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Tuesday, 15 May 2018

National Families Week 15 - 21 May 2018

Families matter. So much. Family might be one singular special person, an unrelated confidant, or a tribe of mismatched siblings but they all matter because they are the ones that are always there for you, listening, disagreeing, rescuing, upbraiding, loving. Caring.

This week is National Families Week. I was almost too busy keeping the wheels spinning on my family wagon to notice.

But here it is, 'celebrating the vital role that families play'. You can find out more about getting involved, here.

Early Childhood Australia is one of the many wonderful organisations advocating stronger families through strong communities.

I'm delighted to see that The Fix-It Man is listed by the ECA as one of their 'recommended quality-assured resources'. It truly does warm the cockles of my heart knowing this story, with its subtle sensitive message of hope, is reaching out and touching the hearts of others.

Illustration by Nicky Johnston

Wednesday, 28 March 2018

Addressing the Elephant - Talking About Death


Well, The Fix-It Man may have slipped through a few award nets recently but ... we still managed to MAKE A LIST. 😀

I am heartened and humbled beyond measure to be included in this very significant and important collection of picture books addressing the huge subject of death, loss and grief and ultimately ...hope.

Just check out who our wee book is sharing the same book shelf with: Wolf Elbruch, Oliver Jeffers Margaret Wise Brown, Debi Gliori, Joy Cowley, Margaret Wild, Freya Blackwood Michael Rosen and many other brilliant picture book creators.

Informative picture book blog, Picture Book Den, recently included The Fix-It Man on their comprehensive list of picture books from around the world that deal with the confronting topic of death and dying.

These books are often hard to write, harder to sell and sometimes, difficult to share but as Dr Sarah Mitchell GP states, they all share a few key common elements; they are stor(ies) of hope, that the pain experienced through a bereavement is normal, and that it can get better with time.

I truly believe picture books like those listed, can provide a safe and sensitive conduit through which discussion and understanding around these erstwhile taboo subjects can develop. Then maybe it will be possible to lessen the atmosphere of fear surrounding the notion and prospect of death for young people, thus normalising an inescapable reality of life.

View the entire list, here. 

Wednesday, 6 December 2017

It's Never Too Late - Bag Yourself a Book for Christmas

I spend an awful lot of time banging on about all the brilliant books available for kids by other people. Well, it so happens, I have penned one or two worthy reads myself and in case you've been chained up in a chest in Hogwarts and have missed my many new releases, here's a recap.
ALL the titles listed below are available now for Christmas or Easter or your child's next birthday or ... well you don't need an occasion to enjoy a great read now, do you? Here are my top Dimity Powell recommendations conveniently grouped for you by theme and age. (Either one or two of my short stories appear in each of the anthologies listed below).

Fantasy / Christmas  
  • PS Who Stole Santa's Mail? - junior novel Christmas themed urban fantasy for 7 - 10 years  A SEASONAL FAVOURITE
  • Magic Day - fantasy themed anthology for readers 7 - 12 years NEW RELEASE
  • The Toy Chest - toy themed anthology collection for younger readers 4 - 10 years NEW RELEASE
  • Lodestone: A Magnetic Journey - YA anthology spanning time suits readers 13+ years
Loss / Emotions / Family / Relationships / School life
  • The Fix-It Man - picture book 5 - 8 years
  • Zoo-thology - Animal themed anthology collection of short stories
  • Charms Trilogy - Three Volume set anthology for ages 4 - 14 years
  • Ssstories - Eclectic anthology for children 7 - 12 years NEW RELEASE
  • Lucky Draw - multi genre anthology of short stories for readers 7 - 10 years
  • Short and Twisted 2017 - anthology for older readers NEW RELEASE
  • Short and Twisted 2015 & 2013 -anthology for older readers
  • Keepsakes - anthology for older readers following several generations
  •  Zoo-thology - Animal themed anthology collection of short stories
  • Magic Day - fantasy themed anthology for readers 7 - 12 years NEW RELEASE
 For more details and prices on each of these titles, please visit my website.

Can't fit another book in your Christmas Stocking? Why not consider one of these Excellent Extras.

The Fix-It Man Tee Shirts - kids' sizes available - models not included 😜 - $20.00

You could look this stunning in your favourite picture book

The Fix-It Man Mugs - various designs available - $10.00
Choose from the designs below
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I'm just a click away from connecting you and your children to their next great story experience. Get in touch, soon. I'd love to give Santa an excuse to find a bigger sack.


Tuesday, 5 December 2017

Drivetime Delights with Dim, Ang and Matt Webber ABC Radio


When ABC Radio Gold Coast asked if I'd be interested in sharing some book recommendations with their listeners, I didn't have to think too hard and long about the answer - YOU BET. I mean, after a bowlful of fruit mince pies slathered in brandy custard, it's practically what I live for - sharing great stories for kids with as many people as possible.

Angela Sunde and Dimity chatting up a storm on ABC Radio
Teaming up with fellow Gold Coast author and illustrator, Angela Sunde, was the cherry on the pudding for me. What better way to spend an hour or two chatting about books and ... for our first segment - yes, there will be more to follow 😀 - CHRISTMAS.

We aren't quite Hamish and Andy but we LOVE BOOKS and we can't wait to share more of our recommendations with you all.
Dim & Ang's Drivetime Radio session

Click on the radio image above to hear our first drive time session with Matt, aired last month. You might even pick up a great gift idea for those hard to please little people in your family this Christmas. Enjoy. And stay tuned for more on ABC Radio Gold Coast 91.7 ABC.

Tuesday, 21 November 2017

Showcasing Storytelling with Kindergo and Puppies

The single most important thing in cultivating a love of reading in children is to engage them in the story. How this is done, through which ever medium, is almost inconsequential for the key to full engagement, I believe, will always lie within the story itself.
Kindergo Avartar excited about being in my Pet Island blog post
If the heart of the story is strong and purposeful, if it reads true and speaks directly to the age group it is written for, then it will be a winner no matter how it is relayed. Forever mindful of this, I have been adapting a few picture book stories, written over the last decade or so, as creative content for the Kindergo app found at Kindergo Kids.
Kindergo Avatar brought to life with AR
Kindergo Kids is a safe, curated digital storytelling platform that delivers enhanced reading experiences for 2 - 5 year-olds. They provide quality, immersive, entertaining stories grouped on a variety of themed islands. These archipelagos of creative content offer youngsters and their parents, unlimited learning opportunities through self-navigation and discovery.

I have a number of digi picture books included on future islands, but am puppy-dog-ecstatic to see Have You Seen My Spots? released on the newly discovered, Pet Island. Download this app for free to experience Dash the Dalmatian's dilemmas and joys.

There's nothing like having a new puppy to bring a smile on your face. I hope my stories do, too.

This week, Kindergo invited me to visit Pet Island and reveal a little more about my love of kids lit and ... pets. Click on the image below to read all about it.


Monday, 16 October 2017

Kids Book Review - Revamp

When you go down to the woods today...


It's spring time and we've been having a bit of a spruce up at Kids' Book Review. I can bearly contain my delight at having these beaut little bears (and one Koala) on board as our logo and on our new look banner.

We owe our furry new look to KBR founder and editor-in-chief, Tania McCartney

And even though KBR now has a bear or two in there, we are still the same superlative, one stop reviewing site for all things in Kids' Literature. So why not pop in one day and visit me* and my fabulous team of contributors to discover what the bears are reading.

* I am Kids' Book Review's Managing Editor and therefore the biggest kid on the team who loves to while away her days in the wonderful, wacky, written world of words for kids. 

Sunday, 15 October 2017

Mystery, Mayhem and Magic! Blog Tour with Marion Martineer

I've been tootling around writers' groups for over eight years or so now. They are always seeping with new knowledge, eager scribes and unbridled passion to pen something wonderful which often spills over into exciting writing projects.  

The Ten Penners is a group of dedicated writers that encompasses all these elements of story telling and more. Today I welcome one of the founding members of this group, Marion Martineer to discuss more about their latest project, Mystery, Mayhem and Magic! 

Ten Penners Co-ordinator and children's author, Marion Martineer
Come with us as we launch into their Blog Tour.