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Book Week Wrap
  What a spectacular week! Busy busy busy – and fortunately, not asked to judge any book parades this year (it is always soooo hard!) Instead, went to Cystic Fibrosis Bookshop to volunteer (more below), Haden State School to share ‘Imagine it…’ workshop, read to two groups at OAK Preschool, taught at TACAPS (there are 11 children creating their own picture books) and met with an aspiring author who wants mentoring. In between, if we weren’t reading, we were all thinking about books! Perfect!  


Literacy Events
It makes you wonder, with all of these incredible literacy advocacy campaigns, how we still have a problem in our country. 1 in 3 Australians have literacy skills low enough to make them vulnerable to unemployment and social exclusion. This surely is a good enough motivator for us to do more, rather than less, when it comes to campaigns, awareness activities, book distribution and volunteer reading.

Two wonderful events you may wish to give your attention to: The Great Book Swap and The Australian Reading Hour encouraging redistribution and reading of books!

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If you order a A4 sized copy of Imagine, Lily Fabourama Glamourama or Mitten the Kitten from our bookstore, we will send you a comprehensive ‘teacher resource’ (with ACELA annotation) for use in your classroom. They were designed and written by an experienced literacy advocate, ABCJenny (Jenny Graham) Tempted?

The StoryArts Festival
  The StoryArts Festival is on the 9th of September, and one of our own, Emma, will be on a panel with Julieanne Wallace from LillyPilly Publishing talking about self publishing, and then will be at the trade fair. The StoryArts Festival Ipswich began in 1995 as the Ipswich Festival of Children’s Literatur and has been held every two years since. The festival offers FREE sessions for children and low cost sessions for adults and young adults, and it is organised and funded by the Ipswich Teachers Librarian Network. Impressive to say the least.  
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Hanging with Ray
  You hear it from Child Writes all the time – everyone has the right to see their words in print. The indefatigable Ray Martin believes the same thing and Emma caught up with Ray when he was last in Toowoomba (nearly 10 years since they last meet) at the It’s a Bloke Thing Fundraiser. Ray has just had his third book published, this time, showcasing his photography. He constantly urges everyone to record their stories as they are truly important and he was thrilled to hear the Child Writes program was now available to adults as LiveWriteShare.


Cystic Fibrosis Bookshop in Nundah
My lovely gift for this years Book Week was to volunteer as an author / reader to be filmed sharing my books for the Cystic Fibrosis You Tube channel. Lou (in the fabulous hat!) has been reading stories with ‘Rosie’ (their mascot) and welcomed the help. The seconds bookstore in Nundah are always looking for more stock, happy customers and even volunteers.

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More Awards?
  From a happy joyful business perspective, Boogie Books has been nominated for the 2017 Toowoomba Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. One of the most interesting sections in the application form is asking about expressing goals for the future. Surely anticipating we may be able to gift the entire Child Writes library to locations where children are in crisis is not too much of a hairy, audacious goal  
Competition Time!
  The National Child Writes Competition is open and the team are ready to deal with the deluge of entries! This year, there is a twist. The competition used to run for a couple of months, with the winners being announced towards the end of the school year. This time, the doors are OPEN until we receive 500 entries. Why 500 – well, at $10 an entry, and 100% of the entry fees going to the Child Writes Fund, this will generate $5000 – enough to offer a 5x5 Version of the Child Writes Create a Children’s Picture Book Program for a school or community group where children are in crisis. Promise, all the administration is donated by Boogie Books, the prize ($2000 worth of mentoring for a writer and an illustrator and a publishing agreement) by Emma  
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