Dr Heather Sharp publishes new children’s book in time for Remembrance Day

Heather Sharp on her recent annual Study Tour visiting sites that feature in her new book.
Heather Sharp on her recent annual Study Tour visiting sites that feature in her new book.


NEWS Of The Area’s own reporter, and Newcastle University lecturer, Dr Heather Sharp, is also a published author.

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She can now add ‘published Children’s book author’ to her list of achievements.

Her book ‘Remembering for Peace: The adventures of Emma and Ryan’ follows the adventures of Emma and Ryan as they travel through France and Belgium, finding out what their Great Grandfather experienced in World War I.

Emma and Ryan encounter people along the way who teach them the history of the area.

With a focus on the Remembrance Trail, children reading this book will learn about areas Australians fought in during the war and understand the lasting impact conflict has on people and on the environment.

The book is intended for independent readers who are already reading chapter books, but still enjoy the warmth of a picture book.

The extended narrative provides a depth that will engage readers, and encourage them to think laterally about issues of remembrance, through the exciting discoveries made by the main characters, on their adventurous journey.

Her expertly written text connects Australia’s involvement in France and Belgium during World War I to current topics such as the environment, refugees, experiences of trauma, sport, and remembrance.

Natural history illustrator, Laura Arnull, has created beautiful imagery that reflects the sombre tone of remembrance on former battlefields.

Heather told News Of The Area, “The book teaches Australians about the lasting impact of conflict so it is perfect in the lead up to Remembrance Day as it shows how war still impacts people and the environment even 100 years after the end of World War I.”

“The book will appeal to those who want to learn about the impact of World War I.”

“A newly designed font, Dyslexie, was chosen for this book as it will make the reading easier for those who have dyslexia or other reading difficulties.”

Primary school teachers looking for new material for Remembrance Day are advised that Heather Sharp’s new illustrated book Remembering for Peace: The adventures of Emma and Ryan, is now available.

Her book, supported by free online educational resources and class-ready lessons linked to Stage 3 Australian curriculum outcomes, will appeal to primary school students and their teachers.

Heather officially launches her book this weekend, at a special event open to the public at Sketchley Cottage, Raymond Terrace.

Hosted by the Raymond Terrace and Districts Historical Society and Legends and Lessons Publishers, and officially launched by Member for Paterson, Meryl Swanson MP, on Sunday 4 November at 11am, this is an all-ages event with everyone welcome.

There will be a sausage sizzle, activities for children, as well as a World War I trench display and tour of the new Centenary of Armistice exhibition at the museum.

Books will be available at the launch for the special price of $20.


By Rachael VAUGHAN

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