Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Katrina Germein.
The award winning and bestselling picture book author, Katrina Germein, grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, dreaming of becoming a vet, a mum, and a teacher.
In 1997, Katrina followed her passion for teaching and began working at a remote Aboriginal community school in the Northern Territory called Minyerri. Little did she know that Minyerri would soon become the start of her illustrious writing career and the backdrop to her debut picture book, Big Rain Coming, which was released in 1999 and remains in print.
She has since penned several popular and distinguished titles including My Dad Thinks He’s Funny, Baby Dance, Somebody’s House, Thunderstorm Dancing and My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny. The honest, hopeful and happy spirit in which Katrina approaches her writing is woven through each carefully selected word included in her timeless stories.
Her soon to be released Great Goal! Marvellous Mark! has already generated positive attention. Her preceding title, My Mum Says The Strangest Things, was recently shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. The recognition Katrina continues to receive further exemplifies her valuable contribution to Children’s literature and her ability to create beloved stories that are vibrant and relatable.
Katrina’s books have become favourites within Australia, and globally. Her books have been featured on children’s television programs including Play School, and, are treasured within schools, libraries, and households.
As someone who says their favourite word is disenchanted and uses the word often, Katrina’s stories and demeanour is anything but. However, for the enchanting storyteller, she is, disenchanted is a perfect descriptive word for a perfect descriptive writer to adore. Katrina genuinely demonstrates authenticity, her sincerity in all that she says and does is admirable.
The traditions she continues to uphold from her childhood, such as, owning a dog (Mango), spending summer at the beach and eating dinner with her family at the table each night, again signifies her earnest character.
When she is not writing, Katrina works part-time as an early childhood teacher. She holds a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education.
Her other childhood dream, of becoming a mother, has also been granted, as she has three delightful children.
Amongst her favourite things, Katrina enjoys reading fiction, spending time on boats, collecting picture books, napping in the sun, bush walking, drinking hot cups of tea and going to the beach.
From the days of wanting to be a vet, a mum, and a teacher, Katrina’s roles have now extended out to writing. Her appreciation for the mere act of sitting down, writing, and becoming lost in the work, shows that writing has always been somewhat a part of Katrina. As we find ourselves getting lost in the charming words and stories Katrina shares, we too are glad that Katrina may have substituted the role of vet for the role of author.
We look forward to reading more stories from the wonderful Katrina Germein, could a story about a mermaid or koala be next? Stay tuned.
You can read more about Katrina Germein on her website: katrinagermein.com
Introduction by Jaqueline de Rose-Ahern
Some of Katrina Germein's books