Wrapping up a year of books — 2018

  • Published on December 14, 2018

readilearn list of books and authors and illustrators interviewed throughout 2018

Wrap up a book for a gift that gives more

Reading and books combine to form one of life’s greatest pleasures and one of life’s best avenues for advancement and empowerment.

Giving books gifts much more than simply the words on the page. We may never know just what joy, wisdom or inspiration a reader receives when gifted a book; and, of course, the love of reading is one of the most valuable gifts a parent or teacher can give a child.

parents reading to children, reading is a gift, the importance of reading

Throughout the year, I have been privileged with the opportunity of interviewing many talented authors and illustrators about their picture books. However, these books are but a few of the wonderful picture books that are available for children to read.

Books, books, books

Last December, I presented you with a list of books by authors and illustrators I’d interviewed throughout 2017. In this post, I present a list of books by authors and illustrators I interviewed this year. I hope you will find the list useful when choosing books to gift your young readers. Be sure to read back over last year’s list for additional suggestions.

As with last year’s list, for each author or illustrator I interviewed, I include links to

  • the interview on the blog
  • the interview in the Author or Illustrator Spotlight
  • the creative’s website
  • a place where the book may be purchased.

Let’s begin.

Author and Illustrator interviews 2018

readilearn Interview with Sofia Goodsoul author of Nian the Lunar Dragon

Sofia Goodsoul: InterviewSpotlightBook

readilearn interview with Jacqui Halpin author of Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse

Jacqui Halpin: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Andrew King author Engibear series

Andrew King: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Renee Hills author of Turtle Love

Renee Hills: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Anna Jacobson illustrator of Turtle Love

Anna Jacobson: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn guest post by Emma Middleton - author and illustrator

Emma Middleton: Guest postWebsiteBook

readilearn guest post by Kathy Hoopmann author

Kathy Hoopmann: Guest postWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Jennifer Poulter author of Hip Hop Hurrah Zoo Dance

Jennifer Poulter: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Katrin Dreiling illustrator of The World's Worst Pirate

Katrin Dreiling: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Karen Tyrrell author of Rainforest Rescue

Karen Tyrrell: InterviewWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Sonia Bestulic author of Reece Give Me Some Peace

Sonia Bestulic: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Robbie Cheadle author and illustrator of the Sir Chocolate book series

Robbie Cheadle: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern: InterviewWebsiteBook

The Forever Kid interview with Elizabeth Mary Cummings

Elizabeth Cummings: InterviewWebsiteBook

readilearn Interview with Allison Paterson

Allison Paterson: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn Interview with Dimity Powell author of At the End of Holyrood Lane

Dimity Powell: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

readilearn interview with author Robyn Osborne

Robyn Osborne: InterviewSpotlightWebsiteBook

Eighteen other books added to my bookshelves in 2018.

Click on the image for a link to purchasing information and well as information about the book.

Johnny's Beard a picture book by Michelle Worthington

Alpacas with Maracas a picture book by Matt Cosgrove

Malala's Magic Pencil a picture book by Malala Yousafzai

Life a picture book by Cynthia Rylant

Each the Same a picture book by Michelle Worthington

Eva's Imagination a picture book by Wenda Shurety

The Fix It Man a picture book by Dimity Powell

Ada Lovelace Poet of Science a picture book by Diane Stanley

Slowly Slowly by TM Clark

I Want to Be in a Book by Narelle Oliver

All are Welcome by Alexandra Penfold

Bush Tracks by Ros Moriarty

Whats That There by Ros Moriarty

Inside Aspergers Looking Out by Kathy Hoopmann


Names Can Never Hurt me by Luise Pearson-Bernoth

The Word Collector by Peter H. Reynolds

Queen Victoria's Underpants by Jackie French:

And a Christmas anthology:

It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas anthology by Share Your Story

I hope this list has helped you decide on some to add to your own collection or gift for another’s collection this Christmas. Enjoy!

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    Wow Norah! Your post is a real labour of love – 🙂 A blessed Christmas to you and family and may 2019 bring more creativity your way, and may peace, love and joy be your companions.

    Thank you, Susan. Yes, it is a labour of love – a love of books and reading. Thank you for your wishes. I return them to you in good order. What joys they are to spread. Best wishes. xx

    Indeed they would, Charli. I hope children (and adults) all over the world receive a gift of books this holiday season. Best wishes.

    Thank you, Renee. It was lovely to have you participate in the Author Spotlight series and to include Turtle Love in this lineup of lovely books. Best wishes to you also for the holiday season and 2019.

    Thanks Norah, for including Rainforest Rescue in your magnificent list of recommended children’s books for 2018. Congratulations to all the authors and illustrators featured too … HUGE thanks to Norah for the wonderful service you provide for children, teachers and authors. See you in 2019. Cheers, Karen Tyrrell

    It’s my pleasure to interview you and include your empowering books for girls in the lineup, Karen. I love books and believe that a love of books is one of the most empowering gifts we can give to children. I’m happy to do whatever I can to promote that. I look forward to collaborating with you again in 2019. Best wishes, Norah.

    Thanks, Jacqui. I’m pleased you enjoyed the list. I do enjoy sharing the work of authors and illustrators when I can. 🙂

    I definitely found some titles in this list that will make it to my shelves. Even though I teach math I like to have picture books available to the students. Who knew about Ada Lovelace? It was very cool to see authors I “know” from your interviews throughout the year. Thank you for the gift of this list Norah!

    I’m pleased you find the list useful, D. I love the story of Ada Lovelace. As a primary teacher, I taught all subjects, including maths, and used picture books to support our work as often as possible. There’s nothing like a story to help develop understanding.

    Thank you for being a part of my author and illustrator interview series, Robbie. It was a pleasure to interview you about your beautiful books and their unique illustrations.

    Chuffed as Christmas monkeys to be included in this awesome round up of truly superb books. Thank you Norah for all that you are and all that you do to promote literacy and the love of reading in kids. It is truly medal-worthy. Happy Christmas! Dimity

    Thank you, Dimity. I am honoured to interview so many talented authors and illustrators. Promoting literacy and great books for children is the least I can contribute towards a positive future for all of us. It is always a pleasure to share precious literacy moments with you, Dimity. I wish you and your family a wonderful Christmas season. I look forward to further collaborations in 2019.

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