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!

Room On Our Rock – our new book

This is the cover of our brand new book ROOM ON OUR ROCK. It's a pretty special thing. It's a book about sharing that can be read front-to-back or back-to-front for a very different perspective on the same story. We’re hearing from schools, teacher/librarians and parents that little kids are enjoying this book as a story about empathy and thinking about others where as older readers are making connections to social issues. It's very exciting to see the book resonating with so many different age groups. 

We, along with the talented NZ artist Terri Rose-Baynton and publisher Scholastic, are donating $1 from the sale of each book towards Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation's Refugee Action Support. It's a program that helps refugee students get the literacy support they need to meet the challenges of the classroom. We're puffed-up-chestproud to be a part of it. 

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Adelaide Writers' Week Invites Us Back

You can't say they weren't warned, but the lovely folk at Adelaide Writers' Week have asked us back for 2018! How great. We love this garden festival of words and the Kids' Weekend is second to none. We'll be reading our brand new book (out Feb) and doing a Captain Jimmy Cook session. Can't wait!

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Squishy Minnie Children's Bookshop Visit!

It was neither squishy or minnie – other than that SquishyMinnie is everything I'd dreamed it would be. It's a ridiculously charming children's bookshop in Kyneton, Vic. It's so homely and delightful that you expect it to be run by a family of kindly babushka dolls and their pet penguin, Boris. It's not. It's run by the lovely Kirsten and on Wednesday they have BookClub. On this particular Wednesday, BookClub discussed Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade! I was lucky enough to be a part of the heated debate over morse code, vomiting cats and gender stereotypes. Brilliant. I'm personally a big fan of kids' characters with flaws – which is why we create them. I've always found that kids use these wonky characters to explore their own worlds and make sense of it... and Jimmy does a very good line in wonky. 

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Navigating the wild waters of Surveyors Creek Primary!

Here he is. Jol. In a sea of grade 5s and 6s talking about the finer points of writing a book without a point. Gold Star. From here we set sail to the grade 3 and 4 to explain why Captain Jimmy Cook is obsessed with history and full of misguided ideas about exploration and constipation... then onto the calmer waters of K - 2 to wear a few silly hats and discuss the age old question... what rhymes with elephant?

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Stick 'em up! Stanton Library

As Book Week 2017 comes to an end things were just heating up at Stanton Library. Stacks of grade 3s and 4s joined us in waking up those sleeping the afternoon away in Non-Fiction. What's Dewey Decimal for raucous loud fun in the library? 

Book Week visits to the country!

Today I drove out to two delightful schools in the Hawkesbury... at least I think that's where I was. First to Peat's Ridge Primary where they have a some sort of rare sparrow nesting on their grounds and then to Somersby Public for an afternoon of reading, rhyming and staring in amazement at their disco chickens. 

BOOK WEEK iS ON!

It's happening AGAIN! Book Week is off and running and libraries and schools everywhere are getting into the swing. Here's us at Mosman Library reading to hundreds and millions of excellent young readers and writers from Sacred Heart and Mosman Primary. Thank you to the Simin the librarian for organising this great event! They even got a sneak peak at the new top secret book which they promised to forget they ever saw...