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SCBWI Summer Spectacular

This summer, Hollis attended the SCBWI online Summer Spectacular for children’s book writers and illustrators. A, of course, COVID-proof online conference featuring “The biggest end brightest stars in the children’s litarature galaxy”, with keynotes, panels and more. Great experience!

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First Australian review by @flisatfun on Instagram

“This counting book by Hollis Kurman with illustrations by Barroux is a poignant book that centres on themes of migration, refugees and inclusivity…Not only is this beautifully illustrated, it educates children in a number of ways and is a great addition to an inclusive bookshelf.”

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Editor’s Choice on Books for Keeps

“The warmth of the beautiful illustrations enhance the simple text enabling young readers to follow the journey of this refugee family and encouraging them to join in with counting… a gentle introduction to the plight of refugee children for the very young. It could provide the perfect starting point for conversations about this important topic in educational settings and at home.”

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Lovereading4kids review

“A beautiful and unusual counting book redolent with empathy and inclusivity. (…) …this is an outstanding example of how a deceptively simple picturebook can develop empathy and understanding. Highly recommended.”

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First advance copies!

Today the first advance copies have arrived! My début picture book braved the covid journey and made it to my doorstep in 4 languages: ‘Hello! A Counting Book of Kindnesses’ (UK) ‘Counting Kindness: Ten Ways to Welcome Refugee Children’ (US)

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The Gig Economy

On 31 October, 2019, Hollis moderated an Ivy Circle event on ‘The Gig Economy’ with Professor Diane Mulchay, author of ‘The Gig Economy’ (hosted by Egon Zehnder Amsterdam).

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Open Mic at ABC Amsterdam

If you’re in Amsterdam, come perform or just join in for the ABC Open Mic session at the American Book Center (Friday, 13 September, 2019 at ABC – Het Spui, Amsterdam). Performers should sign up by 17:00; session begins at

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Ivy Circle annual Education Fairs

Please join the Ivy Circle and its partners for their annual Education Fairs this Fall: Ivy Circle MBA Fair 2019 Amstelveen, The Netherlands; 19 September 2019 At our 13th annual Amsterdam MBA Fair, Ivy Circle with the support of Roland

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Southampton Writers Conference

From 10-14 July 2019, Hollis attended the Southampton Writers Conference 2019 in Southampton, New York, where she participated in the children’s book writing workshop with award-winning children’s book author-illustrator Dan Yaccarino.

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