Katrina Germein is a best-selling picture book author, published worldwide. Her popular title, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and became the first book in the ever-growing ‘My Dad’ series. In 2019 Katrina received a Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Let’s Go Strolling. Many of Katrina’s other stories, such as Big Rain Coming and Thunderstorm Dancing, have been recognised as Children’s Book Council Notable Books and featured on various television programs including Play School. Katrina is an ambassador for Raising Literacy Australia, a Books in Homes Role Model and a Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador. Her work is included in the United Way (Dolly Parton Imagination Library) distribution list. Katrina’s latest titles include Before You Were Born and Bev and Kev. In 2022 Katrina will release several new books including her first non-fiction picture book.
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 Master’s 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 fiction and drinking hot cups of tea; she also quite likes bushwalking, running (slowly) and going to the beach. Katrina has an energetic dog named Mango and summer is her favourite season.
*Listen to Katrina talk about all things picture books, here.
“Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.”