Katrina Germein is a best-selling picture book author. Published worldwide, her first book, Big Rain Coming, has remained continuously in print since it was originally published in 1999. Katrina’s popular story, Thunderstorm Dancing, is among many of Katrina’s titles to have received a Notable Commendation from The Children’s Book Council of Australia and feature on children’s television programs such as Play School. Her much-loved picture book, My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, was Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and in 2019, Katrina received the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for Let’s Go Strolling. New titles for Katrina in 2020 include Tell `Em, Shoo You Crocodile and My Dad Thinks He’s Super Funny.
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.
An experienced presenter, Katrina’s appearances include The Adelaide Festival of Children’s Books and The Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival. Other roles include being an ambassador for Raising Literacy Australia, a Books in Homes Role Model and a Premier’s Reading Challenge Ambassador.
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.
Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.