The Book Circle: Andy Griffiths, Susannah McFarlane, Belinda Murrell

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With the school holidays in full swing, everyone is looking for something to keep kids occupied and entertained. To discover some excellent authors for children, and tips for encouraging your children to read, check out this month’s episode of The Book Circle. Cheryl Akle speaks with three fabulous and diverse children’s authors, all prolific writers who cover a range of genre’s and age groups with their work.

Andy Griffiths, Susannah McFarlane and Belinda Murrell speak about their books, their experiences with children and the best way to choose books for children. They all agree that books should simply be part of kids lives and most importantly, that they are fun!

Andy Griffiths: Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He has written more than 20 books, including nonsense verse, short stories, comic novels and plays. Over the last 15 years Andy’s books have been New York Times bestsellers, won more than 50 children’s choice awards, been adapted as a television cartoon series and sold more than 5 million copies worldwide.

Andy is best known as the author of the much-loved Just! Series, The Day My Bum Went Psycho and now the Treehouse series, the third of which will be published in September 2013. He wrote his new children’s picture book Ed and Ted and Ted’s Dog Fred with his long time collaborator, illustrator Terry Denton.



Susannah McFarlane: Susannah McFarlane is a successful children’s book author who, after many years working as a publisher, now spends her time writing and creating stories that kids love to read. Susannah is the creator and writer of the award winning EJ 12 Girl Hero series, the creator and co-author of the hugely popular series for boys, Boy vs Beast, and the author of the Little Mates series of alphabet books for under fives. She was also the original concept creator of two of Australia’s leading popular tween fiction series Go Girl! And Zac Power. The sixteenth in the EJ 12 Girl Hero series, Time to Shine is available now.





Belinda Murrell: Belinda Murrell has worked as a travel journalist, technical writer, editor and public relations consultant. Her overseas adventures inspired her work as a travel writer for the West Australian newspaper and Out & About With Kids travel magazine. While Belinda studied Children’s Literature at Macquarie University, her passion for children’s books was reignited when she had her own three children and began telling and writing stories for Nick, Emily and Lachlan. Belinda’s books include the Sun Sword fantasy trilogy, The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, and The River Charm. Her new series Lulu Bell is available now.



The panel also chats about last month’s recommended read, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson.

Be sure to check out these clever authors and their books, and grab a copy of this month’s recommended read, Between the Lives by Jessica Shirvington, a previous guest on The Book Circle.

Get Reading! is looking for Australia’s favourite homegrown read. Whether it’s one of these fantastic Aussie writers, or someone else entirely, we want to know about it. Let us know below, for your chance to win a book pack which includes all of this month’s featured reads.

Mamamia readers have the chance to win a July The Book Circle Prize Pack! One lucky winner will receive a book pack containing each of the featured books.

To enter, simply fill out the form below telling us in 25 words or less, the name of your favourite Australian book and why?

Entries close MONDAY 29th July 2013. Winner will be announced FRIDAY 2nd August.

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What have you been reading lately? Did you have a favourite book you read as a child? Is there a children’s book you would recommend?