Rhythm, Beat and Repetition in Picture Books

Rhythm, beat and repetition in picture books assists with developing communication, phonological awareness, syllabification, and fluency. I watched a show about autism and women a couple of years ago and a lot of buttons went click, click, click. Each click provided a reason for how I think, act and process. It explained why I am […]

What’s It Like Being An Author?

What’s it like being an author? It’s lots of fun. I love playing with words and it’s one of the best things about writing. Sometimes the words don’t want to play, so I put the story away until they do. Visiting children at schools and libraries is another great thing about being an author. I […]

How do you sleep on the boat?

Sleeping on a boat is like sleeping on a bed in a house. When we are in a marina, or anchored, we sleep in our bed in the cabin. Cabin is the word for a bedroom on a boat. When we sail, we sleep in the cockpit or on a seat in the lounge. We […]

K-1 Literacy Pack Well Underway

Containing ideas, activites and games, the K-1 Literacy Pack is well on the way to completion. Books are such a great source for learning, and A Big Blue Boat is perfect for this. To assist teachers of the K-1 year levels (also referred to a R-1 or F-1), I am creating this pack filled with […]

New Illustrations

The first sequel to A Big Blue Boat is coming closer to fruition. In this new rhythmic, rhyming story, what ocean living animals will a big blue boat and her captain see? This morning, Lesley sent a couple of photos through and I just have to give you a small peek of a section from […]

Dear Earth

DEAR EARTH Author: Isabel Otter Illustrator: Clara Anganuzzi Publisher: Little Tiger Press Year: 2020 I found this beautiful picture book the other day. Being an author who writes picture books about sailing, loves anything to do with the sea, and wants to see our world saved, the title and exquisite imagery on the cover drew me in. […]

Library Visits

Walcha, Laurieton, Port Maquarie & Wauchope Libraries Visiting the libraries of Walcha, Port Macquarie, Laurieton and Wauchope this week has been so much fun. Thank you Cassie, Penny, and your fellow librarians for welcoming me to your libraries. I look forward to returning when the A Big Blue Boat sequel is ready. Thank you parents […]

Newsletter: The VON

The VON, otherwise known as The Very Occasional Newsletter is Susea’s 6 monthly news where she updates you on what has been happening.

If I Had A Big Blue Boat

It’s difficult to find boat stories that are written for little girls that aren’t based on dreams or imagination. ‘If I had a Big Blue Boat’ by Susan James Fry is an oldie, and based upon the imagination of a young lass. Beautiful, bright colourful illustrations bring to life the child’s dream of what she […]

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?

GREAT FOR THE EARLY READER Author:             Bill Martin Jr Illustrator:         Eric Carle Picture Puffin;  1st edition (2 November 2021) ‘Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?’ is one of my all – time favourite children’s picture books. When I taught, it was always a hit with the 5 to 6 year olds. It’s rhythm […]