News, Reviews & Events

26
Aug
2013

Marty sneaks into Caleb Award finals

Marty’s Nut-Free Party has made it to the finals of the Caleb Awards in the Children’s section!  Results are announced on October 12, 2013.

I’m excited to be alongside two beautiful books by friend and fellow Sydney author, Penny Reeve, whose books Wonderfully Madison and More Than a Mouse have also made it through to the finals.

 

17
Jul
2013

2013 Events

Date Time Location Event
Fri Aug 30 11 am Illawarra Christian School, Tongarra Author visit
Wed Aug 21 9 am Penrith Christian School Book Week Writing workshops
Fri Aug 9 10.30am Capital Business Park, Frenchs Forest

Wannabees Family Play Town
Wed July 31 3.30pm Wilkins Primary School, Marrickville Children’s Book Council Author Tea
Mon July 29 9am Rouse Hill Anglican College Author visit
Mon June 24 10.30am KU Croydon Author visit
Thu June 20 10.30am KU Croydon Author visit
Mon May 27 2013 4pm Penrith Christian School Christian Schools Library Conference Author Talk
Fri May 24 9.10 am Mowbray Public School Author visit
Mon May 20 9 am Randwick Public School Author visit
Fri May 17 9 am Putney Public School Author visit – Food Allergy Week
Thu May 16 11am Lane Cove Library Story Time – Food Allergy Week
Wed May 15 8.50 am Pacific Hills Christian School Author visit – Food Allergy Week
Tue May 14 9.30 am Broughton Anglican College Author visit – Food Allergy Week
Fri May 3 9.30am Villa Maria Church Hall, 3a Mary St, Hunters Hill Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Market Day
Fri Mar 1 11am Griffith Library Storytime reading
Thur Feb 28 11 am Yenda Preschool Author visit
Wed Feb 27 2 pm Carrathool Public School Author visit
Wed Feb 27 9.25 am Darlington Point Public School Author visit to K – 3
Tue Feb 19 9.30am Epping Church of Christ Guest speaker at MOPS (Mothers of Pre-schoolers)

3
Jul
2013

Marty shortlisted!

Exciting News!

Marty’s Nut-Free Party has just been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards (Lower Primary.)

Here’s how they described it!

“Finally! A fun way to explain allergies to all young children! This appealing story with a likeable character has an interesting and highly relevant narrative. The main idea is explored via humorous text with familiar settings and occurrences. The language chosen has rhythm and repetition and would be well-liked by young readers.”

It’s a wonderful shortlist, including gorgeous books like Gracie and Josh by Susanne Gervay and Serena Geddes, Sophie Scott Goes South by Alison Lester, Saurus Street: Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch by Nick Falk and Tony Flowers and Billy B. Brown: The Bully Buster by Sally Rippin.  (My six year old LOVES the Billy B. Brown books so I’m finally getting some cred with her!)

Make sure you check out the full list here!

8
May
2013

Events – Food Allergy Week

1 in 10 babies born in Australia today will develop a food allergy.

May 13 – 19th is Food Allergy Week.

So Allergy & Anaphylaxis Australia is asking Aussies to paint one fingernail.

Show your support of kids with food allergies by painting one nail and make a donation to help educate Australians about the fact that food allergies are serious and can be a matter of life and death.

You can find out more here:  http://www.foodallergyaware.com.au/

I will also be visiting schools and libraries with my book Marty’s Nut-Free Party during Food Allergy Week.

Here’s where I’ll be in May.

Date Time Location Event
Mon May 27 4pm Penrith Christian School Christian Schools Library Conference Author Talk
Fri May 24 9.10 am Mowbray Public School Author visit
Mon May 20 9 am Randwick Public School Author visit
Fri May 17 9 am Putney Public School Author visit – Food Allergy Week
Thu May 16 11am Lane Cove Library Story Time – Food Allergy Week
Wed May 15 8.50 am Pacific Hills Christian School Author visit – Food Allergy Week
Tue May 14 9.30 am Broughton Anglican College Author visit – Food Allergy Week
Fri May 3 9.30am Villa Maria Church Hall, 3a Mary St, Hunters Hill Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Market Day

7
Mar
2013

Feature story in The Area News

15
Feb
2013

Feature Article in Newcastle’s Child

 

 

 

5
Feb
2013

Review in Sydney’s Child

5
Feb
2013

Newcastle’s Child Review

3
Nov
2012

Launch of Marty’s Nut Free Party

More than 60 adults and 40 children attended a nut-free party to launch Katrina Roe’s new children’s book at the NSW Writer’s Centre in Rozelle.

Dr Elizabeth Pickford from RPA Allergy clinic addressed the crowd on the importance of making sure children with food allergies are not left out of social occasions.

She said the best part of her job is working with families to find solutions that work for them. “We don’t want to use a cookie-cutter approach to managing allergies,” she said.

The children took part in a colouring-in competition, judged by Archibald finalist Ben Hedstrom and enjoyed treats supplied by Bee Allergy Friendly, who make egg-free, nut-free and dairy-free cupcakes and biscuits. Proprietor Mel Ross, of Carlingford, explained that she started her business because her first child is allergic to seven of the eight most common allergens. “It was impossible to find any treats they could eat,” she said, “So I decided to make them myself. It wasn’t long before I was taking orders from other parents.”

Katrina Roe hopes her book will teach allergic children, their friends and families to negotiate the minefield that is living with a food allergy, especially at party time.

With one in ten children now suffering a food allergy, Marty’s Nut-Free Party is likely to be popular with children, schools, pre-schools and local libraries.

3
Nov
2012

Review in Canberra Weekly

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