Katrina Germein is a best-selling picture book author. Published worldwide, Katrina’s book, Big Rain Coming, has remained continuously in print since it was first published in 1999. Her popular title, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards. Thunderstorm Dancing is among many of Katrina’s books to have received a Notable Book Commendation from The Children’s Book Council of Australia, and feature on children’s television programs such as Play School. Several of Katrina’s titles have also been shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award.
Katrina writes picture books because they make her heart sing; her work has been described as ‘love-filled’ and ‘goose-bumpling’. 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 works as an early childhood teacher. Katrina has tried to leave teaching several times but it always calls her back.
Katrina is an experienced presenter and recent appearances include The Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books and The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. Katrina’s volunteer roles include being an ambassador for Raising Literacy Australia, a Books in Homes Role Model and a Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador (South Australia).
When she’s not writing, teaching or parenting, Katrina enjoys reading fiction, napping in the sun and drinking hot cups of tea. She also quite likes bushwalking, running and going to the beach. Katrina has an energetic dog named Mango and would really like to own a cat. Summer is Katrina’s favourite season.
Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.