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Kate and Jol Temple
BIO: Kate and Jol are internationally award-winning children’s book authors. Their hilarious history inspired book, Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade was selected as Honour Book for Children’s Book Council of Australia and inspired the popular series Yours Troolie Alice Toolie. Their picture book Room on Our Rock won the 2020 Charlotte Huck award and has been translated into 22 languages. It is an allegory about empathy and refugees and can be read front-to-back or back-to-front for a very different perspective. Their new picture book is about a bird that is close to every child’s heart (and lunch box) it is called BIN CHICKEN.
They regularly visit schools and writers’ festivals to talk ideas and books with kids.
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Stage 1, 2, 3
With picture books and junior fiction Kate and Jol speak to both junior and senior primary. Where possible it is preferred that students are grouped by ages as the presentations and workshops are tailored to each stage.
• Genre / Subject areas
Humour and word play, picture books, writing style, tone of voice and letter writing.
• Content types (e.g. Author talks, workshops, storytimes, etc.)
Kate and Jol offer interactive author talks that combine readings with the ideas that bring stories to life. The talks are funny, engaging and give kids an engaging insight to the writing process and offer tips and inspiration for their own writing.
Kate and Jol also offer storytimes reading from one of their many picture books for stage 1 and workshops for stage 2/3.
• Format / platform: Live talks via skype or zoom.
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