About

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I am a children’s author and active member of the Australian children’s publishing industry. I am a member of the CBCA and SCBWI, am a Books in Homes role model, support the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and the Lake Macquarie Paint the Lake REaD initiative, and speak regularly at local preschools and schools about books, reading, literacy, and being an author. You can find information about my author talks and workshops here.

I am Managing Editor of Kids’ Book Review, a popular Australian children’s literature website focusing on books for children and teenagers. The website features reviews, interviews, and guest posts related to books and literacy topics and events. You can find my reviews and article for Kids’ Book Review here.

I have written for a variety of niche market magazines and websites over the past 10 years. I have also written or contributed to the following books:

  • Don’t Think About Purple Elephants – written by Susan Whelan, illustrated by Gwynneth Jones (published by EK Books in April 2015)
  • The Great Sock Secret – written by Susan Whelan, illustrated by Gwynneth Jones (will be published by EK Books in October 2016)
  • Children’s Imagination: Creativity Under Our Noses – written by Ursula Kolbe. (published by Peppinot Press 2014) [Contributed parent perspective on childhood creativity]

The title of this blog comes from one of my favourite authors, Dr Seuss. “I can read in a circle and upside down.” (I Can Read With My Eyes Shut). Reading Upside Down was originally a book blog, but it has evolved to include posts about other issues that I’m passionate about, such as writing, creativity and the importance of making a difference as well as general posts about every day topics.

On a more personal note, I’m a busy mother of three school-aged children. I love tea, hate coffee, love to bake and hate to clean. I firmly believe that there’s no such thing as too many books, just not enough book shelves.

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