The most comprehensive Onomatopoeia resource online!
Conceived by: Kristen Fulton
Contributors: Myself and many others (see cover).
When I first started writing for children, the word Onomatopoeia kept tripping me up (It IS a pain to spell).
I found out what it meant:
noun [mass noun]
But it wasn't easy to find any resources that dealt with Onomatopoeia exclusively.
The same happened to Kristen Fulton, but she also had the great idea of putting together this fantastic resource. In June 2013 she quickly put out the call for contributors. I could immediately see the benefits to writers so I had to get involved . In a few months Kristen transformed all our contributions into this very attractive and comprehensive little book.
My contributions focused on the City Sounds and People Sounds section of the resource specifically.
Many of the contributors are children's writers. Picture book stories and short stories for children often feature onomatopoeia and rely on sounds to make the story engaging and fun. Sounds can be poetic, funny or grating, but they all help immerse the reader in the story. As a parent or carer reading these stories out loud gives you the chance to put all your dramatics into your voice and a young child a chance to join in.
Here are some examples of picture books featuring onomatopoeia I found while quickly going through my shelf:
We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen
Click Clack Moo: Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin
Rattletrap Car by Phyllis Root
I Saw an Ant on the Railroad Track by Joshua Prince
And here is an example of one of my favourites, The Rain Train by Elena de Roo:
The wail of the wind, the sway of the train
The strum of the wheels, to the beat of the rain
A pitter-pat-pat, a pitter-pat-pat
Open up any comic book and I dare you NOT to find an example of onomatopoeia! Kapow, Boom, Bang, Zoom!
This resource has been put together by many contributors, listed on the cover. Copies may only be downloaded from their individual websites or be produced or shared by them only for your personal use.
Here are those contributors again:
Marice Atkins Sabrina Marchal
Tanja Bauerle Joanna Marple
Margaret Chiu Greanias Yvonne Mes
Sue Frye Saba Negash
Kristen Fulton Susan Rankin-Pollard
Christine Irvin Teresa Robeson
Elaine Kiely Kearns Donna L. Sadd
What is your favourite picture book story featuring Onomatopoeia?
Melanie Hill, Yvonne Mes, Tania Cox, Rebecca Sheraton
In honour of Book Week 2013 The Children’s Book Council of Australia Qld Branch held a dinner last Friday, the 16th of August, for the announcement of the Book of the Year Awards and the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award.
A great way to get an insight into the world of children’s literature in Australia.
Write Link buddies Melanie Hill, Rebecca Sheraton and I made up the delegation of newbie writers/ kidlit groupies.
A few of the things I learned:
To find out more about CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2013 winners check here.
And I did my research: the winner of the Dame Annabelle Rankin Award is Judith Russell. She is the teacher-librarian at Mt Gravatt SHS and the Qld rep for the May Gibbs Trust. Her passion and advocacy for children's literature is amazing.
Cover by Kelly McDonald
I am very excited to be part of and announce the release of:
Teapot Tales: A Collection of Unique Fairy Tales
or maybe the heading should be:
Look, I'm Published!
This anthology features over 30 short stories based on traditional fairy tales or have been created specifically for this anthology by members of the Chapter Book Challenge.
A print version of the books should be available in October.
My story, Tom Thumb in Hot Water, starts where the traditional fairy tale ended and is suitable for young children.
A warning: some stories are not suitable for young children and are deliciously scary.
Rebecca Fyfe from the Chapter Book Challenge has been the driving force behind this project and pulled everything together. She has made it seem effortless, was able to answer anyone's questions and not once did she lose her cool. I think I want to be like her when I grow up.
Proceeds will be used to fund the fabulous Chapter Book Challenge.
I also contributed a cover for Teapot Tales, I was pretty pleased with it, but missed out this time.
I love the cover design by Kelly McDonald, it has mystery and intrigue and you just have to open it up and see what stories will follow.
The book is available on Amazon. Click here for the USA version or UK version.
It is going to be a busy month for Children's Authors and Illustrators around Brisbane. I know it will be for me, I will be attending my first writing conference in September, StoryArts Festival Ipswich, and will be attending many of the following events.
Here are some of the incredible events taking place in August and September, and you are not too late to book in for most of these:
And what an excuse to buy a new notebook, sketchbook, a pen and paints. Ooh yeah!
CBCA Dine with the stars!!
The Children's Book Council of Australia Qld Branch will be hosting a dinner. Dine with the stars! Ten authors and illustrators will be sharing your table. Stephen Axelsen, Chris Bongers, Steph Bowe, Peter Carnavas, Sherryl Clark, Tania Cox, Brian Falkner, Lucia Masciullo, James Moloney, and Judith Rossell.
Friday, August 16th 6pm - 9.30pm
Picture Book Workshop with Sherryl Clark
SCBWI in collaboration with Book Links Qld brings an exciting opportunity for creators interested in writing picture books. Suits developing writers and also more experienced authors wanting to access Sherryl's vast experience, skills and knowledge.
Sunday, August 18th 12 - 5pm
SCBWI Qld networking meeting: Gold Coast area
Saturday, August 24th
Write Links - Creating Kids' Books - Professional Development and Critique Group
Guests this month:
Pamela Rushby talks about how to pitch your book.
Mia Macrossan, Judge of the CBCA Awards shares Books of the Year Award insights.
The group started this year and meets monthly at the State Library Queensland to network. Hosted by Book Links Qld. For more information please contact Book Links Qld or contact me.
Saturday, August 31st 1pm
StoryArts Festival Ipswich - Festival of Children's Literature
There is a Children's Program and an Adult's Program. The Adult's program takes place on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 13 - 14 September.
Not only is this a fantastic opportunity for writers and teachers this program also features several workshops with and for illustrators.
Workshops are available with: Margaret Hamilton, Alison Lester, Gus Gordon, Leila Rudge, Sarah Davis, Dee Huxley, Mike Spoor, Lucia Masciullo, Briony Stewart, Mark Carthew, Alison Lloyd, Carole Wilkinson, Meg McKinlay, Leila Rudge, Leonie Norrington, Meredith Costain, Maureen McCarthy, Tanya Batt.
There are still some spots available for your appointment with professional editors, Helen Chamberlin (Windy Hollow Books) and/ or Sue Whiting (Walker Books). But appointments are filling up fast.
September 9 - 17
Have I missed any events for children's authors and illustrators in August or September? Please let me know.
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