From the pens and paintbrushes of two award-winning super talents comes one of the stand-out picture books of the last few years, All the Ways to be Smart. Join author Davina Bell and illustrator Allison Colpoys as they discuss the different skills that make every child special and unique – be it building boats, wheeling wagons or riding dragons. Radiant, life-affirming and gentle, All the Ways to be Smart fizzes with Davina and Allison’s vivacity and charm. Hosted by Deborah Abela. Rec. 4+

Allison Colpoys (Australian)

Allison Colpoys

Allison Colpoys is an award-winning designer and illustrator, and the Associate Art Director at Scribe Publications. Her picture books include The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, Under the Love Umbrella, If All the World Were... and All the Ways To Be Smart. As well as receiving numerous Australian Book Design Awards for her illustration and cover design, she has won the CBCA Crichton Award for Best New Talent and an Australian Book Industry Award.

Davina Bell (Australian)

Davina Bell

Davina Bell is an award-winning writer for young readers of many ages and a children's book editor. She writes picture books including All the Ways to be Smart and Under the Love Umbrella with Allison Colpoys, junior fiction title Lemonade Jones and middle-grade fiction series the Corner Park Clubhouse series and Our Australian Girl. She lives in Melbourne, where she works as the Senior Editor on the kids list at independent publisher Affirm Press.

Deborah Abela (Australian)

Deborah Abela

After finishing a teaching degree, Deb went to Africa where she was caught in a desert sandstorm, harassed by monkeys and thrown in jail twice! She’s written 25 books including Max Remy Superspy, Grimsdon, New City, Teresa A New Australian and The Most Marvellous Spelling Bee Mystery. Her first picture book is Wolfie, An Unlikely Hero. Deb has won awards for her books but mostly hopes to be as brave as her characters.