KATRINA GERMEIN writes joyful books for children. She is the author of the best-selling My Dad Thinks He’s Funny series and believes young readers deserve stories that inspire curiosity, imagination, and laughter. With over twenty published titles, Katrina has seen her highly acclaimed work sold around the world. Recent publications include Before You Were Born and the nonfiction picture book, Wonderful Wasps. Katrina’s stories have been Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, received Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and won the Speech Pathology Book of the Year award. Thunderstorm Dancing was Katrina’s fourth title to feature on the children’s television program, Play School. Katrina’s very first book, Big Rain Coming, has remained continuously in print for over twenty years.
Katrina writes picture books because they make her heart sing; her work has been described as ‘love-filled’, ‘goose-bumpling’ and ‘achingly beautiful’. Some stories take time to tame but Katrina doesn’t mind because she wants them to be perfect. Her stories are about family, friendships, and the natural environment. Katrina draws inspiration from those around her as well as the places she goes, the things she sees, and the characters she meets along the way. She says she began writing by accident when a story in her head wouldn’t go away so she wrote it down to set it free.
Katrina holds a Bachelor of Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education. She continues to teach part-time and regularly delivers author talks to writers of all ages.
Katrina enjoys reading, daydreaming and drinking hot cups of tea; she also quite likes bushwalking and going to the beach. Katrina has an outstanding guinea pig named Honeydew. Summer is her favourite season.
“Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.”