Fresh Air Kids with Melinda Schoutens
‘Nature is a powerful and necessary element in the lives of our children.’
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Melinda Schoutens, co-author of the fantastic Fresh Air Kids Switzerland book series. All images are supplied by Melinda. Here we go!
Hey Melinda, tell me about yourself!
I am an American who moved with my husband to Switzerland in 2007. We are now a family of four, plus our cat, Luna. We currently reside in Basel, though always toy...
Good Night, Switzerland: A homesick project
Goodnight Switzerland: a homesick project
Here is the sun going down
and here are the children,
ready for bed…
I have lived abroad for many years, and haven’t been homesick for Switzerland once. Apart from the chocolate, I didn’t miss it much; never longed for mountain chalets, Edelweiss flowers or Thomy mustard; didn’t pine for family and friends. Based in the UK, I could always return to my hometown Berne within hours if I nee...
’50 Amazing Swiss Women’ is out! And Interviews, interviews, interviews
Our book is out exactly 50 years after Swiss women finally got the vote! Hurrah! And isn’t it beautiful?
You can watch the book trailer here:
But why did it take so long for women to get the vote in Switzerland in the first time? Find out on BBC Radio Wales, where I was interviewed on this question together with Dr. Christa Tobler:
- 43 minutes in: ‘Why were women in Switzerland so late to get the vote in Switzerland?’BBC Radio Wales. Find the interview he...
Wed, 25 Nov 2020 14:07:14
50 Amazing Swiss Women – stories you should know about
50 sensationelle Schweizerinnen
50 Suissesses sensationnelles
for anyone 8+
I have been busy over the past couple of months, researching and writing true stories about AMAZING Swiss women, present and past, together with my co-authors Laurie Theurer, Katie Hayoz, Alnaaze Nathoo, and Barbara Nigg. It’s been the most exciting voyage of discovery for all of us. Who knew that Switzerland was s...
Easter Egg fun with natural dye
This is my all-time favourite Easter activity that I won’t ever skip. I’ve decorated eggs like this ever since I was a little child with my Mum in Switzerland, and I love the deep red tones of these eggs so much more than any more brightly coloured ones. And no matter how careful you are when “wrapping” them up, the result is ALWAYS a surprise. Kids love doing this.
Once you’re done, you won’t only have pretty eggs, they are also perfectly edible, ideal for an Easter ...
Le Temps interview
An interview about Geneva’s history in Le Temps today (in French):
As I was tidying my desk today, I came across this little gem. Many years ago, I was part of a group of writers reading their works in progress to a roomful of children at the Library in English in Geneva. I read my then unpublished, unillustrated manuscript “The Elephant in the Room”, and then asked the children to draw the illustrations for it… This was the story that would eventually become...
As an inherently social person, I have often struggled with the loneliness of a writer’s life. But recently I learned that writing doesn’t have to be lonely. It doesn’t have to be slow, hard and painful. It doesn’t have to just be me chatting to my imaginary characters in my head, and occasionally swearing at the computer. Writing can be a fast, fun, and social process. I have been writing for six years, but never knew this. Now I’ve learned it’s possible – with a little help...
Slobber Slobber Kiss Kiss – we have a winner!
We have a winner!
The winner was announced at Helvetiq’s stand at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair 2019, where Switzerland was the guest of honour.
Kasia Fryza from Poland will illustrate SLOBBER SLOBBER KISS KISS – out with Helvetiq in autumn 2019! I’m very happy and excited about this collaboration!
Find out more about Kasia and her beautiful work here: http://www.ksiezopolska.com/
Buy a card and get a book!
Limited edition RED HOT FIREBALL CARDS and BOOK
– now available
Look how pretty they are:
The brand new Red Hot Fireball greeting cards/books are ready to blast into your letterboxes – just in time for Christmas.
The Red Hot Fireball is a bi-lingual, interactive story for children aged 3+. Think kindle app for children, with gorgeous pictures which move when touched.
You can read the story in English or French, and/or listen to it in either language, too.
Slobber Slobber Kiss Kiss
I have just signed my third publishing contract. My picture book, Slobber Slobber Kiss Kiss, will be published by Swiss publisher Helvetiq in autumn 2019. Hurrah!
What’s more, my story is the subject of an international Illustration Competition. The winner will be announced and showcased at Bologna Book Fair 2019, where Switzerland is the country of honour – to learn more about the publisher and/or the competition, please visit: