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All the Ways to be Smart


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Smart is not just ticks and crosses,
smart is building boats from boxes.

Painting patterns, wheeling wagons,
being mermaids, riding dragons …

As adults, we hear talk of book smarts and street smarts; we sometimes discuss not just IQ but spatial, emotional or other kinds of intelligence. Now, there’s a book to do the same for young readers, and to help foster both their self-esteem and their appreciation of each other. Plus, it’s filled with drawings that crackle with joy and humour!

All the Ways to be Smart is a warm-hearted children’s book that celebrates our distinctive (and sometimes abstract) talents. It’s the latest from the award-winning collaboration of author Davina Bell and illustrator Allison Colpoys – whose earlier picture books include The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade and Under the Love Umbrella.

In a special event aimed at kids aged three to seven, Davina and Allison will read from All the Ways to be Smart before involving participants in an interactive, hands-on storytelling workshop.

Children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian while participating in Wheeler Kids events.

Little Bookroom will be our bookseller for this event.


Davina Bell

Davina Bell is a writer from Western Australia. She is the author of the award-winning picture book The Underwater Fancy-Dress Parade, which won the 2016 Australian Book Industry Award for Best Children’s Book from a Small Publisher, and Under the Love Umbrella, which was shortlisted for the sam... Read more

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 Au... Read more


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