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From an award-winning mother and son team.
Blaze Jake Kwaymullina loves writing children's books and
hearing kid's opinions of books. He also enjoys working in the area of
oral history and helping people get their stories told. He currently
works as a lecturer.
Sally Morgan is both a writer and a visual artist. Sally loves
animals and is passionate about the Australian bush. Sally has written
books for both children and adults. Her autobiography, My Place, is an
Australian classic. It has been published in a special children's
edition called Sally's Story. Together with her adult children, Sally
wrote the Stopwatch series. Sally is a respected visual artist whose
work has won international acclaim. She is represented in galleries in
Australia, US and elsewhere. Sally is a descendant of the Palyku people
of the Pilbara region of northwest Western Australia.
Peta Jinnath Andersen
is an Online Consultant for Walker Books Australia. Her absolute,
forever-and-ever favourite children's books are Guess How Much I Love You, A Bit Lost, Howl's Moving Castle, A Wrinkle in Time, A Monster Calls, and Winnie-the-Pooh.
was my son’s birthday recently; as always, I gave him books. (Books are
included in pretty much every gift I ever give.) Friends of mine also gave him
books – they have a lovely tradition of choosing a book each from their
childhood, then passing it on.
telling me about her book purchase, my friend told me how she had come to buy
the book in a marvellous store, and spent quite some time perusing picture
books on top of a stuffed mushroom, which took her straight back to reading
time with her parents, and sharing that.
time is always valuable; I have strong memories of reading with my parents, and
later my grandparents and brother. I also have wonderful, candescent memories
of reading with my son, from the first day of his life ‘til now. (I have read
to him every day of his life.) But my friends’ tradition made me wonder: how many
other reading and bookish traditions do we carry around as a culture? How many
are centred around children, and children’s books?
own personal habit – I have not been doing these long enough to name them tradition, I suspect – is to give a copy of Owl Babies to newborns, and The Witch of
Blackbird Pond to teenage girls. My parents’ was to always read fairy
tales, something I have continued with my son. Another friend listened to books on tape in the car on long journeys; her children now do this with their
children. In our house, there are certain books we read regularly, or on a
specific date, because they are meaningful (we read Owl Babies on Mir’s half-birthday; Julius Caesar on the Ides; Green
Eggs and Ham for my birthday; Arabian
Nights and Winnie-the-Pooh every
August; and so many more).
there books you always give as gifts? Are there particular books you read, over
and over? Or a special place that you read, or have read, with your children?