It's war! Birthday War!

A brand NEW Alice Toolie book JUST came out this week! Time to shine! If we’re being serious adult type people this book is all about the challenges of collaboration and friendship through the lens of Antarctic history... BUT if we’re honest it’s about CAKE! Dogs in drones, 3D printed jelly beans and birthday disaster!

Birthday Wars is a book written entirely in letters by Alice and her enemy Jimmy Cook. Bring on the Birthday Wars!

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Kate and Jol on the ABC

At Katejoltemple.com we're not afraid of a little trumpet blowing. TOOT! So when we got the offer to step into the booth at ABC Radio National and talk about Room On Our Rock with the sparkly Hamish Macdonald – that was a yes. And what fun we had! As it was Refugee Week, it came at a great time, giving us the chance to talk about the role fiction has to play in helping build empathy on big social issues. It's not often that children's literature gets national exposure and we're very grateful to have an ABC that makes it possible.  

Jimmy Cook makes the 2018 CBCA Noteables!

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You can't keep a good captain down! Captain Jimmy Cook X Marks the Spot has dug his way out of trouble only to find himself sitting pretty on the Children's Book Council of Australia Notable list for 2018. Gold Star Jimmy!

We were lucky enough to have the CBCA award Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade Honour Book at last year's book awards and it was nothing short of terrific. There are many of our favourite authors and illustrators on this years list with wonderful books. Some of them we'd read already and others are now on our reading list. Well done everyone!