Children’s Books


Here are authors who write for the little kid still inside them, and also picture books for the very young. We can’t show you all the pictures so we have tried to pick two or three images to give you the flavour of the book.




EMMA ALLEN - Grandma, the Baby and Me

Emma Allen -head shot Emma Allen ‘s picture book is perfect to read to those little people who may be feeling left out when there is a new addition to the family!
Emma Allen - picture Illustrations by Hannah Sommerville.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016



TRISTAN BANCKS- My Life & other Exploding chickens

tridtan-bancks-new-head-shot My Life and Other Stuff I Made Up Girls are so scary when you are at primary school, but sometimes you have to do deals as Tristan’s pint sized protagonist finds out.   My Life and other Exploding Chickens Another hilarious instalment from this series in which our hero learns that homework can be farmed out - but it has to be paid for!   My Life and other Weaponised Muffins Tom plans to be good for a whole day - after all, how hard can it be?


LIBBY HATHORN - A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy & Eventual Poppy Day

A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy' is a children’s picture book about a soldier finding and adopting a dog he finds on the battlefield in World War One. Libby based this story on a real incident she researched after seeing an old newspaper photograph. Eventual Poppy Day is a book for young adults which vividly brings to life the reality of fighting in the First world war through a series of letters by a soldier to his family.


PETER HELLIAR- Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase

Peter Helliar's book is a pretty big read for this age group but according to him they just race through it - probably because Peter is a stand-up comedian and it's a pretty funny. This is a short read from him though!

Recorded at the Byron writers Festival 2017


FIONA KATAUSKAS - The Amazing True Story of how Babies are Made

Katauskas - head shot Cartoonist Fiona Katauskas went to the book shop to find a book for her children to explain how babies are made- and found there hadn’t been an literary update on this procedure for quite a while – so she wrote her own, thoroughly modern explanation for her own and all children and of course did all the funny illustrations . Katauskas -book pic

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016



JON KLASSEN - I want my hat back

jon-klassen-head-shot Jon writes simple tales for little children with delightfully whimsical drawings. In the video below he reads a description of his own illustration from the book.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016



CAROLE LANDER - Basketball Tree and Wheels of Fire

Another in a series of children's books from Carole Lander about being 'different'. Here she reads from her children’s book ‘Basketball Tree’.   Can you play sport from a wheelchair - you bet! Carole Lander reads from 'Wheels of fire.'


SUSAN PERROW- An A-Z collection of Behaviour Tales

susan-perrow-2 Susan Perrow writes Therapeutic Fiction - this book is a collection of stories for little children about behaviour – good and bad! Cranky Cockatoo bites everyone until wise Owl comes up with an ingenious solution.


LUKE PROUDFOOT – Shaka Shaka Hawaii

A group of Australian animal mates who love to surf! Comedy for grommets ! And Luke even has music on his website to go with the book. Click here to go to his music site:


SCOTT RHEUBEN - Roses are not Red

This charming picture book was written to open up children to look more closely at the world around them.


Suitable for 2-10 years old


RICHARD ROXBURGH - Artie and the Grime Wave

Richard Roxburgh loved reading to his two boys so much he decided to get in on the fun and write his own children's book! Being an actor, he can't resist reading all the characters in funny voices!

Recorded at Byron Writers Festival 2017


JOL TEMPLE - Capt. Jimmy Cook Discovers Third Grade

jol-temple-authors-headshot Jimmy thinks boys don't keep diaries- they keep logs! At least he comes to this conclusion after learning of his famous seafaring ancestor.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016


JESS WALTON– Introducing Teddy

This a lovely children’s book about being transgender which the author wrote for her own children after their ‘granpa’ became their ‘Nana’!

authors in their own words