Jackie French; Libby Gleeson; Margaret Wild; Gabrielle Wang; Colin Thompson; Julia Donaldson; Sherryl Clark; Sally Odgers; Peter Carnavas; Bronwyn Bancroft; Monteiro Lobato (Brazil’s most influential writer of children’ books), to name a few.
Freya Blackwood; Gabrielle Wang; Kit Williams; Anthony Browne; Bruce Whatley; Axel Scheffler; Matt Ottley; Peter Carnavas; Bronwyn Bancroft; Laura Vaccaro Seeger; Lucia Masciullo, to name just a few!
Reading and a love of books is an important element in a child’s development. Thus, I’m draw to the idea of making a contribution to a child’s development through my stories. My four grandchildren, aged ten to two, add to this motivation.
As a teenager (a long time ago!), I wrote poetry. When my children were little, growing up in Belém, Brazil, I wrote stories for them, but never sought publication. As a research psychologist, my writing and publishing was of an academic nature. But in the last 2 years, with the arrival of grandchildren, I found myself becoming more and more motivated to write for children again, and had my first story published in November 2013.
I particularly like Scholastic and Walker Books Australia & NZ, but any publishing company interested in my stories would be a dream publisher.
Any time I can possibly grab, but never late at night.
My goal is to write well-crafted children’ books that resonates with publishers and readers.
I’m inspired by folktales of the Amazon, particularly about animal tricksters, and by events in my childhood. Stories children tell me or that I overhead them telling others also provide inspiration for stories.
I enjoy writing stories depicting animals, particularly those from the Amazon rainforest, and a theme that weaves itself into these stories, never in an overt way, is the need to protect these animals, since so many are now critically endangered. Another theme is the empowering of girls to follow their dreams and achieve their potential.
All books by Monteiro Lobato, Brazil’s most influential writer of children’ books. I learned so much from his books and can still laugh at his characters’ antics, set in the Yellow Woodpecker Farm. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monteiro_Lobato#Children_books
Fast paced, humorous, poignant, and thoughtful.
My earliest memory places me as a six years old writing letters to my father, who was travelling for work. In those letters I told him what was happening in our family in a style that you could say was story like. I still have one such letter, which he kept and gave back to me years later.