EMPOWERING CHILDREN THROUGH STORY
Emma Mactaggart is an award winning author and publisher, who has been teaching the craft of writing and illustrating to children and adults for the last ten years via her Child Writes program. She is the largest publisher in the world of children’s picture book written by children for children! She is a regular guest on ABC Southern Queensland Radio with host Belinda Sanders talking about books, and if she isn’t consuming them herself, she is creating them. Her latest project is a collaborative effort with author Jo-Ann Capp, is a novella ‘Four Hot Chips’. Emma is also the founder of the International Read to Me! Day Campaign, focusing every year, on March 19 on the importance of reading regularly to children.
"Emma modelled and walked beside our children through every phase of the writing process including the drafting, editing and illustration processes. Emma is a very civically minded lady whose contribution to our school community has been highly valued. She has enriched the lives of many children and imbued a love of literacy with all those she worked with."
Paul McSwiney, Principal, Middle Ridge State School
“Emma visited our school in the lead up to the recent Year 3/5/7 Testing. She spoke with vigour and passion about her journey of writing and publishing a book. The children thoroughly enjoyed the presentation, learning much about how to treat their audience when writing, how to plan a narrative and how to effectively use a storyboard. Emma sparked a real enthusiasm in the children for writing. What a glorious gift indeed! Thanks, Emma.”
Kathy Golightly, Mater Dei Primary School
Emma, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your enthusiasm, thoughts and ideas with our classes (2TD and 2/3C) on Monday. Our students have been very keen to write their stories thanks to your input. We are now in the process of creating our own class publications complete with illustrations, hopefully by the end of term. Thanks again for your time, you have boosted the students motivation in an area where they needed it most.
Christine Conneely Year 3 Teacher Sacred Heart Primary School
Emma MacTaggart has been a Volunteer CYA Conference Competition Judge for the past six years, and continues in to devote her time to this competition during the 2015 judging season. Each year, Emma has completed to a significantly high standard, a considerable numbers of judging works entered into our competition, and by utilise our online judging forms has ensured that there is a consistent level of judging thought sections with the large number of works judged. She has shown an ability to remain on target with the comments section, not impose her own personal views onto the competition entrants work, and also remained inside the tight deadline required. Emma has also been part of changing and updating the judging questions each year as they change to reflect a shifting industry. Thank you to Emma for her help and we are so grateful to have Emma on board each year, as a Volunteer CTA Conference Competition Judge. With Best Wishes,
Tina Marie Clarke – Director
Thank you for a great year working together. We have truly appreciated your ideas, enthusiasm and support of Finnley’s Great Escape and our quest against tilapia. It has been a pleasure working with you and we valued the skills and knowledge you bought to the project. Thank you for helping make it a success.
Nina and the Condamine Alliance Staff.
“Sharing the Child Writes program with children has given me an opportunity to work with a beautiful medium; the picture book, whilst empowering children to find and use their voice… It doesn't get any better!”
Emma Mactaggart, Author of Imagine