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The Book Cow Kingston

There are only 4 days until we bring A Big Blue Boat to The Book Cow Kingston. I am looking forward to meeting everyone as I share the story of A Big Blue Boat. 2 stories to share, activities to make, books to buy and have signed. Tickets are FREE. Just click on the image […]

Sailing: Mathematics & Science & Physics

Did you know that sailing is a combination of maths & science & physics? Learning to sail isn’t just a matter of hopping into a boat and setting sail. More often than not, you would find yourself capsizing or in other crazy situations. To be a good sailor, there are many things you must learn […]

Across the Curriculum

A Big Blue Boat and the topic of sailing boats can be can be incorporated across the curriculum for children of all ages. As the A Big Blue Boat series grows, the topics of study will continue to increase. This page will assist you with discovering what is possible…

Our Shell Harbour

An Australian Secret Author: Karen Hendriks Illustrator: Emma Stuart Publisher: Little Shell Books Year: 2024 Image: Cover of 2024 1st edition Australia has many hidden treasures. Shell Harbour is one of them. In this beautifully illustrated book, Karen Hendriks has brought the Shell Harbour region to life. Children will also love the onomatopoeia scattered throughout […]

The Book Cow

A Big Blue Boat is now available at The Book Cow in Canberra. I had the privilege of meeting with Peter at the Book Cow book shop in Canberra late last week. I can now share the news that a number of the A Big Blue Boat books and the acitivity book are now available […]

Flying Fish

When my husband and I were sailing, we often saw flying fish leaping out of the water as they tried to escape from predators. When there were storms, we sometimes found waves had thrown flying fish onto the deck. One morning when the sea was nice and calm, I was very surprised to discover one […]

Sail, Sail, Sail Your Boat Sail, Sail, Sail Your Boat

Adapted from ‘Row, Row, Row Your Boat’ by Susea, Sail, Sail, Sail Your Boat is a fun song about A Big Blue Boat.

The Anchor

The anchor is an important piece of equipment on a boat. It locks into sand or mud and stops the boat from floating away. After long weeks at sea, it’s lovely hearing the rattle and clang as the anchor races towards the seabed. The anchor on Lesley’s illustrations in ‘A Big Blue Boat’ is called […]

Powerpoints Presentations

Powerpoint presentations are ready to go! I prefer to use hand held imaging as I talk to my audiences. This works well for small groups, but for large audiences it’s problematic as those at the back can’t see. Between travelling and author vists, the past few weeks have found me creating various powerpoint presentations and […]

Author Visits Gallery

Welcome to the Author Visits Gallery. I love sharing A Big Blue Boat’s journey during my author visits at schools and libraries and the author visits gallery is a place to share some of that joy with you. My large map has the children intrigued from the moment they walk in. For author Library visits […]