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    RO's World — Collaborations

    RO Guest Designer // Meet Megan!

    RO Guest Designer // Meet Megan!

    Say a big HELLO to the fabulous Megan of Children's Books Daily! If you've been a part of the Ruby Olive community for a while, you have probably seen Megan pop up on our social channels before. Megan is a teacher-librarian at St Aidan's Anglican Girls' School here in Brisbane and the face behind Children's Books Daily - a website and blog that acts as the holy grail for everything surrounding Children's literature. Megan has recently released her first book, Raising Readers! It's a MUST-HAVE resource for educators and parents.

    Naturally, having Megan as one of our lanyard guest designers HAD to happen! It was made with a combo of Megan's favourite pink, her brand colours and a nod to the school she works at (keep reading to find out more)... We think the end result is one stunning lanyard that matches perfectly with Megan's fabulous pink hair. We sat down with Megan for a quick Q&A, to chat about our lanyard collab and to learn more about her new book. 

    RO: Megan, was there a defining moment when you fell in love with literature and knew you wanted to spend your life immersed in it?

    MD: That’s a really good question, I’ve not been asked that before! My mother is a teacher librarian and both my parents read aloud to us every.single.day. I was a tween around the time mum was at university studying teacher librarianship and I distinctly remember the influx of astonishingly good books into our home. It was in this period that I discovered the books that set me on the path to being a lifelong reader. Books like Dicey's Song, Came Back to Show You I Could Fly and John Marsden's iconic, So Much To Tell You blew my teenage angsty brain and I still hold these books amongst my 'Top Ten' books ever. This was definitely the time I fell in love with literature, but at that stage I don’t think it occurred to me that it was an option to work amongst such gorgeousness every day.

    RO: Why are you so passionate about raising readers, and encouraging children to read?

    That’s an easy one! I honestly believe that words and stories can change lives. Stories connect us all and humans are wired for connection. Reading helps children to walk in the shoes of others and deeply understand issues around the world and those close to home. It is through reading the stories of others and learning of their hardships and triumphs that young people begin to develop kindness, compassion and empathy and understand that the world is beautifully diverse and filled with the stories of millions of people. Everyone's story is unique, and every story is important.

    RO: You’ve recently written and published your first book Raising Readers - congratulations! Could you tell us a little more about the book?

    Many parents question the best way to support their child's literacy journey and I really wanted to write an accessible book which looked at this and answered some common questions and concerns around reading. When can you start reading to your child? How do you find that special book to inspire a reluctant reader? How can you tell if a book is age appropriate? What can you do to keep your tween reading into their adolescent years? I hope what I have done is unpack my 17 years of experience into an accessible guide, enhanced with up-to-date research and first-hand accounts from well-known Australian children's authors. It also contains practical tips, such as suggested reading lists and instructions on how to run book-themed activities.

    RO: What was your main inspiration for writing your own book?

    With ‚ÄėRaising Readers‚Äô I really wanted to reach parents, caregivers, library peeps and educators and inspire them to take nurturing a love of reading in the young people in their lives as seriously as they might take daily exercise or a balanced diet. I also wanted to demystify the role of the teacher librarian and¬† advocate for this role in EVERY school. Like any other specialist teacher your child may have in their school life (PE teacher, French teacher, Science teacher etc.), they are experts in their field, in this case experts in children‚Äôs and YA literature, knowledge management, the research process and increasingly, in the area of digital technologies and all things STEAM related.


    RO: Can you tell us a bit more about your lanyard design?

    Ruby Olive is known for COLOUR and as a pink haired, COLOUR wearing teacher librarian, I was overjoyed to be asked to collaborate on a RO lanyard! I chose my favourite shade of hot pink, the teal of my book cover and the brand colours of my website to create a lanyard that kind of SCREAMS ‚Äėlibraries are BOLD and places of clashing colours, thoughts and words‚Äô. I‚Äôve also added a nod to the beautiful school I work at, St Aidan‚Äôs Anglican Girls‚Äô School, with the navy blue leather tag (school colours).

     
    THANK YOU to fabulous Megan for creating such a gorgeous lanyard, and bringing so much joy to young and old alike through her love of literature. We absolutely adored collaborating with Megan, and we hope you love the end result as much as we loved creating it! SHOP THE LANYARD >>>

    See more of Megan: 
    > Children's Books Daily Website
    > Instagram
    > Facebook 

    RO LOVES // Urban Rituelle Freebie

    RO LOVES // Urban Rituelle Freebie

    We've partnered with our gorgeous friends at Urban Rituelle to gift you a FREE 50ml hand sanitizer (valued at $14.95) with every online order over $80. This gorgeously scented product will automatically be added to your order...but only while stocks last (we have 100 to give away).

    Urban Rituelle have a stunning range of Australian made bath, body & home fragrance products designed to make you feel good. We certainly couldn't be prouder to partner with such a wonderful Australian business. 


    And if a free gift wasn't enough...the beautiful team at Urban Rituelle have also given us a 20% off discount code especially for you to use on their website. Valid on all full priced products through to 31/08/2020.  Head on over to www.urbanrituelle.com.au and enter the code RUBYOLIVE at the checkout to
     redeem your 20% off discount!


    Jump on over and check out the amazing Urban Rituelle here: 

     

    RO Guest Designer // Meet Ceri

    RO Guest Designer // Meet Ceri

    RO Reads // Meet Josephine Moon!

    RO Reads // Meet Josephine Moon!

    Here at RO HQ, we are all fond of a great book. So much so, that we wanted to share our love affair by creating our "date with a book" gift box. A gift box that will knock the socks off the avid reader in your life, or something special for yourself.

    In our first Date With A Book gift boxes, we have exclusive + limited signed copies "The Tea Chest" and "The Chocolate Promise" by best selling author Josephine Moon. *Cue excited squeals* - we are proud as punch to be able to share these gorgeous books with you. 

    Signed copy of the Tea Chest by Josephine Moon
    We had a chat with Jo to learn a little more about her and how her passion for writing started. Settle in with a cuppa and find out more about this absolutely wonderful woman! 


    RO: Tell us a little bit about yourself?

    JM: I love writing books that bring joy and comfort to my readers. I write contemporary fiction novels in my own unique style that mashes together 'Up Lit' and 'Foodie Lit'. All my books focus around a particular food and so far I've covered tea, chocolate, beekeeping/honey, cheese/Italian food and coffee. Naturally, my new book, The Cake Maker's Wish, features a whole lot of cake and baking! I am a Brisbane native but now live in the Noosa hinterland with my husband and young son and a tribe of animals that, despite my best efforts, seems to grow every year.

    RO: What sparked your passion for books and writing?

    JM: Like most writers, I was a voracious reader as a child. I credit my school and local libraries for instilling in me a love of stories. I actually wanted to be a vet when I was a child, then I started in environmental science in my first year of uni. I quickly realised, however, that my greatest strength lay in writing (not statistics, funnily enough) so I changed over to study journalism and film and media. I realised that writing was perfect for me because it allowed me to follow whatever passion I was interested in and write about that. It was while I was at my first writing workshop with the Queensland Writers Centre in 1999 that I decided that I wanted to be a novelist and write books for the rest of my life. From there, it took me another thirteen years to get a contract.

    RO: What was the first book that you really connected with?

    JM: Enid Blyton had a huge influence on my love of stories. The Magic Faraway Tree, The Naughtiest Girl in the School, The Wishing Chair and Noddy series were the ones that really set me on the path of passionate reading. The other series that did that for me was The Silver Brumby by Elyne Mitchell. I have always been horse mad and remember rushing back to the school library over and over to get the next book in that series.  

    RO: Where do you pull inspiration from for your books?

    JM: Life, essentially. I am insatiably curious and want to know everything about everything. I ask a lot of questions and then if I'm interested enough I'll follow that through. For example, The Tea Chest started for me because I was in a T2 shop and smelling all the little dishes of tea and I suddenly realised that it was someone's job in the world to come up with tea blends. That struck me as being the most fabulous job and I wondered, 'Who gets to make tea?' By the time I'd gotten home, I had the character of Kate Fullerton and the setting of The Tea Chest floating around in my mind, waiting to be written. 

    Research is my happy place and I do extensive research for every book, both practically (such as learning how to make chocolate or cakes), online and with books, and I especially love to interview people. I always find that human beings are the best sources for research.

    RO: What are some of your favourite hobbies or pastimes outside of writing?

    I am a huge animal lover, and live with a lot of animals, so I spend a lot of time each day caring for, playing with and enjoying animals. I also love to go to the beach and spend time in nature.


    RO: We are super excited for your new book, "The Cake Maker's Wish". Can you give us a little more insight into what it is about?

    The Cake Maker's Wish delivers an utterly joyful jaunt in the English Cotswolds, following Olivia Kent, who has made the brave decision to uproot herself and her young son Darcy from their home in Tasmania in order to join an experimental 'village revival'. The (fictional) town of Stoneden has convinced the local council to allow them to import people from around the world who have ancestral links to the area in an attempt to save it from a dying economy. Unfortunately, when Olivia arrives, it seems that not everyone in the village is supportive of the idea so her new venture is not as sweet and simple as she'd hoped. It's a story full of colourful village folk, community spirit, lots of yummy food and some unexpected romantic opportunities. It's a story perfect for our times right now, heartfelt, uplifting and championing community spirit. 

    The book is officially released on 2 June and can be found in all good bookstores and online retailers and in audiobook format as well. Anyone looking for a signed copy (with some extra goodies) can do so here before 18 May.

    Thank you so much for having me along!

    Jo x 


    Thanks so much for your time Jo, it was an absolute pleasure! Be sure to pre-order Jo's new book "The Cake Maker's Wish" and grab yourself some extra goodies. You can find our Date With A Book gift boxes here. Have you read one of Josephine Moon's novels?


     

    Indigenous Literacy Day // Featuring Dr. Anita Heiss

    Indigenous Literacy Day // Featuring Dr. Anita Heiss

    Can you help us support the ILF?

    Today is Indigenous Literacy Day, an Australian celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy launched by The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). If you've never heard of the ILF, I highly recommend viewing the video below to understand why they are so incredibly important.

    We're super proud to be raising much needed funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation. We will be donating $10 from every Ruby Olive order over $50 until Saturday 7th the September 2019. 

    When we were thinking about who could tell us a little bit more about Indigenous literature, we certainly didn't have to think for long as there was one woman that sprang to mind instantly...the phenomenal Dr Anita Heiss. 

    Anita Heiss in the Indigenous Literacy Foundation OfficeAnita is not only a lifetime ambassador of The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, she's also one of Australia's most prolific and well-known authors publishing across numerous genres. Check out Anita's adult novels here, kids books here and her highly acclaimed anthology Growing up Aboriginal in Australia, oh and she also just happens to have amazing taste in jewels too.  

    Anita is a proud member of the Wiradjuri nation of Central New South Wales, but was born in Gadigal country, spent much of her life on Dharawal land near La Perouse, but is now living in Brisbane on Jagera and Turrbal country. 
    We chatted to Anita about the importance of Indigenous literature and literacy, and asked her how she thought the wider Australian community can help. 

    Anita gave us the following thought provoking responses, along with simple and effective ways you can get involved and show your support. 

    Anita Heiss Wearing Oceania Jade Necklace
    "Literature by Indigenous authors is important because it reflects the way we see ourselves, our truths in history, our lives and contributions to society today. Our literature not only showcases where we fit into the national literary landscape, but where we sit on the Australian identity radar

    It’s essential that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children see themselves in the books they read and can relate to the experiences of the characters they engage with on the page. 

    Many, if not most Indigenous people in remote communities speak more than two or three local languages, which demonstrates their knowledge and intelligence. But the reality is they are surrounded in their daily lives by communications in English. Warning information, signs and labels that keep people safe. Information on food packaging that allow for healthy choices. Street signs to get to places. These are basic daily needs in terms of being literate in English.

    Just as important, is the capacity and desire for young Indigenous kids to read books that bring them joy. Books that tell stories they can relate to in both English and their own languages. Books that entertain, engage and also educate. Books that improve literacy so that they too can live a full life, because I know first-hand that reading opens doors to all of life’s wonderful opportunities.

    Kids who can read English can search the internet and see what‚Äôs happening around the world. They can have conversations with other young people outside their communities. They can be social on a different level. This is not to diminish what they have which is rich and significant. Literacy just provides more opportunities, which many of us take for granted every day ‚Äď including having access to books in our homes, in school libraries, and in public libraries."¬†

    The Indigenous Literacy Foundation makes such a HUGE difference to the lives of Indigenous families by not only helping kids learn how to read, but also running programs inspiring communities to tell and publish their own stories. 

    Help us support Indigenous Literacy Foundation from now until Saturday (7 Sept). We are donating $10 from every Ruby Olive order over $50 directly to the ILF.  Start Shopping!

    We think of our own childhoods and all the children around us now, we have books written in our own language everywhere around us, it's certainly easy to see how we can take that for granted. 

    Our ask to you? Spend 3 mins watching the below video, share it and perhaps hold a Great Book Swap. Let's celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day together! It's an important topic and conversation not just for First Nation Australians, but it's also an opportunity to create more awareness and a deeper understanding for all Australians. 


    SUPPORT THE ILFFind out more and help spread the word here:

    INSTAGRAM > @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation

    FACEBOOK > @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation

    TWITTER > @IndigenousLF

    WEBSITE > www.indigenousliteracyfoundation.org.au