Episode 45 - Branching Out

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Jess Racklyeft is a children’s book lover, author, illustrator and reader based in Melbourne, who also creates work for card companies, original paintings, prints and all types of different client projects. Jess’s recent books include Ivy Bird, with Tania McCartney, The Year of the Rat with Charles Hope and Kate's very own Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King.

Find out more about Jess at: 

Website: jessesmess.com

Etsy: etsy.com/au/shop/JessesMess

Facebook: @JessesMessIllustrations

Instagram: @jessesmess


Unfortunately, since the recording of this episode, Jess and Kate have made the difficult decision to cancel the launch of Anzac Girl due to the current public health crisis. The launch was to be held at the Little Bookroom in Melbourne. Consider supporting Kate, Jess and The Little Bookroom by ordering your copy of Anzac Girl here. https://www.littlebookroom.com.au/p/non-fiction-anzac-girl-the-war-diaries-of-alice-ross-king--4?barcode=9781760637019

Books by Jess Racklyeft

Kids Capers - Nat challenges kids to read books they've never tried before

Saoirse normally reads animal books such as...

But this episode she tried this sci fi fantasy...

Aoife normally reads mystery books such as...

But this episode she tried this sports book...

Olivia normally reads adventure books such as...

But this episode she tried this graphic novel...

Whatcha Readin?

Kate recommends Beetle and Boo by author-illustrator Caitlin Murray, published by Penguin Random House.





I See, I See by R. Henderson, published by Allen & Unwin.


Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros


Liz recommends The Book Of Chance by Sue Whiting, published by Walker Books





Little Bilby's Aussie Easter Egg Hunt, written by Yvonne Mes, illustrated by Jody Pratt and published by Lothian Children’s Books.





The Lost Moustache, written by Vikki Conley, illustrated by Caterina Metti, published by Red Paper Kite Publishing.


Truly Tan Jen Storer


Nat recommends Edie’s Experiments: How To Make Friends written by Charlotte Barkla, illustrated by Sandy Flett and published by Penguin Random House.




Firstly Nat would like to give a shout out to Hazel Edwards who is celebrating 40 years of hippo love with the anniversary of her wonderful ‘There’s a Hippo’ series. To celebrate, Penguin are releasing a 40th anniversary edition.


And secondly, for Victoria McKinlay and her debut picture book 'Ribbit, Rabbit, Robot'.

Unfortunately, since the recording of our podcast, Victoria has had to cancel her launch at Berkelouw Books Leichhardt but we would LOVE you to still get her book from there to show them support.


On Our Radar

Liz has some great things on her radar this month, such as:

Words Worthwhile - a new editing business


Friend of the podcast (and fellow writer) Kim Astill has begun her own freelance editing service called Words Worthwhile. Specialising in picture books through to young adult novels, Kim can help you with structural editing, copy editing, proofreading, or even a brainstorming session.


For further details, visit:




Or contact:




2020 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge


The 2020 NSW Premier's Reading Challenge has started! Liz is excited to see not only her debut picture book TULIP AND BRUTUS included as a reading option, but also Nat's middle grade novel SECRETS OF A SCHOOLYARD MILLIONAIRE and Kate's picture books DEAR GRANDPA and FINDING GRANNY. Hooray!


The challenge is an amazing way to get kids reading and excited about books.


Check out more about the challenge at:




And google for info on reading challenges in other Australian states.

Competition Details



This episode we’re giving away an amazing prize pack thanks to Allen and Unwin, with four beautiful books:


ANZAC GIRL by our own Kate Simpson and this episode’s guest, Jess Racklyeft


MONKEY'S TAIL by Alex Rance and Shane McG



Head to our WIN page and simply tell us one new and different thing you plan to try this year.


Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 14th April 2020 to be in the running. 


To illustrator Marianne Khoo (and her assistant Max) for designing the One More Page podcast logo and other associated images.

And to our sound editor Adam Orlowski for his wonderful audio genius - check out his other work at www.aosd.tk

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