KATRINA GERMEIN writes joyful books for children. She 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. Katrina’s book Before You Were Born is currently shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards, an award Katrina won in 2019. Katrina’s first non-fiction book, Wonderful Wasps, will be released in 2022, along with the very funny, My Dad Thinks He’s a Pirate, the latest book in the best-selling My Dad series.
Katrina’s work has been Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and received Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Thunderstorm Dancing was Katrina’s fourth title to feature on the children’s television program, Play School. Katrina’s first book, Big Rain Coming, is included in the United Way distribution list (Dolly Parton Imagination Library) and 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, Australian life, 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 Masters Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has three children and continues to teach part-time. (Katrina has tried to leave teaching several times but it always calls her back.) Katrina is an experienced presenter, regularly delivering author presentations and workshops in schools and at festivals.
When she’s not writing, teaching, or parenting, Katrina enjoys reading all day and drinking hot cups of tea; she also quite likes bushwalking, running (slowly), and going to the beach. Katrina has a gorgeous dog named Mango and an outstanding guinea pig named Honeydew. Summer is her favourite season.
*Listen to Katrina talk about all things picture books, here.
“Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.”