Riley and the Jumpy Roo is off to the Palace!

Riley and the Jumpy Roo is off to the Palace!

The ACT Government​ have most kindly chosen Roo as their official gift for the new Royal baby, Princess Charlotte.

What a thrill! Thank you, Chief Minister! and thanks, also, to Vanessa Little, and to Karen who coordinated this surprise.

Happy hopping, Charlotte!

Jumpy Roo crashes National Simultaneous Storytime

I LOVE National Simultaneous Storytime and so does my mum. She visited Erindale Library this week to read the NSS title--some book by Ursula Dubosarsky and Andy Joyner, you may have heard of it - Too Many Elephants in this House?

Well, my mum LOVES this book to pieces and she loved reading it to the kids. She especially loved the idea of reading it at the same time as many thousands of other people, all around Australia. How cool is that?

After the reading, naughty Jumpy Roo popped out of her bag to say hello, and so mum read my adventure around Canberra. It was so much fun. Can't wait to do it all again next year.

Oh--and here's a photo of mum with that OTHER book ...

Riley :)

jumpy roo wins for outstanding picture book

I'm just so thrilled to announce that Riley and the Jumpy Kangaroo has been awarded Equal Second Placing for Outstanding Picture Book in the University of Canberra's Get Real Canberra awards today. What a joy it was to see my work alongside the talented students who creating some super-stunning picture book creations.

Also a joy to be shortlisted with talented author (and dear friend) Stephanie Owen Reeder, who also received a special mention for Max the Parliamentary Cat.

the shortlist

Above right - Jane Cassidy. Below left - local gal and new friend Grace Bryant wins for her picture book manuscript. Below right - Nick Klomp, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Education) at the University of Canberra, presents the winners.

Above - with my equal second place recipient, Batool Razaak. Below - CBCA ACT President Leanne Barrett with Outstanding Picture Book winner Xiang Lei.

 A happy me. Below, with Leanne Barrett.

Below - with dear friends Tracey Hawkins and Stephanie Owen Reeder, and organiser Jane Cassidy.

Huge thanks to Jane Cassidy for running this amazing competition, and for encouraging some sensational new talent. I really hope to see some of these student winners achieve published status!

Jumpy Roo review on Read Plus - November 2013

Such a lovely review of Jumpy Roo by Sue Warron, on Read Plus. So very touching!