My debut children’s picture book, Jacaranda Magic, has been published by Ford Street Publishing and will be officially released on the first day of Spring, September 1 2018…just in time for this year’s jacaranda season.
More than a joyful picture book that celebrates beauty in nature and the power of imagination, Jacaranda Magic is a dynamic tool to help parents and educators explore the value of boredom and encourage outdoor play.
It addresses a trend is emerging from research in early childhood education in Australia, indicating that young children are struggling to develop key creative, imaginative and gross motor skills due to diminishing access to unstructured play outdoors.
Jacaranda Magic was written to encourage children in the critical 4-9 year old age group to get outside and discover all the possibilities that nature offers when playing with objects in their natural settings and using the limitless power of their imaginations.
Megan Forward’s stunning illustrations capture the beauty of the jacaranda and demonstrate the joy of movement. The children depicted in the story are diverse in terms of age, gender and ethnicity.
Distinctly Australian in aesthetic, Jacaranda Magic aims to delight as a story book in itself as well as serve as an important tool to help springboard children off the couch and into nature.
The Brisbane Book Launch for Jacaranda Magic will be held in Wynnum on Saturday 8th September 2018. Details here.
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Copies of Jacaranda Magic will be available at all good bookshops and online retailers from September 1 2018. Pre orders are currently available directly from Ford Street Publishing.
Download a copy of Teachers’ Notes here.