Story time with…
Monday 1 July
FREE, but bookings required as space is limited
Join us for a special school holiday story time with award-winning children’s author Caz Goodwin to celebrate her recent picture book – Lazy Daisy is a funny rhyming story about friendship, compromise and an extremely lazy ‘dog’. The children will hear the story, enjoy rhyming songs and learn some fun facts about Australia’s native koalas. There will also be a craft activity.
Suitable for ages 3+
All of Jasper’s dreams come true when he finds his very own ‘puppy dog’ to walk in Centenary Park. But Daisy the ‘dog’ isn’t much of a walker — she tends to spend most of her day climbing gumtrees and dozing. If only someone would explain to Jasper that Daisy is a koala, NOT a dog! Just as Jasper’s about to give up on his dream, he has a madcap idea of how Daisy can still join him on his daily walk, whether she’s asleep or not.
Lazy Daisy is a hilarious rhyming story that will have kids doubled over with laughter.
***THIS YEAR’S COMPETITION HAS FINISHED***
***SEE WRAP UP AND WINNERS HERE***
To celebrate Children’s Book Week each year we hold a kids story-writing competition. There are Farrells book vouchers up for grabs as prizes and winning entries are published on our website. You can see some past winners here and here (click on the winning titles to see the story).
Come along to our AUTHOR VISIT for the announcement of the winners!
(see details below)
There are five different age groups:
Lower Primary: Prep and Year 1
Middle Primary: Years 2 to 4
Upper Primary: Years 5 and 6
Lower Secondary: Years 7 to 9
Upper Secondary: Years 10 to 12
Entries may be in picture story or short story formats.
Primary level short stories must not exceed 2 pages/1000 words.
Secondary level short stories limited to 3 pages/1500 words.
Only entries within the word limits will be read, so practice your editing skills!
In all groups, limits of one individual entry and one collaborative entry per person.
Hard copy entries can be dropped in our competition box in store.
Electronic entries should be in either PDF or Microsoft Word format and can be submitted to email@example.com with the Subject: CBW 2019 Story Comp.
Please ensure you include your name, age, contact information (phone and email) and group of entry.
Entries close Sunday 30 June
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST
3pm IN STORE
With guest author, JANE GODWIN
Jane Godwin is a the highly acclaimed author of over twenty-five books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations, including the Queensland Premier’s Award (Children’s Books), the Aurealis Award and the Animal Welfare Award, and shortlistings in the CBC Book of the Year Awards, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, the New South Wales State Literary Award (Patricia Wrightson Prize) the YABBA Awards, the Speech Pathology Awards, The Family Award for Children’s Books, and the Australian Book Industry Awards.
So what will you write about?
You could use the Children’s Book Week theme from this year – “Reading is my Secret Power” – as a starting point.
Think about some favourite books you love to read and see if you can create something similar.
For those of you writing picture story books, have a look at the Scholastic Story Starter. (Be sure to get Mum and Dad’s okay to use the computer).
For Groups 2-4, have a look at Andy Griffith’s Once Upon A Slime for some tips on writing or check out this YouTube video of him speaking with a school group about how to write.
Ask your school librarian or teacher for some ideas.
Be creative! Your imagination is a unique and wonderful thing – so put it to good use!
We can’t wait to see what wonderful creative stories you share with us.
We were delighted to welcome Andrew McDonald and Ben Wood, author and illustrator of Real Pigeons Fight Crime, to help us celebrate Children’s Book Week 2018, if a little belatedly. And boy did we use ALL our new space post-renovations!! What an incredible crowd we had, with well over a hundred budding authors and illustrators and their families joining us for a great afternoon.
Andrew and Ben entertained us and shared what it was like to collaborate to create a book like Real Pigeons – and even created a whole new pigeon character with the help of the crowd – perhaps we’ll see a nose-shaped pigeon with the superpower of ‘super snoring’ in one of the next books?! (Real Pigeons Eat Danger, Book 2, will be out in November)
But of course, everyone was also there to hear the announcement of the winners of this year’s Story Writing Competition. With a record 195 entries across 5 categories from lower primary to upper secondary, we certainly had a massive task on our hands deciding on the winners. If we could, we’d give EVERYONE a prize, but for those who missed out this year – keep honing your skills and delving into that imagination and maybe next year will be YOUR year!!
So congratulations to the winners for this year, who were as follows:
(click on the individual titles to read the story)
Lower Primary School
Amelie Masters for Little Brown Bear
Fehin Contini for The Wawel and the Witch
Middle Primary School
Rowan Fitzgerald for Charlie’s Adventure to the Planets
Louis Morgan for Oh Winter Weather
Lily Grant for The Forgotten Name
Bethany Greenstreet for Bessie’s Story
Gwendolin Mapp for Zara’s Ice-cream
Mia Spicer for Miranda
Upper Primary School
Anya Renwick for The Wheel of Life
Isabel York for Bluebell Farm
Lower Secondary School
Emily Marthick for Hugo Essay
Charli Lloyd for Sincerely Dorothy
Alex Tepaske for The Edge of Insanity
Upper Secondary School
Elise Harrington for Remember September
Thanks to everyone for being involved in our Story Competition this year – it is truly one of our favourite times of year and we feel so blessed to be a part of a community that is so invested in reading, writing and the arts!! Bring on 2019!!!
The third year of our Children’s Book Week Story Writing Competition and we were yet again blown away by the number and quality of the entries we received. We absolutely love that the community is embracing story writing and feel very lucky to be able to read through your highly imaginative creations.
We were delighted to have such a fantastic turn out for the prizes presentation on Saturday 26 August, with the fabulous Alan Brough ably assisting. You all asked such insightful questions of him – he was very impressed – and we were all thoroughly entertained by his reading from Charlie and the Karaoke Cockroaches. We’re all looking forward to the third installment of the Charlie series some time next year – hopefully he can come up with a better title than ‘Charlie and the <insert title here>‘ by then!!
Unfortunately, there can only be a few winners and our judging task was a difficult one as usual, but we are pleased to announce the 2017 winners as follows:
LOWER PRIMARY (Prep – Yr 3)
Niah Barker – Life Saving Foxes
Lulu Bowman – Arabella Finds Her Power
Caleb Hatch – The Dream World
Jude Shannon – Andy Man
UPPER PRIMARY (Yr 3 – 6)
Hayden Bowes – Cookie Cutter Rises
Sash Horner – Open Minded
Emma O’Neill – Captive
Lauren Sinclair – The Great Barrier Reef
Sienna Whyte – The Little Fighter
LOWER SECONDARY (Yr 7 – 9)
Tara Bull – Missing in Venice
Alex Tepaske – Finally Detected
Emily Van Shaik – Unleashed
We have uploaded the winning entries, so click on the links if you’d like to have a read.
If you didn’t win a prize this year, don’t be disheartened – keep working at your stories and illustrations, and read lots for inspiration – next year might be your year!! As Alan told us today, sometimes you just have to start writing SOMETHING, even if it turns out to be not very good – at least it gives you something to work at until you get to your best story.
We have prepared a certificate for every entrant – you can collect yours in store – just ask our friendly staff.
Please note: we will dispose of any certificates and stories not collected by the end of October.
Thanks for helping us celebrate
Children’s Book Week 2017
– we can’t wait to see what you’ll have for us next year!!