Writing Fun

In this writing fun activity, trace, write and colour the Captain and A Big Blue Boat. Two free activity sheets to download and print. For more literacy fun click here For the A Big Blue Boat Activity Book click here

Purple Dragonfly Awards

Last year I entered A Big Blue Boat in the Story Monsters Purple Dragonfly Awards and then promptly forgot about it This morning an email arrived from the Purple Dragon Awards and I couldn’t believe what I was reading. A Big Blue Boat has received A Purple Dragon Fly honourable mention and a winners badge […]

Port and Starboard

Just like we have a left side and a right side, boats do, too. The left side of the boat is called port. The right side is called starboard. Interesting Fact Early boats had an oar that was used to steer the boat. This was called a steering oar. Most sailors were right-handed. The placed […]

Questions For Susea

Questions for Susea is where you will find the answers to your questions. Susea will attempt to find the answer to any question you ask. Did you find the answer to your question? No? Write to me here and I will try to answer your question.

Fans Page

Susea loves receiving and sharing photos of all things to do with A Big Blue Boat, the beach and the sea on her Fans Page. If you send Susea your favourite photo, she will include it here on her fans page for you to see. WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING? ‘Susea Spray’s story “A Big Blue […]

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 […]