Charlotte Barkla spent several years crunching numbers as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, chapter books and middle-grade fiction. Her first three children’s books are due for release in 2020 – a picture book with Hardie Grant Egmont and two middle-grade novels with Penguin Random House.
Rebecca Sheraton is a children’s writer, primary school teacher and book lover. When she’s not writing, you’ll find Rebecca exercising, reading, drinking her favourite cup of tea or trying to decide which books to take from the bookshop or library. There’s no such thing as too many books.
Maria Parenti- Baldey is a primary teacher, public speaker and journalist. She started Big Sister Blogs to write about Writerly Wisdoms where she shares authors, illustrators and storytellers’ workshop tips. Her picture books reviews are from a teacher’s perspective.
Margaret McKay-Lowndes is a retired Teacher Librarian with an interest in connecting young people to quality literature. She has a life long interest in all things language. She started out as a secondary school English teacher before morphing into teacher librarian, and now, book reviewer. She is the current CBCA judge for Younger Readers. Too much reading is hardly enough!
Leslee Anne Hewson writes for both children and adults and has short stories for adults published in two anthologies. She believes in the magic of childhood and considers both child and adult should enjoy children’s books, especially picture books and early readers.
Sue Wright is the owner of micro-press Tiny Owl Workshop. She publishes novellas, zines and children’s books and produces multi-media projects through the imprint Curious, with Terry Whidborne. She has a fondness for tea and a collection of picture books that can be seen from space.
Tyrion Perkins has worked in many libraries, where her favourite things are story time and finding books to suit particular children. She writes for all ages and is currently honing those manuscripts for publication. She is active in several organisations for children’s literature.
Mia Macrossan is a former CBCA children’s book of the year judge and currently judges children’s books for the Queensland Literary awards as well as the annual Brisbane City Council libraries Muir Shield award for best Book Week display. She founded the Last Tuesday Children’s Book Club for adults who love to read and discuss children’s books and reviews for Magpies, Reading Time, 4MBS Radio and of course, StoryLinks.
Yvonne Mes is a children’s author and illustrator. She has written several picture books including Meet Sidney Nolan Penguin Random House, Oliver’s Grumbles Yellow Brick Books, Honey for Bee, Kindergo and her story A Starry Christmas was animated by Electric Canvas and displayed on the Brisbane City Hall for two weeks in December, 2017. Yvonne coordinates Write Links, Story Links and is the President of the non-profit organisation Book Links.
Lyn Halliday has been a technical writer for over ten years and is working towards publication of her own middle-grade novels. she loves writing fun poems for kids and creating exciting adventures j- inspired by her travels to real places! Lyn was awarded an Australian Society of Authors Emerging Writers’ and Illustrators mentorship prize for her middle-grade novel and is always amazed at the talent right on our doorstep. You can read her blog on writing and travel at lynhalliday.com.
Dajo Finlayson is a retired Secondary Teacher Librarian with more than 40 years experience working primarily in the teaching areas of English and Social Science (HSS). She is passionate about her ‘Reading around Curriculum’ programme which has extensive lists of resources, both fiction and non-fiction, that complement and enrich many curriculum areas. When not reading, she enjoys family, friends and travel.
Zewlan Moor is an avid reader and received First Class Honours in English Literature (UNSW) for her thesis comparing Children’s Fantasy Texts. She is a member of the Last Tuesday Children’s Book Club and is a freelance writer. Her day job is as a procedural GP. Recently she has founded Byron Bibliotherapy, where she helps people who are at a crossroads or in a reading rut to find the right book at the right time.
Lucy McGinley lives in a house where dinosaurs roam the bathroom, chess pieces invade the dinner table and drawings of the weird and the wonderful carpet the floor. Words wrap around her like possums clinging to telecom lines, plop onto pages steadily like koala droppings and dart into the grass like blue tongue lizards! She spends her days captivating kindergarten children and her afternoons marvelling over birds feathers, seedpods and occasionally snake skins, with her son.
Kerry Neary is a retired teacher librarian with 35 years’ teaching experience, 19 of which were spent as a teacher librarian in Queensland Government secondary schools. He is a life member of the Children’s Book Council of Australia. He regularly reviews children’s picture books on the community radio station 4MBS. He has been a judge of the Children’s Book Council Awards several times and is currently a judge for the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards.
Inda Ahmad Zabri believes in a world of wonder. She lives in Brisbane where she writes and illustrates for children. Her stories are inspired by natural and cultural gems curated from her travels and lovingly added to her Malaysian heritage. She is also a surgical doctor, swapping her writer’s hat and paintbrush for scrubs and scalpel when duty calls. You can find her at www.indabinda.com where she regularly blogs about the treasures of nature and her love of books.
Renee Hills is a picture book author, and writer of Flash Fiction and creative reflective writing vignettes. Her picture book Turtle Love was published in 2017 and her story Proof was published in Short and Twisted, Celapene Press 2017. Renee loves words and going to writing workshops.
Danielle Freeland writes books for children to inspire hope, joy and discover the beauty in the world around us. Most of the time, you can find her engaged in one of the three ‘R’s: reading, writing or wrangling children. In between, when she sneaks a free moment, she likes to dance, sing and laugh till her belly aches.
Andrea Wilson is a writer, a mother and a speech pathologist. Originally from Montreal, Andrea and her family have lived in Canada, USA and Australia. Andrea currently resides in Brisbane with her husband and two children. When she’s not writing or practising speech pathology, Andrea can be found untangling knots in her daughter’s hair, and cleaning cereal off her son’s highchair.
Claire Monsour is a speech-language pathologist with a passion for early language and literacy development. She is a judge for the Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year competition (in the 3-5 year category). Claire’s hobby is making up and writing children’s stories, and she hopes to have some of her stories published one day. She loves books that encourage children and adults to have further conversations and explore themes beyond the story.