Christmas stocking fillers, fun for kids…

Being near the end of November with Christmas on our minds I thought it time to put together a list of great books for children and young adults by Australian authors that I’ve met, interviewed or reviewed their books.

For the younger children ‘ Mrs Echidna’s Dilemma’ Betty Johnston Betty Johnstonproduced this beautifully textured book after creating the quilt telling the story. thumb_MrsEchidna-Cover_03

The story quilt was hand-stitched in ‘stump work’, or three-dimensional embroidery, using a wide variety of textures, threads and stitches; the text was back-stitched, and embellished with cross-stitch eucalypts (gum leaves and flowers). Each section features different stitches, and a variety of textures. I completed each panel by hand-stitching it, ‘quilt as you go’ style.

Bailey Beats the Blah coverBailey Beats the BLAH by Karen Tyrrell is for young Primary School age children. Encouraging kids to discuss how they feel and how to cope with change.

Another great picture book by the very talented Dimity Powell is PS: PS Who Stole Santa's Mail CoverWho Stole Santa’s Mail,

Dimity-Jan-2012Dimity is also a passionate advocate of literacy and speaks regularly to children at schools about writing. Brave Sqush Rabbit

Katherine Battersby created the brilliant Squish Rabbit and Brave Squish Rabbit.

pond magicAngela Sundae has a lovely website showcasing Pond Magic.

There are many more so I’ll continue in my next post. Happy Christmas planning…


About jillsmith

I am an author of SciFi Books 'Dual Visions' and it's follow up 'Vashla's world' now retitled Book 1 and Book 2 of the Ancient Alien Series, as I've written the third in the series currently titled Travellers. I also write book reviews, articles and short stories. As a member of The Ten Penners, I've written six short stories in a collaborative our anthology for children called Fan-tas-tic-al Tales (released 2009), and nine stories including a novella in Mystery, Mayhem & Magic (released 2017). They are both available in hard copy and on Amazon as ebooks. I blog to showcase my work. My book reviews appear in PIO (Pass It On) and e-Writeabout. I'm a happy Grandmother to two beautiful girls, wife of the ever tolerant Clive, mother of our son Simon. I work part time and lead a busy life.
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2 Responses to Christmas stocking fillers, fun for kids…

  1. HOW exciting!
    Bailey Beats the Blah listed as a stocking filler for KIDS #selfesteem #mentalhealth … I’ll be sharing 🙂 Thanks Jill 🙂

  2. jillswrites says:

    Hi Karen,
    I’ve a few more stocking filler ideas to add. I hope Bailey is selling like hot cakes.

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