Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, John Heffernan.
John Heffernan (DICE to his friends) has written a vast array of Children’s books, from picture books to fantasy, ghost tales to comedy, John has covered an assortment of genres and has been able to enthral early readers and young adults alike. John has even written a series of Battle Boy junior reader books under the pseudonym “Charlie Carter.” His gripping story lines and believable characters appeal to diverse audiences, keeping readers at the edge of their seat.
John has received a tremendous amount of recognition for his exceptional work. His books Spud, Pup and The Boot Thief were chosen as Notable Books by the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA). Rachel’s Forest was shortlisted for the Wilderness Society’s Environmental Award for Literature. The gorgeous My Dog picture book with illustrations by Andrew McLean, was awarded Book of the Year for Younger Readers, and was a Honour book in the CBCA Picture Book category, the book was also shortlisted for the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and has been translated into Japanese and French. Two Summers was shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year and received the Crichton Award. A Horse Called Elvis was chosen as a CBCA Honour Book for Younger Readers, and was shortlisted for the 2007 and 2008 YABBA awards. The Island was a CBCA Honour Book and received a White Raven award at Bologna, it was also inducted into the International Youth Library in Munich. Marty’s Shadow was a Honour Book for Older Readers from the CBCA, and was shortlisted for the Queensland Premier’s Literary Awards. Where There’s Smoke was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier’s Award for Literature, in the Patricia Wrightson Prize.
The rural settings and the evident love of animals featured in some of John’s early stories all play homage to his environment, living on a property in northern New South Wales, with his wife, two daughters, three cats, a house dog and seven working ones, horses, cattle and sheep all factor in his early books.
Born in Sydney and often found day dreaming as a kid, John had plans of being an author or an archaeologist. His “Charlie Carter” pseudonym derives from his fondness for archaeology, writing books that dig up the past and solving historic mysteries.
John’s remarkable books Hotaka, a fictionalised story following a young survivor of the 2011 tsunami in Japan, and Naveed: Through My Eyes, a tale of a teenage boy living in the conflict zone of Afghanistan, both attest to John’s ability to deeply connect with distinct audiences through heartfelt, compelling and respectful narratives.
We are pleased to welcome John Heffernan to the Creative Kids Tales community.
Introduction by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern
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