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Today, 5th December, marks the 100th anniversary of the publication of Gumnut Babies by May Gibbs.

First published on 5 December 1916, and retailing at one shilling and sixpence. the first print run of 3,000 books sold out before Christmas. The characters, cute, innocent anthropomorphised gumnuts and gum-blossoms were extremely popular with the war weary public in Australia.

Read more about May Gibbs and her writings..

When May Gibbs died in 1969, she left her estate to the United Nations Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) and all her artworks, papers and copyright to the NSW Society for Crippled Children (now The Northcott Society) and the Spastic Centre of NSW (now the Cerebral Palsy Alliance).

In 1970 the two charities presented the May Gibbs archive to the State Library of NSW.

Images copyright - The Northcott Society  and Cerebral Palsy Alliance 2016.

To celebrate this anniversary, the State Library of New South Wales is hosting a free display featuring the original illustrations and beautiful reproductions from May Gibb’s much loved children’s books.

Souriante [self portrait, smiling], by May Gibbs, c.1923. 

May Gibbs: Celebrating 100 years is on display until 

26 February 2017.

anonymous asked:

your birb post is like a children's book i love it

funny you say that, i’m an aspiring children’s book author and illustrator. it’s been my dream profession since i was a toddler pretty much. so thank you this means a lot!


Thunder Rose (2007)

“Thunder Rose is an African-American child born on a stormy night abuzz with booming thunder, flashing lightning, and hailing rain. Her parents are awestruck by her remarkable gifts, which include forming a ball out of lightning, speaking in full sentences minutes after her birth, and snoring through a booming, thunderous rumble. 

It is clear that Rose is no ordinary child. She can lift a cow over her head and almost drink it dry, and as she grows, she does incredible metalwork with scraps of iron she finds around the ranch. She uses her handiwork to restrain cattle, round up would-be rustlers, and lasso and squeeze the rain out of the clouds. She fearlessly faces down a couple of tornadoes and calms them with her “song of thunder." 

Nolen and Nelson offer up a wonderful tale of joy and love, as robust and vivid as the wide West.”

By Jerdine Nolen, Illustrator: Kadir Nelson

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Teaching your child to never say “no” to an authority is not preparing them for adulthood. At all. Instead, it prepares them to fall into patterns of abuse or dysfunction. It prepares them to obey an unreasonable or abusive boss rather than going to HR or quitting and finding another job. And so forth. Children need to know that they can say “no” to those in authority over them, both as children and, in the future, as adults. 

In the present, before they grow up, teaching children not to say “no” to an adult makes them perfect targets for abusers. A child who has been taught never—ever—to say “no” to an adult is laid open and ready for grooming and abuse. Children very badly need to know that they can say “no” to adults.

How to Find a Fox (2016) 

“Equipped with a camera and determination, a little girl sets out to track down an elusive red fox. But foxes are sneaky, and it proves more difficult than she thought.

Nilah Magruder’s debut picture book charmingly tells the story of what it means to not give up and how sometimes what you’re looking for is closer than you think.”

By  Nilah Magruder 

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Nilah Magruder is an award-winning writer, illustrator, and storyboard artist. She has received the inaugural Dwayne McDuffie Award for diversity, in recognition for her web comic M.F.K. In addition to comics, she has illustrated for children’s books, film, and commercial television as well as Disney and DreamWorks.

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One Crazy Summer

In this Newbery Honor novel, New York Times bestselling author Rita Williams-Garcia tells the story of three sisters who travel to Oakland, California, in 1968 to meet the mother who abandoned them.

P.S. Be Eleven

In this Coretta Scott King Award-winning novel and sequel to the New York Times bestseller and Newbery Honor Book One Crazy Summer, the Gaither sisters return to Brooklyn and find that changes large and small have come to their home. This extraordinary novel earned five starred reviews, with Publishers Weekly calling it “historical fiction that’s as full of heart as it is of heartbreak” and The Horn Book considering it “funny, wise, poignant, and thought-provoking.”

Gone Crazy in Alabama

Powerful and humorous, this companion to the award-winning One Crazy Summer and P.S. Be Eleven will be enjoyed by fans of the first two books as well as by readers meeting these memorable sisters for the first time.

Author: Rita Williams-Garcia

Okay, legitimate question time about Hogwarts’ Hospital Wing and what actually necessitates a visit to St Mungos.

  • Petrified by a basilisk? Nah. It may take all year, but we’ll just keep them here, sorry muggle parents.
  • Turned into an anthromorphic cat? No worries! Pomfrey will figure it out. Eventually.
  • Nearly killed by Department of Mysteries miscellany and numerous Death Eaters? They’re fiiiine.
  • Possessed by Voldemort for nearly a year? Dumbledore says all you need is a nap, stop whining.
  • Ravaged my an un-turned werewolf? Like St Mungos would know what to do, Mrs W just give Fleur that salve already.
  • Cursed by a necklace? No tha– oh, crap. Yes alright, take her to Mungos.

Damn, Poppy Pomfrey has her hands full.

And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don’t believe in magic will never find it.

Ronald Dahl

Roald Dahl born on this day 100 years ago , 13th September 1916.

Roald Dahl was born on 13 September 1916, in Llandaff, Wales. This date is celebrated internationally as Roald Dahl Day. His books have sold over 250 million copies worldwide.

Dahl is known for his unique style of writing for children, which incorporates fantasy into the real world, and much of his writing was influenced by specific childhood experiences.

Dahl wrote 19 books for children which include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, The Witches, Fantastic Mr Fox, The BFG, and The Twits.  Some of these, including Matilda, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and recently The BFG have been made into very successful movies. His adult works include Tales of the Unexpected.

The State Library of New South Wales holds copies of his many books and also translations into other languages, including Spanish, Polish and Macedonian.

Dahl died of leukaemia on 23 November 1990.


2 Halves Make Me Whole (2014)

“2 Halves Make Me Whole is a charming look at the life of a little boy named Jackson, who chronicles his journey with parents who are effectively co-parenting nearly a thousand miles apart. Because being separated by land is no match for hearts forever connected by love. Brilliantly illustrated and beautifully told, this heart-warming tale is perfect for sharing.“

Written by Tiffany D Taylor, art by Christopher L Bivins

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For more than a decade, Tiffany D. Taylor has been an entertainment writer for numerous newspapers, blogs, and magazines around the globe. Taylor has interviewed musical legends including B.B. King, Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, Run DMC, and a host of other famous voices and faces. Tiffany now shares her passion with the world through her first children’s book, 2 Halves Make Me Whole. Tiffany lives in Kansas City, Kansas with her beautiful son Jackson Jay and an abundance of family.

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I Am Living in 2 Homes

Jay and Nia are the children of two worlds and two homes. Follow the twins from I Am Mixed as they both address the difficulties of having parents who are no longer together and discover the benefits of having two very different homes to explore and enjoy.

I Am Living in 2 Homes is the second installment in the I Am book series, which shines a light on and celebrates the ever-growing diversity that exists in the lives of today’s children.

I Am Living in 2 Homes and I Am Mixed were co-created and co-written by celebrity actress and TV personality Garcelle Beauvais.



Furqan’s First Flat Top, El primer corte de mesita de Furqan (2016)

“Furqan Moreno wakes up and decides that today he wants his hair cut for the first time. His dad has just the style: a flat top fade! He wants his new haircut to be cool but when they get to the barbershop, he’s a bit nervous about his decision. 

He begins to worry that his hair will look funny, imagining all the flat objects in his day to day life. Before he knows it, his haircut is done and he realizes that his dad was right-Furqan’s first flat top is the freshest!

“Furqan’s First Flat Top” is a bilingual children’s book about the love between and father and son, reassurance, imagination, and of course a “flat top”. ”

 by Robert Liu-Trujillo

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“My name is Robert Liu-Trujillo. I am the author and illustrator of “Furqan’s First Flat Top”. I was born in Oakland, California and raised all across the Bay Area. I’m a visual artist, father, and a husband who employs the use of illustration, public art, and storytelling to tell tales. These tales manifest in a variety of forms and they reflect my cultural background, dreams, and political / personal beliefs. 

My motivation to do what I do is to unearth beautiful and un-told stories, to be a positive and nurturing influence on my son, and to honor my ancestors and family who worked so hard for me to be here. I love music, nerdy things, and can get along well with most people. I seek fun, ice cream, and justice.”

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