“Children will associate emotions tied to their favourite toys with Tock’s story. They may even question what these world events are about and seek to learn more about the history that built their world. There are endless possibilities hidden in this well-constructed and beautifully illustrated book.”
I am honoured to have CPL Julian Rankin (currently deployed with The Australian Defence Force in the Middle East) read Anzac Ted for Anzac Day 2020. To watch click here.
With respect and gratitude we wish to thank our service men and women – past, present and future – who defend our country everyday.
If you want to make quick, easy and delicious Anzac Ted biscuits with award-winning author-illustrator Belinda Landsberry CLICK HERE!
All tools and ingredients are listed in the video.
Commemorate Anzac Day 2020 at home with some lovely Anzac Ted biscuits!
For anyone hankering for something uplifting, here’s the fabulous Ken Williams from Reading With A Chance of Tacos. Ken has selected the best bits from his interviews with some really cool children’s authors! Have a listen here!
This website provides a myriad of learning resources and activities for both teachers and parents of children being homeschooled. Resources for Anzac Ted are available now for this Anzac Day, 26th April.
For Teaching Resources click here.
“Sometimes, the voices from the past are yearning to be heard.”
So excited to be working with EK Books once again, to launch my much-awaited second book, Once, I was Loved.
An old toy rabbit finds himself in a box of toys donated to charity. “But it wasn’t always this way,” Tock reflects sadly, “Once, I was loved.”
From World War II to Rock ‘n’ Roll, from the Moon Landing to the Hippie Movement and the birth of the Internet, this is the story of the children who loved Tock across the decades.
A celebration of the timelesss nature of love set against the backdrop of iconic moments of the 20th century, this heart-warming story will resonate with anyone who has ever cherished a childhood toy.
As for the idea behind Once, I was Loved, well as usual, it came to me when I least expected it.
I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to being fascinated by toys. They call to me.
I’ve always been fascinated in Op Shops and as I wandered the cluttered aisles, I ponder the stories behind so many pre-loved treasures. An old wooden rocking horse, a retro metallic robot, and a china-faced doll were all looking for new homes. As I sorted through the toy box, questions started tugging at my sleeve: How many children had these toys loved… and lost? What iconic moments in history had they seen? Whose hands – and hearts – had they held?
And the seed for Once, I was Loved was planted.
If you ask, most adults will freely – though somewhat sheepishly – admit to still owning a cherished childhood toy. I love that. After all, toys are a gentle reminder of the child in us all.
“They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old; age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, we will remember them.”
Today, on the ANZAC Day Centenary, we remember the efforts of not only the men but also the women who toiled alongside the soldiers during wartime. Whether these women were nurses at the front or stayed at home to literally “keep the home fires burning”, their role was just as important as those of the men they supported.
This war mural (in colour) on the GrainCorp Silo painted by Melbourne artist Cam Scale, illustrates two women who, although separated by a century, remain inextricably linked by their role in the protection of our country.
The silo is a poignant reminder of the female influence during all wars, as Scale stated; it “would show the changing role of nursing and of women’s role in society and the military”. (Latrobe Valley Express, C. Webb)
Lest we forget.
I’m thrilled beyond measure that Anzac Ted has been honoured with inclusion in the very special children’s war book exhibition, Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages!
The exhibition kicked off in Brisbane in February and is the brain-child of renowned New Zealand author, Maria Gill and will be displayed in libraries around Australia for the duration of 2017 and 2018. One of only 25 books to be featured from renowned Australian and New Zealand children’s book authors, Anzac Ted is certainly keeping hallowed company!
The exhibition covers some fabulous “behind the scenes” material regarding the research behind and making of a children’s war book. Including everything from pictures of original story boards to interviews with original ANZACS, if you only see one exhibition this year see this one! Incredibly moving and highly educational, this is something for the whole family including grandma and grandpa, so make sure you bring them along.
Look out for Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages Exhibition – and of course Anzac Ted – coming to a library near you! And don’t forget, Anzac Ted can be found at www.anzacted.com.
As promised, here’s my recap for 2016! And wow! What an incredible year it was, too!
February kicked off the year with Anzac Ted nominated for the prestigious 2016 Western Australian Young Readers’ Book Award. By April Anzac Ted had also been released in paperback in Australia and New Zealand!
After six months of research, June saw me start a new writing adventure into YA Fiction. I’d wanted to write this story for years and finally sat down to do it! Needless to say I love, love, love writing it and am looking forward to getting it “out there” in the near future.
August and September morphed from Book Week into Book Month as Anzac Ted and I took to the road and visited lots of schools and met lots of wonderful children, teachers and parents who all love books!
September came with the brilliant news that Anzac Ted had hit the “best seller” list. Ted and I were also asked to appear as guest speakers for EK Books at the 2016 SCBWI Australia and New Zealand Conference at the Menzies in Sydney.
Suffice to say, while I “stole” the microphone in the room my original Anzac Ted teddy bear stole the hearts!
Again in September (it was a BIG month!) I was asked by the fabulous NZ author, Maria Gill, if I’d like Anzac Ted to take part in the 2017 Anzac Stories: Behind the Pages exhibition. Would I? Heck yes! This incredible exhibition kicks off in Brisbane in early 2017 so look out for it coming to a library near you!