Stories are so important. We each hold so much knowledge and can empower others, through storytelling, so they may learn from our words and feel our support. Meet our amazing authors below.
Naomi is an enthusiastic, friendly and warm-spirited woman who is passionate about being the best individual she can be. She has an Honours Bachelor Degree in Primary Education and embarked on the author's platform in the hope to nurture and instill courage into young lives.
Her dream is to write about sensitive topics in a way to bring about freedom, love and warmth, empowering readers with effective communication and dialogue in which to discuss difficult issues.
Naomi is the mother of an inspiring daughter and the wife to an incredibly supportive and amazing husband. As a family they love to travel and explore the natural wonders of the Earth. It is in these organic places, with the most important people in her life, that Naomi truly feels connected and herself.
Jedidah is a mother of three, Music Teacher and aspiring picture book author. She was born in St. George, Queensland and currently lives in Bargara, a beautiful coastal community near Bundaberg, Queensland. She loves running, reading, singing and being silly with her three daughters.
When Jedidah was young it was often said that she was a little ‘weird’ or just a touch ‘outside the box’. For years she thought this was a terrible thing, after all, who wants to stand out from a crowd? As she started developing wrinkles and the odd silver highlight, Jedidah finally learnt not just to embrace ‘difference’ but to celebrate it. Sharing this message is the reason for writing her second picture book, “You’re Different Jemima!”
Jedidah's ideas for stories blossom from personal experiences. She was once that child who coloured a rainbow duck instead of a yellow one and has always sung loud and proud. Now she is hoping that she is a teacher, like Mrs Chuckles from her latest book, who celebrates the uniqueness of each child.
Thirteen year-old Pippa Dowling is currently in year 7 and lives on the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria. She has 2 step-sisters, one step-brother and one half-sister. She spends her time with friends and family and loves drawing and reading, especially stories about other people’s lives. Pippa has a wonderful, creative imagination and loves using it to create fantastic role-playing games with her sisters. Pippa firmly believes that everybody deserves to be treated with kindness. ‘Just Like Molly’, written when she was just ten years old, is Pippa’s first book and she is very excited to see where this journey may lead.
Aleesah Darlison is an award-winning Australian children’s author who writes picture books, chapter books and novels. Her much-loved stories promote courage, understanding, anti-bullying, self-belief, friendship, teamwork and environmental themes. Since commencing her writing journey six years ago, she has written over 35 books and has won numerous awards for her writing including an Australian Society of Authors (ASA) mentorship and the Environment Award for Children’s Literature (Non-Fiction) for her picture book, Our Class Tiger. In 2012, she was shortlisted for the same award for her picture book, Warambi.
Travelling throughout Australia and overseas, Aleesah delivers talks and workshops to children and adults at preschools, schools, libraries, bookstores, literary festivals and writers’ centres. She is currently Director of the NSW Writers’ Centre Kids and YA Literary Festival. When Aleesah isn't creating entertaining and enchanting stories, she's usually looking after her four very energetic and imaginative children.
Sarah is a passionate and vivacious primary educator, writer, wife and mother to one amazing toddler girl. She has completed a Bachelor of Education (K-7) and several writing courses. With a strong knowledge of the Australian Curriculum, Sarah has enthusiasm for child mental health and early literacy. Since the birth of her first child she has been excited to begin her long held dream of writing for children.
As a teacher, Sarah is faced more and more with the ever-growing emotional issues of her students and the community. Her writing endeavour is to empower young readers, parents and teachers in order to tackle difficult emotional issues head-on with sensitivity, confidence and love.
When she's not teaching or writing, Sarah is lovingly raising her 2 year old daughter and enjoys singing, dancing, playing with her golden retriever and cat and exploring the world.
Laura is an emerging author who never lost her childhood interest in things magical and whimsy. Through her work in the music industry and public relations, Laura has fostered a love for words be they poetry, prose, or lyrics. This love of words mixed with a dash of the fantastical and a passion for children’s literature has resulted in a style of writing unique to Laura that delivers heartfelt messages wrapped up in delightful stories that never sound didactic.
Laura is a single mother three beautiful children to whom Laura is devoted. Following the birth of her children she rediscovered her love of writing. Being friends with her children is where Laura has developed her manner of addressing the big issues that children face in their everyday lives without being condescending to her audience.
Spanning across formats, Laura has produced many short stories and is honoured to have her debut children’s picture book, ‘Elliott’s Rainbow Heart’ published with Empowering Resources in April, 2017.
Like a magpie, Laura is drawn to places and people that sparkle. She can never pass a dandelion without blowing away the seeds, and she thinks the world is always a little better after a good book. This is an author with her feet planted in the ground and her head in the clouds, which results in the kind of stories children love to treasure.
Christian der Kinderen
Christian is a primary school teacher currently living in Melbourne. He loves sharing picture books with the children in his class and hopes to become a successful children’s picture book author.
He is an avid traveller and has visited over 50 countries which was the inspiration for writing his first book. He has met so many wonderful people and seen many incredible places during his travels.
Christian is passionate about teaching children to respect and care for one another and to accept each other for who they are. People have so much they can learn from and appreciate about other people and cultures.
Christian aspires to write books that will empower children to develop an understanding and promote tolerance of all cultures.
Suzi is a qualified teacher, wife, full-time mother to an energetic and book-loving toddler, and a budding picture book writer.
She has a Bachelor of Arts in Writing and a Diploma of Education in Early Childhood Studies, having taught pre-primary before the birth of her daughter. Recently, she has completed a course in Writing Picture Books for Children.
Suzi is making her writing debut with her picture book, ‘My Daddy is Different’. Her father suffers from a mental illness, and this had a huge impact on her childhood. Her experiences inspire her writing, and she hopes that with this story, she can help children who are struggling with similar issues. She also has an interest in fostering children’s self-esteem, and hopes that her writing journey will offer opportunities to fulfil this.
Living in the coastal city of Bunbury, Western Australia, Suzi enjoys being close to the beach. With a toddler who is asserting her independence and two little dogs with big attitudes, life is busy, but in quiet moments, Suzi likes to read, write, play volleyball and tennis, and dream of the ever-elusive sleep in.
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