KATRINA GERMEIN  writes joyful books for children. She is a best-selling author who believes young readers deserve stories that inspire curiosity, imagination, and laughter. Published internationally, Katrina’s popular titles include Before you were Born and My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, which was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. The fifth book in the same series will be published next year. Katrina is also the recipient of numerous Notable Book commendations and a Speech Pathology Book of the Year award. Thunderstorm Dancing was Katrina’s fourth title to feature on the children’s television program, Play School.  In 2022 Katrina released her first non-fiction picture book, Wonderful Wasps, while 2023 will see the release of her first sing-along story, One Little Duck. Katrina’s book Bev and Kev is currently shortlisted for a CBCA Book of the Year Award.

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 herbal tea; she also quite likes bushwalking and going to the beach. Katrina has an outstanding guinea pig named Honeydew. Summer is her favourite season.

Read Katrina’s newsletters on Substack here: Thirty-two Pages.

Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.”


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