine creatures.

Educational Experiences: Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits …

Our Great Barrier Reef Rescue school visits includes interactive power point talks, reader’s theatre with costumes and props, hands-on activities and eco interplay.Karen Tyrrell & Steve perform dramatic scenes from Great Barrier Reef Rescue with book readings, costumes and props

We present a multi-media power point talk for how to care for the reef including our riveting book trailer.

Children engage in role play and Q&A interactivity.

Eco Interplay – Hands-on activities. How can we reduce plastic and pollution from the reef and water-ways? How can we live more sustainable lives? How are we care for endangered marine creatures?

 Children’s activities – science-based activities plus origami paper folding fish with instructions.

Australian Marine Conservation Society provide free resources for school visits.

Writing Workshops

Write an adventure story, conservation story OR a superhero story. Karen & Steve present guided writing workshops including power point, props, costumes, role play including a story starter sheet. Step by step, I guide children how to plan, write, edit and share their story.

Hands on Activities for School Visits

Children touch, feel, and smell marine artefact including coral, starfish, shark’s tooth, sea sponges, beach pebbles and a variety of gorgeous shells.

Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits

Ocean Fingers Puppets: Meet friendly octopus, whale, clown fish, turtle and sting ray finger puppets as we sing along with songs from the sea.

Reef Man AKA Steve Tyrrell will play the dolphin ocarina as we sing.

 #5 Tips to Organize School Visits … For authors

  1. Focus on your strengths, talents and expertise on school visits. Consider reader’s theatre, costumes, props and educational activities that engage children.
  2. Make your school visits fun, imaginative and interactive.
  3. Develop hands-on and interactive activities for children.
  4. Book your speaker presentations with author agencies. i.e. Speakers Ink, Greenleaf Press, Creative Writers Net
  5. Create an engaging script for your presentation … and practice, practice, practice!

When is Great Barrier Reef Rescue available?

Great Barrier Reef Rescue launches on 5th May 10.40am at Brisbane Square Library HERE Bookings Required Ring 07 3403 4166

It’s available now for pre-order, including signed copy, personal numbered certificate PLUS a Great Barrier Reef goodie bag at songbirdsuperhero.com … and at Amazon.

How do you book Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits?

I tailor interactive program for your school to suit any age-group, size, especially for the needs of the children. I’m taking bookings now for my Queensland Tour.

In May, June, July and August, I visit schools in Brisbane, Logan, Ipswich, Gold Coast, and the Sunshine Coast.

In June, we tour Queensland schools on the dates below. Book NOW with Speakers Ink

Townsville & Surrounds 11 Jun – 14 Jun 2019 Book Now  
Mackay/Whitsundays 15 Jun – 17 Jun 2019 Book Now  
Rockhampton & Surrounds 18 Jun – 20 Jun 2019 Book Now  
Bundaberg/Gladstone 21 Jun – 24 Jun 2019 Book Now  
Sunshine Coast 25 Jun – 30 Jun 2019 Book Now  

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Trailer on YouTube HERE

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Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch

Great Barrier Reef Book Launch


Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch

With a humungous splash, I invite you to the launch of Song Bird: Great Barrier Reef Rescue on 5th May 2019. Superheroes and marine characters will dive-bomb into this aquatic event.

What is Great Barrier Reef Rescue about?

Great Barrier Reef Book Launch

Karen Tyrrell author (me) created this eco adventure after following David Attenborough for years.

‘The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up.’
—David Attenborough

I wrote Great Barrier Reef Rescue to educate and empower children to care for the reef and endangered marine creatures.

Brisbane City Libraries Sunday Conversation series officially presents Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch.

 Brisbane Libraries host this special event in their premier function room AND promote my launch in their What’s on Booklet and on Brisbane City Council website.

Brisbane City Libraries promotes Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch with this blurb

”The Great Barrier Reef is in under attack! Karen Tyrrell award-winning author launches her children’s superhero adventure, Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Karen, dressed as Song Bird Superhero and co-author Steve Tyrrell as Reef Man, teach children practical ways to care for the reef. Books will be available for purchase on the day, or bring your copy from home for Karen to sign.”

Great Barrier Reef Book Launch

Who Supports Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch?

Australian Marine Conservation Society supports Great Barrier Reef Rescue, supplying educational materials for my Queensland school visits in 2019. Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority, Speakers Ink, teachers and schools support my eco adventure too.

Who’s Master of Ceremonies at Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch?

MEET the entertaining and exuberant Yvonne Mes, co-ordinator of Write Links, Brisbane children’s writers and illustrator’s group. Yvonne, children’s author and illustrator, will MC a fun, and thought-provoking interactive launch.

 Take the Plunge at Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch

To celebrate, wear something aquatic.

Kids: Come as a mermaid, Aqua-man, a shark, dolphin, turtle … or a superhero.

Grown-ups: Wear a splash of blue. Maybe a scarf, a shell necklace or your boardies and thongs.

DATE: Sunday 5th May


TIME: Arrive 10.40 am to start at 11am

PLACE: Brisbane Square Library, End Room, top level, 266 George St, Brisbane City


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Bookings required.

Phone Brisbane Square Library on 07 3403 4166 to reserve your place.

If you can’t snorkel out to the launch, you can still …

PRE-ORDER a signed copy, with a certificate and FREE Great Barrier Reef bag HERE

Great Barrier Reef Book Launch

Who’s making a splash at the book launch?

Co-author Steve Tyrrell, my family, friends, writing buddies and people who care about the reef. Uber talented, cover illustrator Trevor Salter is rumoured to make a splash down.

Dive-in to the aquatic celebrations, as my eco adventure creates waves in the world. 

RSVP on the Facebook Event page HERE

WHO’s Diving-in to Great Barrier Reef Rescue Book Launch?

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Great Barrier Reef Rescue Cover Reveal

Great Barrier Reef Rescue Cover Reveal

With great excitement, I announce the cover of my eco adventure, Great Barrier Reef Rescue – Song Bird 4.

HUGE thanks to those who supported Song Bird 4 on its literary journey.

Special thanks to Steve Tyrrell (co-author) Trevor Salter (illustrator) Yvonne Mes (Write Links co-ordinator), Jacqui Halpin and Danielle Freeland (beta readers) and all my Write Links buddies.

My action-packed novel empowers children to care for the Great Barrier Reef and endangered marine creatures.

TADAA!

Here’s the cover of Great Barrier Reef Rescue by Karen Tyrrell

Published by Digital Future Press

 SONG BIRD SUPERHERO … REEF DEFENDER

Rosie aka Song Bird, superhero must save the Great Barrier Reef.

Something weird is happening on Green Turtle Island.

Marine creatures have been dying, and now her friends are disappearing.

Rosie travels through a time portal to unlock a secret.

Can Song Bird rescue the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late?

Who illustrated the Song Bird covers?

Trevor Salter illustrated Great Barrier Reef Rescue, encapsulating the colours and mystique of the reef perfectly.

He illustrated all four book covers in the Song Bird series.

Who supports Great Barrier Reef Rescue?

Thanks to Australian Marine Conservation Society for supplying me with educational materials to hand out on my Queensland school visits.

 BOOK Great Barrier Reef Rescue School Visits thru’ Speakers Ink

SAVE THE DATE  Book Launch 5th May

I’m honored Brisbane City Libraries supports Great Barrier Reef Rescue. They officially host my book launch on 5th May as part of their Sunday Conversation program.

Please add 5th May to your diary and calendar with a STAR.

Stay tuned for my book launch announcement of a very special MC and a SUPER exciting program at a location TBA.

PRE-ORDER

Great Barrier Reef Rescue is now available for a special package.

BUY Signed, stamped copy with FREE Great Barrier Reef goodie bag + numbered, laminated certificate.

POST to anywhere in Australia.


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CapriCon presents Song Bird Superhero Show

CapriConCapriCon presents Song Bird Superhero Show on 6th April.

Superheroes, super authors and super kids will descend on Rockhampton showground for the CapriCon festival.  Meet fantasy author Kate Forsyth and Playschool performer Jay Laga’aia. He’s also known for his role as Captain Typho in Star Wars Episode II.

CapriCon

 Rockhampton Regional Council  will host Karen Tyrrell’s Song Bird superhero shows.

Karen presents a superhero writing workshop for kids too. On 6th April, Karen and hubby Steve perform two *LIVE Song Bird Superhero shows with costumes, dramatic readings and props.

Song Bird superhero and characters from Karen’s Song Bird series will come to life on the stage.

★★★★★ Song Bird Superhero (Song Bird 1)  

Bullied girl, Rosella Ava Bird & disabled friend dream of flying. Can they STOP a bully and empower themselves through song, science and self-belief?  *Endorsed by schools, teachers, counsellors.  Reviews: Disney Princess, Kirkus Reviews. 

★★★★★ Battle of Bug World (Song Bird 2)

Will Song Bird STOP the bully, save her sister, bees and environment? Eco fantasy plus the power of friendship. *Aligned with Kids Matter & STEM Science. Interview: ABC radio, Reviews: Children’s Book Council of Australia, Buzz Words.

★★★★★ Rainforest Rescue (Song Bird 3)

Eco-fantasy inspires children to care for the environment, trees & National Parks. Can Song Bird save the rainforest and find all missing kids? *Supported by QLD National Parks. Awarded highly recommended by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

CapriCon

Song Bird Superhero Show

WHERE: Library Pavilion Stage 

WHEN: Saturday, 6th April

Morning show: 11.15-11.45 am

Afternoon Show: 2-2.30pm

** Signed copies of all Karen’s books will be on sale afterwards.

Superhero Writing Workshop

Karen presents an interactive writing workshop for kids aged 7-13 years. Kids will learn how to write a superhero story using a starter sheet. The writing workshop is free.

Who will become the next JK Rowling?

WHEN: Saturday, 6th April 4-5pm

WHERE:  Robert Schwarten Pavilion Workshop Area, Rockhampton Showground 

BOOK HERE: https://bit.ly/2ENhytK

** Signed copies of all Karen’s books will be on sale afterwards.

CapriCon

Download the FREE Capricon APP

Download the Capricon APP now from the App Store or Google Play by searching ‘Rockhampton Events.’ Enter the event code: capricon2019

See the full program of events. Add them to your calendar and find everything on the map.

CapriCon

Save the Date: Capricon

CapriCon | 6 April 2019 | 10am – 8pm | Rockhampton Showgrounds | FREE
#CapriConRockhampton #CapriCon2019

CapriCon

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Premier’s Reading Challenge feature Karen Tyrrell Books

Premier's Reading ChallengePremier’s Reading Challenge feature my Books!!!

I’m honoured three of my children’s books are listed on 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge for kids to read. I can’t believe it! … Thousands of children will be reading my books in schools and at home.

Premier's Reading ChallengeSo far, this is my 4th piece of thrilling news  for this month!

This news comes on the back of Australian Publishers Association accepting my publishing imprint, Digital Future Press into their ranks last week.

Which books are listed on 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge?

Bailey Beats the Blah

Premier's Reading Challenge

Proudly supported by Kids Helpline.

Bailey hates his new school. His tummy aches. He has no friends. His dog Fuzzy slobbers all over him. BLAH! How can Bailey change his BLAH to HA-HA-HA?

Bailey spring-boards discussion on emotional intelligence and action plans on how to lift a child’s mood.

Available at:
Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository · Angus & Robertson · Publisher website  Digital Future Press

Harry Helps Grandpa Remember

Proudly supported by Alzheimer’s Australia.

 ‘Harry and Grandpa love playing hide -and-seek together. Over time Grandpa becomes grumpy and forgetful, refusing to play games with Harry anymore. On Grandparent’s Day, Grandpa becomes confused and lost. He couldn’t even remember Harry’s name. Then Harry discovers clever ways to boost Grandpa’s memory.

How does Harry help Grandpa remember?’

Available at:
Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository · Angus & Robertson · Publisher website  Digital Future Press

Ready Set Discover Logan

Proudly endorsed and supported by Arts Queensland and Logan City Council.

       Premier's Reading Challenge

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yana arrives in the City of Logan with her family, feeling alone. She’s not sure what children can do in Logan.

Yana meets Bunji, an Aboriginal boy at a Logan City library. Bunji shows Yana the best places for kids to explore and play. Join Yana as she discovers Logan’s beauty for the first time.

Publishers Note: Themes of diversity, inclusion, indigenous, migrants.

Available at:
Amazon · Booktopia · Book Depository · Angus & Robertson · Publisher website  Digital Future Press

What is the 2019 Premier’s Reading Challenge?

The Challenge encourages a love of reading for leisure and pleasure in students, and to enable them to experience quality literature.

It is not a competition but a challenge to each student to read MORE and to read MORE widely.

The 2019 challenge will open on March 4, 2019. PRC student reading records will need to be finalised by August 30, 2019 with coordinators having until September 13 to finalise all validations.

Who can participate in NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge? (PRC)

It’s available for all NSW students in Kindergarten to Year 9, in government, independent, Catholic and home schools.

Posters and support material for the 2019 Challenge are being mailed to schools and libraries, and should arrive by late February. You can also download and print the 2019 poster here.

How does the Premier’s Reading Challenge improve reading?

Dedicated teacher-librarians and teachers provide practical suggestions for coordinating the Challenge that may assist children in your school.

Getting reluctant readers started:

  • Classroom teachers/ teacher-librarians can introduce some of the PRC books in class lessons and units of work to give students a taste of success.
  • In pairs students can explore aspects of visual literacy in picture books and both students can include the book on their Student Reading Record.

What’s next?  

MORE of Karen Tyrrell’s books could be added in the future.

Please stay tuned!

What do you like about NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge?

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Childrens Book Council of Australia Highly Recommends Rainforest Rescue

Childrens Book Council of Australia highly recommends my book, Song Bird Rainforest Rescue.

Childrens Book Council of Australia reviewed Rainforest Rescue in their Reading Time magazine. They gave Rainforest Rescue a highly recommended rating.

★★★★★ Childrens Book Council of Australia reviews  Rainforest Rescue…

 Gondwana Rainforest is dying. Rosella Ava Bird aka Song Bird Superhero and her mates, Amy and Ben aim to find out why.

Whilst on a grade 6 camp at the rainforest site strange things begin to happen. People are disappearing whilst Destructo, the villain of the piece, lurks menacingly in the background.

It’s time for Song Bird to gather her strength and find those missing and save the environment.

Action packed, full of unexpected twists and strong courageous role models.’

★★★★★ Highly recommended. —Children’s Book Council of Australia

Speakers Ink Agency features Rainforest Rescue

This week, Speakers Ink Agency features Rainforest Rescue in their Word of Mouth Newsletter.

Karen Tyrrell’s Rainforest Rescue was Highly Recommended by Reading Time – Children’s Book Council of Australia on 14 December, 2018.

‘Action packed, unexpected twists, strong courageous role models.’

Please stay tuned for a thrilling NEW book and exciting NEW events with Karen Tyrrell at schools, libraries and festivals in 2019.

“Karen is a dynamic visiting author. Children were inspired and engaged throughout her sessions which focused on developing their own creative writing.” Meanjin Writing Camps, USQ – 2018

BOOK Karen Tyrrell Author via Speakers Ink Agency

Check out my author talks, writing workshops and pantomimes HERE

Sponsor Rainforest Rescue

Queensland National Parks supports Rainforest Rescue by providing educational material for Karen’s school and bookshops events.

BUY Rainforest Rescue & the Song Bird series

Get signed books from the author … HERE

★★★★★ Amazon World-Wide … HERE 

 ★★★★★ Booktopia Song Bird series … HERE 

 

Free STUFF Teacher notes & kid’s activities

FREE downloads HERE

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Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime Chung Tian Temple

Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime Chung Tian Temple

Celebrate Chinese New Year with Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime, starring Chung Tian Temple.

Logan award-winning author Karen Tyrrell & hubby Steve perform a FUN children’s book, storytelling about the BEST places to visit in Logan.

Karen & Steve will present Ready Set Discover Logan at Chung Tian Temple, Priestdale part of a FREE Cultural Open Day.

Children watch an interactive storytelling show with costumes and puppets highlighting Logan’s best places. Later, children complete FUN activities.

Afterwards, Author Karen Tyrrell will sign books for sale.

Who is Karen Tyrrell Author?

Meet Karen Tyrrell, Logan author and school teacher. She writes books to empower kids to live strong.  Her books are about bully prevention, resilience, self-care and taking care of the environment and more. She’s won 3 awards and 4 grants including an Arts Queensland grant for, Ready Set Discover Logan. Its sponsored by Logan City Council.

What is Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime?

Ready Set Discover Logan is an award-winning children’s picture book.

Bunji, an aboriginal boy and Yana, a migrant girl, seek friendship and acceptance in Logan City, while searching for #14 BEST places for children.

★★★★★ Children’s Book Council of Australia REVIEW

‘Valuable resource for primary school students. Explores environment, culture and immigration, all through an engaging story of friendship and belonging.’

★★★★★ Buzz Words REVIEW

‘Essence of this book is about community, friendship, acceptance, and merging of culture. It recognizes the First People of Australia. Invites readers, particularly newcomers, to discover a new land, a new home, to enable them the feeling of belonging. Read MORE

★★★★★ Just Write for Kids REVIEW

Karen very cleverly turned, a travel guide of Logan City, into an interesting and fun story of friendship and togetherness. A lovely clever book!’

ORDER signed Copy Ready Set Discover Logan

When does Ready Set Discover Logan pantomime begin?

Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime starts at 2:45 pm in the conference room. After the Baby Blessing Ceremony and Lion Dance finishes in the Temple nearby.

Kids, come watch the pantomime! Find out the BEST places to visit in Logan including the Chung Tian Temple.

10th February is a Cultural Open Day for the whole family

Experience and enjoy a variety of art, cultural activities and children programs such as:

– Lion Dance

– Vegetarian Food Fair

– Children Cooking Lessons

– Puppet Shows

–  Pantomime Show

– Multi-Faith Music Concert

– Baby Blessing Ceremony

– Chinese Tea Ceremony

– Buddhist Sutra Calligraphy

– Art Exhibition & Lantern Display

– Cultural Activities

– Family Photo Booth

Chung Tian Temple is one of Brisbane’s premier tourist destinations.

Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime

WHAT: Ready Set Discover Logan Pantomime

WHERE: 佛光山中天寺 Chung Tian Temple, Conference Room

1034 Underwood Rd, Priestdale, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia 4127

WHEN: Sunday 10th February 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM

RSVP https://www.facebook.com/events/963773483818687

PHONE: 07) 3841 3511

Teacher resources and activities can be downloaded at the author’s website.

Who’s joining the FUN?

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Self-Care for Writers Increases Productivity & Creativity

Self-Care for Writers

YIPEE! Last week I, Karen Tyrrell zoomed superhero adventure, Song Bird #4 to a professional editor. Exhilarated, I rode a wave of excitement.

On Sunday, I hiked Palm Grove at Mt Tamborine National Park to boost my self-care, breathing in fresh ionized air. To prepare for an enormous writing week ahead!

WHY?

  1. This week, I begin an intensive structural edit for Song Bird #4, collaborating with my editor. She’ll send over 100 requests for clarification.
  2. Next Saturday, I present my first writing Masterclass for 2019. My goal for 2019 is to present empowering Writing Masterclasses for writers. I present workshops for Queensland Writers Centre and Brisbane libraries. HERE
  3. This week, I’m ramping up support for my Facebook group We Are Writers HERE
  4. AND I’m organizing a book launch with extensive Book Tours for Song Bird #4

The pressure is mounting!

How to Remain Stress-Free … productive and creative?

I have SO much to do … arranging media interviews, book reviews and events at bookshops, schools, libraries and festivals.

Launching a book is the most exhilarating, exhausting and emotionally draining time in my life.

So, I must ensure I don’t experience a meltdown if things don’t go according to plan.

Self-care might be my saviour!

What’s Self-Care for Writers?

Self-care is the mindful practice to nurture your mind, body and spirit EACH day. It’s about taking daily time out to relax, unwind and recharge. Keep calm and love yourself.

What’s my Credentials to share Self-Care for Writers?

I’m a survivor of parent-teacher bullying and PTSD. I know how easy a teacher can suffer anxiety, stress and sleeplessness when things go wrong. That’s why I wrote Me and Him: A Guide to Recovery, 30 steps to Wellness. I created well-being and self-care articles for health magazines around the world.

I write empowering books for children. STOP the Bully teaches kids bully prevention strategies. Bailey Beats the Blah helps kids to overcome sad days and worry thoughts.

Kids Helpline endorsed them both.

How can Self-Care for Writers help me as an Author?

How can self-care turn my health and writing productivity around?

Self-care empowers me to care for my well-being while writing, organizing and presenting a rigorous schedule of events.

As the launch of my 12th book, Song Bird #4 draws closer, I focus on stressing-less, sleeping better and staying well.

For me, my physical, mental and emotional health becomes my top priority.

Why do Authors and Writers need self-care?

#10 tips Self-Care for Writers

  1. Care for your back by investing in a sturdy office chair that supports your back and neck. Adjust your chair and desk to the right height for you. Maintain correct posture when typing. Make sure your arms are extended out and aren’t bent at the elbow. This is to relax the ulna nerve which stretches from your neck to your fingers. Stand up frequently, stretch your legs and exercise. Alternatively, invest in a standing desk.
  2. Care for your hands, your most important tool as a writer. Learn finger and hand stretches to relieve repetitive strains. See a hand physio for any concerns.
  3. Take care of your voice. Writers supplement their income by presenting author talks and writing workshops. So, be careful not to shout or strain your voice. Drink lots of water and see a specialist if you experience voice loss.
  4. Engage in relaxing activities you really enjoy, such as going for a walk, taking a bath, having a cuppa, gardening, listening to music or reading. Schedule it into your daily routine so that it becomes a natural part of your life. Try to squeeze in yoga or meditation before starting your day. Visualize a safe, peaceful space e.g. a comforting room, a beautiful beach or lovely bush setting, and spend 5-10 minutes imagining this in your mind.

  1. Maintain your friendships. Connect regularly with friends and family. Plan something to look forward to, a holiday, a day trip or an outing with friends.
  2. Ask for help. If you are experiencing stress or worry, talk to someone about it. Speak to a friend, family member, your GP or a counsellor. Ask for help when you need it and accept help when it’s offered – realise you can’t do everything.
  3. Get regular exercise. This will reduce stress levels and improve your health. Find an activity you enjoy. Exercising with others can help you to stay motivated. Aim for at least 20 minutes a day; even a 10-minute walk will benefit you.
  4. Eat a nutritious, balanced diet. This helps with energy levels and stress management. Avoid consuming too much caffeine or sugar. It may help you to feel more energised in the short term but can have negative effects in the long term.
  5. Be kind to yourself. A positive and compassionate attitude can help you manage difficult times. Encouraging and rewarding yourself for getting through a difficult period or achieving a goal will reinforce your self-confidence.
  6. Get good quality sleep. Minimize screen time to sleep well at night. Go to bed and get up at the same time each day. Switch off ALL electronics at least an hour before going to bed so you can wind down. If you have trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, try a relaxation technique or quiet activity until you feel sleepy again.

For me, I plan to take time out to relax each day!

What about YOU?

What’s your plan for self-care?

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