Episode 67 - The Magic of Childhood

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Liz interviews Edwina Wyatt

 

Edwina Wyatt is an Australian children’s author. She grew up in Sydney and worked as a lawyer and a high school teacher before becoming a writer of books for young readers.

 

Her debut junior fiction novel The Secrets of Magnolia Moon (Walker Books) was awarded the CBCA Honour Book of the Year for Younger Readers, and shortlisted for the Readings’ Children’s Book Prize. She has received three CBCA Notables for her picture books.

 

Edwina lives in country Victoria with her husband, two children, and too many animals. She divides her time between writing and working in youth mental health. 

 

Find out more about Edwina at: 

 

Website: edwinawyatt.com.au

Instagram: @edwinawyatt

 

Some of Edwina's books include:



Kids Capers - Nat chats with Rose

 

Rose is 8 and loves all things creative. When she is not reading, she loves playing piano, drawing, drama and listening to the Beatles and Harry Styles.

 

She would love her favourite authors to run the country, particularly Tim Harris and Nat Amoore.

 

She wishes more adults would listen to children and strongly believes that books, music and caramel slices are the key to world peace! 

ROSE RECOMMENDS:



Whatcha Readin?

 

Kate recommends The Rat-Catcher’s Apprentice by Maggie Jankuloska, published by New South Books.

newsouthbooks.com.au/books/the-rat-catchers-apprentice-138443/

 

 

 

 

Dear Greta by Yvette Poshoglian, published by Penguin Random House. 

penguin.com.au/books/dear-greta-9781761043789

 

 

 

 

This is My Dad by Dimity Powell, illustrated by Nicky Johnston and published by EK Books.

ekbooks.org/product/this-is-my-dad/?v=6cc98ba2045f

Once Upon A Small Rhinoceros

Liz recommends From My Head To My Toes, I Say What Goes by Charlotte Barkla & Jacqui Lee and published by Hardie Grant.

hardiegrant.com/au/from-my-head-to-my-toes-i-say-what-goes-by-charlotte-barkla/9781760508142 

 

Little Matilda written by Caz Goodwin, illustrated by Shaney Hyde and published by Marshall Cavendish.

booktopia.com.au/little-matilda-caz-goodwin/book/9789814974639

 

That Cat written by Jacqueline Harvey, illustrated by Kate Isobel Scott and published by Penguin.

penguin.com.au/books/that-cat-9781761040702

 

 

Piano Fingers by Caroline Magerl, published by Walker Books.

walkerbooks.com.au/Books/Piano-Fingers-9781760652616

 

 

Truly Tan Jen Storer

 

Nat recommends Mary & Marcus by Ursula Dubosarsky & Andrew Joyner, published by Harper Collins.

harpercollins.com.au/9780733339844/mary-and-marcus

 

 Lion Is That You? by Moira Court, published by Fremantle Press.

fremantlepress.com.au/books/lion-is-that-you

 

 

Tiny Wonders by Sally Soweol Han, published by UQP.

uqp.com.au/books/tiny-wonders

 

 

The Unfunny Bunny by Adrian Beck and James Hart, published by Penguin Random House.

penguin.com.au/books/the-unfunny-bunny-9781761043093

Shout-out

This episode, Liz gives a shout out to a brilliant new picture book created by Matt Ottley and published by Dirt Lane Press, which is now an imprint of WestWords. The Tree of Ecstasy and Unbearable Sadness uncovers the experience of living with bipolar, and is accompanied by a full orchestral score also composed by Matt Ottley. An immersive, sensory experience, an important topic and a visual feast. Well worth seeking out for lovers of the picture book form, this one's a picture book aimed at an older teen and adult audience. Check it out here.

 



On Our Radar

On Kate's radar is her 2019 picture book Dear Grandpa, which is having a very exciting makeover in 2022. Later this year, Dear Grandpa will be released as a paperback with a brand new cover design!

 

We can't show you the new cover yet, but keep an eye on our social media feeds over the next few months - we'll be sure to shout about it when we can. 



Competition Details

This episode, we have an awesome Edwina Wyatt-themed prize thanks to Walker Books. We have The Secrets of Magnolia Moon, The Magic of Magnolia Moon and her picture book, Sometimes Cake, illustrated by Tamsin Ainslie all up for grabs.

 

Head to our WIN page and simply tell us about a magical moment from your own childhood.

 

Enter your answer (or ask a parent to) by 5pm Tuesday 19th April to be in the running. 


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