Meet scientist and kids’ book author Idan Ben-Barak, and hear more about his fun look at microbes, Do Not Lick This Book.
And in Kids Capers, some clever kids create their own experimental story mash-ups.
Meet picture book illustrator Gwynneth Jones, one half of the Finding Granny team (the other being our very own Kate Simpson!). Find out more about their collaboration, and in Kids Capers, go behind the scenes at the Sydney Opera House when kids meet the cast of Hunting of the Snark.
Get the inside word on the fabulous CYA Conference, an annual gathering of kids’ book writers, illustrators and publishers in Brisbane. We chat to prolific picture book author Claire Saxby, CYA competition winners, conference founder Tina Clark and more, in our first ever event special!
Meet Leesa Lambert, owner of Melbourne-based children’s specialty bookshop, The Little Bookroom. Discover the hottest new kids’ books yet to hit the shelves, and in Kids Capers, hear which books caught the kids’ eyes when they were unleashed in
The Children’s Bookshop in Sydney.
Meet one of the funniest kids' authors around, recent Children's Laureate, and importantly, the brains behind Mr Chicken - the one and only Leigh Hobbs! We also chat to a group of kids to discover what books are tickling their funny bones right now.
Meet prolific author and editor Sue Whiting, and find out how she brought Panama to life in her middle grade novel, Missing. And in Kids Capers, a bunch of kids interview
author Alex Miles.
Join us on a trip through the solar system with picture book author Shelly Unwin, as we hear all about her new book, Blast Off! And in Kids Capers, Nat and her kooky crew get their acting on, performing space-themed stories written by some talented primary school kids from Melbourne.
Meet hilarious kids' book author, Oliver Phommavanh. We talk food in kids’ books and his love of burgers and video games! And in Kids Capers, we hear directly from kids about their favourite bookish food scenes.
Peek behind the publishing scenes with Anna McFarlane, children’s publisher at Allen & Unwin. And in Kids Capers, 9-year-old Zara gets the illustration lowdown from Jules Faber of Weirdo fame.
Meet one of our favourite Australian literary legends, Deb Abela, as we chat about her writing journey, awards and second spelling bee book. And in Kids Capers, three young readers review your hosts’ favourite childhood reads.
Ideas really are everywhere! Just ask super-creative kids’ author Zanni Louise, who shares where her book ideas come from. And in Kids’ Capers, Nat takes a breather while young Zamika interviews author
Meet picture book author Jess Walton, a fierce advocate for all kids being able to see themselves in books. Hear book recommendations from a wonderful bunch of kids, and enter our latest giveaway to win two A.L. Tait books!
Get the lowdown on libraries! Meet Bethany Macdonald from The State Library of Victoria and discover what’s hot at story time, plus hear from some of the Alphabet Soup mag’s youngest book reviewers!
Dive into the world of illustration in Episode 2 of One More Page! Meet illustrator Nicky Johnston, hear kids turn into their favourite book characters, win a cartooning workshop and more!
We’re kicking off our first ever episode of One More Page podcast with a first-time author! Join us as we chat to debut kids' author Catherine Pelosi and delve into the mysterious world of her first novel, Quark's Academy. Enter our first book giveaway,
Name: Kate Simpson
Internal age: A thousand lifetimes.
Secret superpower: Spreadsheets and lists. If you need to be saved from a burning building, call Wonder Woman. If you need to a five year plan with budget estimates and maybe a Gantt chart, I’m your gal.
Obsessed with: Writing. Seriously. It's my thing and I hope to do it every day of my life.
Annoyed by: Typos in books. (My own writing can have typos whenever it likes. This is not annoying. Don’t tell me it is.)
Bookshelf style: Bookshelf is kind of a loose word in my house - does a huge pile on the floor by my bed count as a bookshelf?
What you wanted to be when you grew up: A microbiologist specialising in viruses.
What you got in trouble for at school: Usually, not a lot, but I could sometimes be kind of rude without even meaning to be (I was totally misunderstood!).
Favourite books as a kid: Anything by Enid Blyton. When I was a bit older, I loved John Marsden’s books: So Much to Tell You, Letters from the Inside and of course the Tomorrow, When the War Began series.
And now: I discovered Little Women and Anne of Green Gables when I was in high school and they're now more than books to me. They’re friends.
Character you wish you could be: Any character with magical powers. (Yer a wizard, Harry!)
Name: Liz Ledden
Internal age: 9
Secret superpower: manifesting footpath finds (everything from cane chairs to a revolving book rack)
Obsessed with: putting books on hold at the library (turning book borrowing into some kind of competitive sport)
Annoyed by: Weird chewing sounds
Bookshelf style: Colour-coded
What you wanted to be when you grew up: Author, spy or flight attendant
What you got in trouble for at school: Laughing attacks (in the library, of all places).
Favourite books as a kid: Hating Alison Ashley, Harriet the Spy, Animalia, There’s a Sea in my Bedroom, The Magic Faraway Tree, Charlotte's Web, everything Roald Dahl and Judy Blume, Trixie Belden, The Babysitters’ Club, Playing Beattie Bow, Anastasia Krupnik … the list goes on
And now: Herman and Rosie, Florette, Adelaide’s Secret World, The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade, Mr Huff, Last Stop on Market Street, Squishy Taylor, Withering-by-Sea, The Secrets We Keep, Nevermoor
Character you wish you could be: Charlie Bucket in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Name: Nat Amoore
Internal age: 10-11
Secret superpower: Making up stuff. Not lying, that is different. Making up stuff, on the spot, that everybody believes and sometimes gets me things I want. Not lying.
Obsessed with: Laksa and writing down anything that pops into my head because I'm sure one day it will be 'my great work' even when the idea is oh so silly.
Annoyed by: Restaurants that skimp on my vegetables and/or tofu in my vegetable and tofu laksas. Seriously guys...they're VEGETABLES!
Bookshelf style: Small and jammed. Sydney apartment living **insert eye rolly emoji**
What you wanted to be when you grew up: Depended on the day of the week. Still does.
What you got in trouble for at school: Never got in trouble. Never got caught.
Favourite books as a kid: Everything by Paul Jennings or Gillian Rubenstein. Calvin & Hobbes, To Kill A Mocking Bird and anything where the character went from the real world to another world.
And now: Hmmmm, kinda the above plus Star Girl, Roof Toppers and The Hat Trilogy.
Character you wish you could be: Elly from Skymaze