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Day 46: Herbie’s diary

The quest to spread Herbie’s magic of growing food means meeting people across many vocations: gardening, writing, education, food and journalism. And today, I met with Stonnington Library. I delivered copies of Herbie’s books to librarian, Ms P, this morning, and was ecstatic to learn she had already become acquainted with Herbie via his website. […]

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Day 45: Sharing Herbie’s magic with children at Stories Up High

The great American comic, W.C. Fields, once said, “Never work with children or animals.” However, if he had been at the Stories Up High children’s writers festival this weekend at Cloudehill in Olinda, he may have thought otherwise. Reading chapter one of Herbert Peabody and His Extraordinary Vegetable Patch, followed by painting pots and planting

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Day 27: Connecting with what we love

It’s a hectic world that we live in. We’re constantly connected to what’s going on via email, mobile phones and social media. But with all these expectations and interruptions, it’s sometimes difficult to connect with the things we love. The Herbert Peabody series connects children with where their food comes from in a fun way

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Day 24: Herbie really is real!

Today I received a VERY special package from Tabitha Emma Bray, illustrator of Herbert Peabody. In the package was Herbert Peabody himself! Tabitha handmade Herbie from reclaimed fabric, and he is just amazing and extremely cute! As a children’s writer, I want my stories to be brought to life. Engaging vocabulary and beautiful illustrations do

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Day 10: Planning session for a children’s writers festival!

Herbie and I are very excited to announce that we’ve been invited to participate in the ‘Stories Up High’ children’s writers festival next month! And today, I headed to the beautiful Cloudehill gardens in Olinda, Victoria, to meet the organisers. Valerie, Frances and Paul are the wonderful people who are making the arrangements for the

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