Win: La La La: A Story of Hope by Kate diCamillo & Jaime Kim


One of our favourite visiting authors this year, Kate diCamillo, is publishing her first picture book in ten years! It’s an inspiring nearly wordless collaboration with illustrator Jaime Kim who works in gouache and acrylics to create poignant images.

The book called ‘La La La: A Story of Hope‘ is a tale about a young girl searching for friendship. She sets out with courage and curiosity, singing her song, reaching out to the trees and the pond, venturing further and further, until she sings to the moon. Her journey is inspiring and emotionally satisfying crossing transcendent landscapes.

Walker Books Australia has offered us ten prize packs as giveaways. Each pack contains a copy of the book which comes out in October, and a poster of a scene from the book, as previewed below.

To WIN one of TEN packs of poster and book, simply tell us

Who you would read this book with and/or your best tip for reading wordless (or nearly wordless!) picture books with young people. 


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Terms and Conditions

Entry is open to residents of Australia only, and persons entering must be over 18 years of age.

Entry is a game of skill and chance plays no part in determining a winner.

Winners will be chosen by CBD editors from all eligible entries received.

Judges decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Winners will be contacted via email so make sure yours is correct when you comment.

If a winner is unable to be contacted or does not claim their Prize within 14 days the prize will be forfeited.

In the event of forfeiture a further draw will be conducted within 14 days and a new winner will be selected.


The Prize will be sent to the winner’s address.

Prizes are not transferable or redeemable for cash.

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  1. I would share this with my year fours who are big fans of picture books. The words would come from them. It’s always amazing what they see in illustrations.

  2. The beauty of picture books is they can have a different narrative for each reader. I love how children ‘see and tell’ details in the pictures that capture their own imagination. You can also read them fast or slowly – the power of the story is in your (the reader’s) hands.

    Pretty excited to see what magic Kate has created 💕

  3. I would share this Kate dicamillo book with my grandchildren. With wordless or almost wordless books I encourage them to help tell the story. They love books like this and I do too. How exciting.

  4. I would love to read this with my 7 year old granddaughter, by allowing her to tell me what she sees in the illustrations. As this would lead to a lovely sharing time, I know she would then sit down with her 5 year old twin brothers and then her 3 year old brother. They love their books and are great at sharing stories and discussing meanings. They love nature and camping, and love to make friends, so this book would resonate strongly with them.

  5. I would read these books with my grandchildren – four 7 and 8 year olds and it would be they who read to me. We could have a lot of fun.

  6. I would read this with my four year old daughter! She has the most amazing imagination and she could use the illustrations to tell a different story each time we read it!! 😍

  7. With all of my classes – I’ve just started work as a teacher-librarian (yay!). I’m working to convince the ‘big kids’ that picture books aren’t just for little kids, and also doing book talks on some of Kate’s other books. I’ve started looking at deeper themes through picture books & using them as a jumping point for philosophical discussions- life is great !

  8. I would share this book with my 10yo daughter and 5yo twin boys, we love Kate di Camillo. I love a wordless book for days when all I have done is talk and yell, the kids can tell me the story.

  9. I’d read this book with my 8yo daughter – because even though she’s a strong reader, we still enjoy reading picture books together. We have a few favourite text-less books. We have our own story for each of them that’s grown out of a combination of prompts from me and story adaptations from my daughter, the story becoming more elaborate on each pass. Sound effects are mandatory. The entire feel of reading these books is that they’re a ritual that we’ve created together. La La La sounds like it wold fit right in with this approach.

  10. I would share this book with all my classes at my primary school where i am the librarian. I love Kate’s books and this would be a great book for sharing with all primary school children. To share a wordless picture book, i find the key is to get close to the children, and make sure everyone can see. Then question, question, question, to get the children thinking and exploring the story.

  11. This would be an inspiring and delightful read for my niece. I would love to hear her review and interpretation after reading this book.

  12. It sounds like a delightful story; I would love to share it with my 4 year old daughter and 2 year old son, they both adore story time and finding elements in the pictures that help tell the story. I would also enjoy reading it with students when I go back to my teaching work, I love working on visual literacy skills with primary school kids.

  13. I have a one year old girl in mind when I see this beautiful cover, already so very engaged in the world of books that I am astounded by her enthusiasm and language development as a result. Her little fingers point. Her little fingers lead. I am guided by her as to what the story will be. She is the cover of this book. I have never seen a child so placed in the world and so eager to share in what it has to give. La La La, sings. Who wouldn’t want to join in that song?

  14. I would share this book with my two 7 year old daughters who navigate the friendship ocean in very different ways and are still best friends. My tip for reading wordless or nearly wordless books is to start out by role modelling what to do. Talk about what can be seen, facial expressions, what might happen next etc and then do this less and less as the book goes on or as you read more books. One of my daughters adores wordless books so we read then alot.

  15. My four year old granddaughter often walks around the yard in full voice singing to the trees and the birds so I think the similarities would open up conversations about where are the best places to sing!

  16. I would read this to my neice… I would actually ask her to read it to me.. letting her imagination and the illustrations to take us far away on a journey

  17. I would read this with my niece and nephew. I’m sure they would jump in with their narrative so First I would listen, and then ask questions about what they think is happening if they need prompting. I would love to see what my nine and 11 year old think too. Maybe they’re not to old for picture books after all?

  18. Oh how delicious! I would share this with my 5 year old daughter who loves nothing more than to make up stories and songs all day long. We would use the imagery to take us on many beautiful adventures together (and most likely a small play involving stuffed animals too). Then it would go to preschool for a visit of creation, it will be shared with friends and family and eventually be passed down through the generations, sparking imaginations and connecting people for decades to come.

  19. La La La would be devoured by me and my ever singing six year old. Whilst she is starting to read I want to reinforce the importance and magic of picture books, of discovering your own way in the world and of course all of this with her bestie (a doll named La La). My daughter, who is learning to embrace the beauty and uniqueness of her culture and her body, is also often singing her own song and waiting for someone to connect – I think this book would support our empowering messages as she grows into her skin and embraces her inner strengths and super powers. La la la!

  20. My 8 year old daughter requested Kate diCamillo books for her recent birthday and is working her way through them at a fierce rate. It’s lovely to see her so enthused, but I would love to curl up with a picture book again and slowly read, and re-read it with her, discovering the story in the pictures as well as the words. She saw La La La in the window of our local independent bookshop yesterday and was stopped in her tracks, so I know it would be very well received.

  21. As much as I would love sharing it intimately with small groups of children, the reality of classes is they are often large!! I have adapted to using the Ipevo camera (document viewer taken out of holder), or have one of students take role of film crew, so I can read it as per usual, but also project images onto large screen for students to view easily. Ideally leave copy for students to handle up close after. Nothing like hands on the pages!!
    Love wordless picture books & often recommend them as enrichment for those who speed through text without looking!(because they can!)Slows them down & makes them think. Also great for less fluent readers to confidently contribute to book discussion without feeling threatened.
    Look forward to reading it!!


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