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. Recent titles include Before You Were Born, Bev and Kev, and the nonfiction picture book, Wonderful Wasps (November 2022). Katrina’s stories have been Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, received Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, and won the Speech Pathology Book of the Year award. Thunderstorm Dancing was Katrina’s fourth title to feature on the children’s television program, Play School. Katrina’s very first book, Big Rain Coming, has remained continuously in print for over twenty years. New work in 2023 includes One Little Duck and the fifth book in the best-selling My Dad Thinks He’s Funny series.
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 and going to the beach. Katrina has a gorgeous dog named Mango and an outstanding guinea pig named Honeydew. Summer is her favourite season.
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“Books with happy endings give readers hopeful hearts.”