Children’s Authors

Children’s Authors

bennettVicki Bennett is an excellent ANZAC day speaker for grades 3-5 in primary schools, libraries and community groups. As a child, her grandfather, a WW1 veteran, told her stories about the Great War and she has been under the spell of this period ever since. Vicki has written two children’s picture storybooks about this period: Two Pennies (Boolarong Press) and The Little Stowaway, (Scholastic Australia). She has written a feature film screenplay about the Little Stowaway. A new Picture Storybook, about a nurse in WWII, has been commissioned by Scholastic for publication around Anzac Day in 2021.

The Little Stowaway
Set at the end of WW1 where a ragged, hungry little French orphan came out of the fog on a freezing cold Christmas night in 1918 and wandered into an Australian airmen's mess and his journey home began.
This excellent pre-Remembrance Day or ANZAC Day presentation includes the back-story to the writing of the book, a two-minute film about the book, a reading of the story with PowerPoint illustrations and time for questions and discussion. Available for 30-40 minute Presentations
Two Pennies.
George, a little boy in Melbourne, wanted to help rebuild a school in Villers Bretonneux, destroyed by enemy fire in World War I. His school made the rebuilding of the French school their project: The Penny Drive.
George raised two pennies by caring for the horses, which pulled the carts to deliver bread for his father's bakery. Many years later, when George was dying, he asked his daughter to take two more pennies to the school in France. This is a story about hope and the love of children between two countries.
This excellent pre-Remembrance Day or ANZAC Day presentation includes the back-story to the writing of the book, a two-minute film about the book, a reading of the story with PowerPoint illustrations and time for questions and discussion. Available for 30-40 minute Presentations

bavatiRobyn Bavati has taught dance and English and worked as a shiatsu therapist. Her latest novel is Within these Walls, a book about the Holocaust for upper primary and lower secondary students which won the Older Readers category of the WA Young Readers' Book Award 2018, and was short listed in the Younger Readers Category of the 2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Robyn is also the author of the critically acclaimed Dancing in the Dark, a CBCA Notable Book in 2010, and the novel Pirouette. She is currently working on her fourth novel for young adults.
Robyn is a great champion of personal choice and writes about characters that go to extraordinary lengths to achieve their dreams. She is passionate about giving students the tools that empower them to write with confidence. Robyn’s school sessions are best suited to students in Years 6-9, and her workshops are suitable for students aged ten and above, as well as for adults aspiring to publication and teachers wishing to acquire the tools to teach creative writing in the classroom.