Brilliant Book Trailer

It’s UNESCO #worldbookday !! And I’m so excited to share this adorable picture book trailer for WONDERFUL SHOES – which officially tip-taps into the world on the 1st May.

Picture books, in my mind, are THE most important books in the world, because they are quite literally the stepping-stones to literacy and becoming an engaged citizen in our world.

WONDERFUL SHOES is a joyful celebration of what happens when little feet find big shoes. I could not be more proud of this little book, and wish it well as it click-clacks its way into the hands and hearts of our tiniest citizens and their carers.

This book trailer, created by the super-talented Romi at Books On Tour PR truly is the ‘icing on the cake’ of what has been a wonderful journey with my picture book co-creators Tania McCartney and Cristina Pase at Windy Hollow Books.

This charming little video is also extra special, because it celebrates my very first published picture book – a long-held dream of mine! PLUS, I won the privilege of working with Romi through the Twitter fund-raising auction #AuthorsForFireys back in early 2019. [An astonishing half a million dollars was raised for the CFA, coordinated by authors Nova Weetman and Emily Gale]

If there’s one thing I dare to know for sure in this world good people, it’s that good things do indeed come to those who wait! Happy reading, writing, creating, sharing, dreaming, doing 😘 XX

Some Wonderful News

‘Wonderful Shoes’ – Picture Book by Emma Bowd and Tania McCartney, published by Windy Hollow Books

COVER REVEAL for my debut children’s picture book, ‘Wonderful Shoes’, illustrated by award-winning kidlit creator Tania McCartney and published by Cristina Pase and her award-winning team at Windy Hollow Books. I know, I REALLY hit the jackpot with this one!

‘Wonderful Shoes’ has been such a joyful collaboration, and will be tip-tapping into bookstores in May 2021. I just can’t wait to share it with all the small children of the world, who think big shoes are just as awesome as I do!

My thanks must go to the organisers of KidLitVic, where I first had the opportunity to present ‘Wonderful Shoes’ to Cristina for a manuscript assessment in 2019. After taking on board Cristina’s feedback, I re-submitted the rhyming text to her and was subsequently offered the contract with Windy Hollow Books, and then teamed-up with the incredibly talented Tania . . . who also happens to be a fellow lover of shoes (and all things fashion).

You’ll hear more from me and Tania and Windy Hollow closer to the publication date. But for now, please excuse me while I happy dance around my kitchen in the sparkliest shoes I own . . . and there are several to choose from!

Creative Writing Awards – Shortlisted


Amongst all the excitement of being shortlisted in the Scribbles ‘Creative Writing Awards’ late 2018 – in both the Picture Book and Middle Grade Short Story categories – I forgot to blog about it!

This new creative writing competition for the Australian children’s literary calendar was established and run by acclaimed children’s author Jen Storer – under the banner of her online creative writing course, ‘Scribbles’ of which I’m an active participant.  The competition was also supported by Harper Collins Children’s Books.

The judges were none other than esteemed industry professionals Judith Rossell, Gabrielle Wang and Lucinda Gifford.  All shortlisters were provided with valuable feedback on their manuscripts, and the winners each received a full manuscript assessment with Jen, as well as a Skype coaching call.

It goes without saying that I was thrilled to be shortlisted in both categories! I’ve since reviewed my picture book manuscript and tweaked it slightly, in light of the judge’s considered feedback, and shall be hopefully presenting it to a publisher at this year’s KidLitVic Conference. As for the middle grade short story – well, I really enjoyed putting this idea to paper, and may even transfer it into a full novel in the future…watch this space 🙂

Oh yes, and Scribbles is not only an online community of kidlit creators, we have real-life workshops too. Here I am below enjoying a Masterclass with Jen and my fellow writers (and illustrators) in Melbourne last May, just prior to attending the KidLitVic 2018 Conference.

Scribbles Masterclass 2018
Scribbles Creative Writing Masterclass, Melbourne, 2018