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It's a time of generosity
  From the team at Child Writes and Boogie Books, we wish you a safe and magical Christmas. We are only a shout away if you wish to gift lovely children’s picture books to those special little ones in your world and given you may be super busy, don’t hesitate to ask us to gift wrap it for you! Choosing gifts is made all the simpler if you think of ‘something to do, something to wear, something to read, something to share’ It always seems to work for us and heres to hoping this little ‘rule’ works for you too. Thank you for your incredibly warm energy and thoughtful support during the year. We couldn’t have done it without you x  
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Creativity
  Whilst it is the season to be giving (and to be chilling out at the beach, hanging out with friends and generally celebrating the year that was!) it is also a fabulous time to indulge your inner creative. We have created (ha!) with the assistance of an amazing animation team from Armenia, a short little inspirational video – only 1.23 minutes, showing why we believe it is important to be creative. It is good for your soul and it is very good for your wellbeing.  
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A Crash of Rhinos
What do you get if you mix two talented children (one winner from the writing section of the Child Writes National Competition 2015, and the other from the illustration section), a mentor, and a children’s picture book platform?
A CRASH OF RHINOS. This delightful new picture book is the result of a years work by Keagan Wallace (South Australia) and Ali Coburn (Victoria) and their respective launches are coming up very soon. They have dedicated the proceeds of sales of the book to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation and have a very special foreword written by the IAPF Founder, Damien Mander included in the book. ‘When you read this book and hear the word ‘rhino’, don’t just think rhino. Think of Mother Nature and all animals. What will you, as the next generation do, to make this a better place for them?’

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Four authors in one family!
In what may indeed be a lovely record for Child Writes, we have four authors ‘graduating’ from the Child Writes Program from one family. Amelia Lawrence was the successful bidder for a ‘year of mentoring’ by yours truly at a charity auction (our way of contributing to the School of St Judes in Tanzania - this, plus copies of books for which we donated all proceeds after production costs…) Emma Mactaggart worked throughout the year with Evelyn, William, Sam and George and they each created their own very special children’s picture book. This takes our grand total of books to just short of 360 titles… Not bad for a small press publisher (with a big purpose!)

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Melanie & Me
  We are waiting for the Melanoma Awareness Foundation to update their own website so you can order your own copy of ‘Melanie & Me’. Keep checking the site over the next week as it surely will be ready! ‘Melanie & Me’ was an incredible collaborative effort with a contribution from a number of children over two particularly busy weekend workshops. With interest growing around the country, we have just ordered another 2000 copies (this time hardcopy) and they will be available in stores in the new year.  
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Summer Challenge - Instagram!
Are you up for a little challenge – a summer challenge? Check out our instagram account for images as we roll through summer. We will be tagging them #inspiretowrite #storyideas #childwrites and we are looking for quirky short short SHORT stories (50 words or less!) to share on our Facebook page. Be economical, be clever, be inspired! (oh, you social media fiends know how it works… you have to ‘follow’ to be in the mix!) Send the story to us directly: em@boogiebooks.com.au

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The Child Writes Fund
  It is official! We have been dreaming (and working towards) what we originally called The Child Writes Foundation, to learn it is more appropriate for what we wish to achieve to have ‘The Child Writes Fund’. With an immense amount of experience with our Board of Directors (Richard Hoult, Belinda Sanders, Dr Tarn McLean, Natasha Leahy, Marie Muldoon and Samantha Macansh) and a registered company The Child Write Fund Ltd, it is a matter of moving forward to realise our goal of raising money to enable us to ‘gift’ the Child Writes program to locations where children are in crisis. One step closer!  
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Top Drawer Toowoomba
Just when you think we should be packing up and resting for the summer, we are heading out with a bang, being involved in the inaugural Top Drawer Toowoomba. Boogie Books products, including original illustrations, are being showcased with the work from other local artisans and creatives, in what will be a very memorable pop-up shop. Creating an experience for shopping, by combining the wares from a group of very talented designers, along with free gift wrapping as well as a catered launch event, we thing this will be very special.

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Winners really are grinners!
Check out all these happy HAPPY children, with their certificates and books prizes in hand. We sincerely congratulate the 2016 authors and illustrators again. The competition is closed for the National Child Writes Competition this year, but it will open very, very soon. We have kept up with the incredible adventure these children have, so please, make it your mission, as a literacy advocate and an incredibly progressive teacher who believes in your children, to encourage them to enter as soon as the ‘doors’ open next year. We use Facebook to keep you up-to-date, so ‘like’ us today!

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