Episode 4 - You, Me, Everybody with author Jessica Walton

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In this episode, we interview Jessica Walton, author of the picture book Introducing Teddy, which is a story about gender identity and transition. 

 

Jess is also a cancer survivor, amputee, queer, daughter of a trans parent, feminist and teacher. As well as picture books, Jess writes about disability, LGBTI issues and the intersections between her disabled and queer experiences.

 

Jess lost her leg to cancer aged 9, and has worn a prosthetic leg ever since. Sick of legs that tried to mimic real skin, she started wearing patterned prosthetic legs. She hopes to design a snow globe-style prosthetic leg one day, with glittery snow swirling every time she takes a step. 

 

Find Jess online at:

Website: www.jessicawalton.com.au

Facebook: www.facebook.com/introducingteddy/

Twitter: @jesshealywalton

Quarks Academy Kids Book Hachette

Introducing Teddy by Jessica Walton and Dougal MacPherson

 

Errol and his teddy, Thomas, are best friends who do everything together. One sunny day, Errol finds that Thomas is sad, even when they are playing in their favourite ways. Errol can't figure out why, until Thomas finally tells Errol what the teddy has been afraid to say: “In my heart, I've always known that I'm a girl teddy, not a boy teddy. I wish my name was Tilly, not Thomas.” And Errol says, “I don't care if you're a girl teddy or a boy teddy! What matters is that you are my friend.”

Introducing Teddy introduces the youngest readers to understanding gender identity and transition in an accessible and heart-warming story about being true to yourself and being a good friend.

 

Introducing Teddy can be found at

https://www.bloomsbury.com/au/introducing-teddy-9781681192116/ 

Jess also recommends: 

A Family Is A Family Is A Family by Sara O'Leary and Qin Leng

https://groundwoodbooks.com/sara-oleary-on-a-family-is-a-family-is-a-family/

Just the Way We Are by Jessica Shirvington and Claire Robertson

http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780733331626/

The Wonky Donkey by Craig Smith and Katz Cowley 

https://shop.scholastic.com.au/product/7940468



Kids' Capers

Wow! There was a huge list of recommendations on this edition of Kids' Capers: books being read, just been read, soon to be read... we've thrown them all in here, so get those library cards out and check them out! Note that some of these books are categorised as young adult, so take a closer look to see what's best for each age group. 

 

 Grandpa's Great Escape by David Walliams

http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780008140359/

 

 The Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz

http://alexrider.com/

 

Little Stars by Jacqueline Wilson, illustrated by Nick Sharratt

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/little-stars-9780552569941

 

Author Jackie French

http://www.jackiefrench.com/



Whatcha Readin?

Kate recommends That's My Mum by Henriette Barkow and Derek Brazelle, as well as the other great products at Mantra Lingua publishers.

http://uk.mantralingua.com/product/thats-my-mum

Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros

 

Liz recommends The Secrets We Share by Nova Weetman

https://www.penguin.com.au/books/the-secrets-we-share-9780702259784

Truly Tan Jen Storer

 

Nat recommends Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli

https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/books/stargirl-by-jerry-spinelli/

Shout outs

On this episode, Liz gives a shout out to the Kids' Book Review website www.kids-bookreview.com. Kids' Book Review was founded by Australian author-illustrator Tania McCartney and is full of book reviews, news and interviews. They update it every day so there's always fresh content. And, if you'd like to get to know your favourite author a bit better, check out the 12 Curly Questions section - it's Liz's favourite.  

 



On Our Radar

 

 

Kate is planning a book launch for her picture book, Finding Granny, illustrated by Gwynneth Jones, which is due to be released in July with EK Books. 

https://www.amazon.com/Finding-Granny-Kate-Simpson/dp/1925335690

Competition Details

Thanks to Hachette Australia, One More Page is giving away books 1 and 2 in the Ateban Cipher series by A L Tait: The Book of Secrets and The Book of Answers

 

When a dying man hands him a coded manuscript, Gabe is hurled into a quest that takes him beyond his monastery home and into a world of danger, political intrigue and adventure. What is the secret of the book, and why is it so valuable? As he seeks to decipher the code and find a mystery man who may not even exist, Gabe learns that survival must be earned and that some of life's biggest lessons are not found in books.

 

Head to our WIN page and tell us in 25 words or less what you'd like to see more of in children's books. Entries must be in by 5PM Tuesday 3rd April 2018. The winner will be contacted via email, and announced on our website.

Other Bits & Pieces

 During our listener question, Nat talks about...

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon

 

https://www.hachette.com.au/zana-fraillon/the-bone-sparrow

Funny Kid (Series) by Matt Stanton 

 

http://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780733335976/


A New Australian (series) published by Omnibus Books, in particular Teresa: A New Australian by Deborah Abela

 

https://shop.scholastic.com.au/Product/8418348

Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

 

https://www.hachette.com.au/jessica-townsend/nevermoor-the-trials-of-morrigan-crow

 


Thanks

A special thank you to illustrator Marianne Khoo for designing the One More Page podcast logo and other associated images. And to all the mums and dads who let Nat annoy their kids for the Kids Capers interviews.

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