Each month Creative Kids Tales selects one Featured Author/Illustrator and one Emerging Author/Illustrator from our website. They are displayed and promoted for the FULL month. They have their profile/bio displayed and we interview both of them with a series of questions that are relevant to the children's writing industry.

Featured Author/Illustrator

  • Deborah Abela - December 2011
  • Mem Fox - January 2012
  • Dianne (Di) Bates - February 2012
  • Sue Whiting (Publishing Manager) - March 2012
  • Sue Whiting - April 2012
  • Andy Griffiths - May 2012
  • Tania McCartney - June 2012
  • Oliver Phommavanh - July 2012
  • Richard Harland - August 2012
  • Susanne Gervay - September 2012
  • Sheryl Gwyther - October 2012
  • Nick Bland - November 2012
  • Jackie French - December 2012
  • Bill Condon - January 2013
  • Paul Collins - February 2013
  • Anna Branford - March 2013
  • Paul Collins (publisher) - April 2013
  • Aleesah Darlison - May 2013
  • Belinda Murrell - June 2013
  • Jacqueline Harvey - July 2013
  • Sally Rippin - August 2013
  • DC Green - September 2013
  • Sandy Fussell - October 2013
  • Kate Forsyth - November 2013
  • Paul Jennings - December 2013
  • Leigh Hobbs - January 2014
  • Adam Wallace - February 2014
  • Michael Gerard Bauer - March 2014
  • Tristan Bancks - April 2014
  • Serena Geddes - May 2014
  • Dave Hackett - June 2014
  • George Ivanoff - July 2014
  • Dee White - August 2014
  • Wendy Orr - September 2014
  • Anna Fienberg - October 2014
  • Jill Carter-Hansen - November 2014
  • Deborah Abela - December 2014
  • Graeme Base - January 2015
  • Chris Cheng - February 2015
  • Meredith Costain - March 2015
  • Terry Denton - April 2015
  • Ursula Dubosarsky - May 2015
  • Sally Murphy - June 2015
  • Nick Falk - July 2015
  • Sally Odgers - August 2015
  • Michael Salmon - September 2015
  • Tony Flowers - October 2015
  • Janeen Brian - November 2015
  • Wendy Blaxland - December 2015
  • Jack Heath - February 2016
  • Shaun Tan - March 2016
  • Jules Faber - April 2016
  • Felice Arena - May 2016
  • Sarah Davis - June 2016
  • Isobelle Carmody - July 2016
  • Duncan Ball - August 2016
  • Stephen Michael King - September 2016
  • Michael Wagner - October 2016
  • Emma Quay - November 2016
  • Aaron Blabey - December 2016
  • Jen Storer - February 2017
  • Judith Rossell - March 2017
  • Justin D’Ath - April 2017
  • R.A. Spratt - May 2017
  • Katrina Germein - June 2017
  • Glenda Millard - July 2017
  • Margaret Wild - August 2017
  • Gus Gordon - September 2017
  • Tohby Riddle - October 2017
  • Libby Hathorn - November 2017
  • Bruce Whatley - December 2017
  • Peter Carnavas - February 2018

Emerging Author/Illustrator

  • Patricia Simmons - December 2011
  • Elizabeth Klein - January 2012
  • Gary Masskin - February 2012
  • Katie Stewart - March 2012
  • Vicki Griffin - April 2012
  • Kristyn Maslog-Levis - May 2012
  • Tracey Haimes - June 2012
  • JB Rowley - July 2012
  • Clancy Tucker - August 2012
  • Dimity Powell - September 2012
  • Tracey Slater - October 2012
  • Bernadette Smallwood - November 2012
  • Georgie Donaghey - December 2012
  • Kelly McDonald - January 2013
  • Rachel Keyes - February 2013
  • Katrina McKelvey - March 2013
  • Zac Souksamlane - April 2013
  • Marian Penman - May 2013
  • Cathie Whitmore - June 2013
  • Bianca Plunkett Gooley - July 2013
  • Zoya Nojin - August 2013
  • Caylie Jeffery - September 2013
  • Caroline Tuohey - October 2013
  • Melissa Wray - November 2013
  • A Year in Review - 2013
  • Rebecca Colless - January 2014
  • Natasha Hobson - February 2014
  • Melanie Lee - March 2014
  • Jaquelyn Muller - April 2014
  • Susan Berran - May 2014
  • Jackie Randall - June 2014
  • Kathy Creamer - July 2014
  • Sarah Mounsey - August 2014
  • Sonia Blackwell - September 2014
  • Heidi Mulligan - October 2014
  • Julie Anne Grasso - November 2014
  • A Year in Review - 2014
  • Artelle Lenthall - January 2015
  • Vicky Pratt - February 2015
  • Scott Chambers - March 2015
  • Luisa Gioffre-Suzuki - April 2015
  • Jonathan Gould - May 2015
  • Karen Mounsey-Smith - June 2015
  • Melanie Lee - July 2015
  • Janet Jackson - August 2015
  • Kayleen West - September 2015
  • R.E.C. Pearson - October 2015
  • Chelle Destefano - November 2015
  • A Year in Review - 2015
  • Jeffery E Doherty - February 2016
  • Patricia Ward - March 2016
  • Wendy Pakulsky - April 2016
  • Rachel Jones - May 2016
  • Allison Howard - June 2016
  • Elizabeth Paterson - July 2016
  • Jennifer Richards - August 2016
  • Lesley Reed - September 2016
  • Renee Price - October 2016
  • Eileen Magee - November 2016
  • A Year in Review - 2016
  • Megan Higginson - February 2017
  • Brydie Wright - March 2017
  • Debra Tidball - April 2017
  • Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern - May 2017
  • Wendy Milner - June 2017
  • Carole Lander - July 2017
  • Lynette Duffy - August 2017
  • Ashley Howland - September 2017
  • Debby Cameron - October 2017
  • Hayley Hunkin - November 2017
  • A Year in Review - 2017
  • Elizabeth Cummings - February 2018

  • 'Creative Kids Tales will jump-start adults seeking to become writers!' - www.wimpykid.com

    Jeff Kinney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a lovely online meeting space brimming with support and ideas for writers.'

    - katrinagermein.com

    Katrina Germein

  • 'Emerging from one's chrysalis of anonymity into the prodigious world of creative children's writing and publishing is a daunting prospect. Georgie Donaghey's Creative Kids Tales is a superlative source of inspiration and information for the bourgeoning writer and illustrator. She has created an invaluable platform from which writers, both developing and established, can view, promote and share each other's work, and most importantly aspirations. A fun, friendly, and informative forum that everyone in the kids' lit industry can benefit from.' Keep it up Georgie! - dimswritestuff.blogspot.com.au

    Dimity Powell
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a great forum for people who spend most of their working time alone. It is interesting and inspiring to see and hear what other authors and illustrators have to say.' - www.maisyfun.com

    Lucy Cousins
  • 'The long-distance marathon of writing, illustrating and publishing usually begins along a very foggy road, in the dark, shoeless. But wait! What's that light on the horizon? A glowing little cafe, full of a bunch other runners plotting out mud-maps on napkins and exchanging anecdotes, warning about ditches and praising short-cuts. Stop for a while, have a cup of tea, maybe even a shoe-fitting, then get yourself back on the road for the long slog to sunrise.' - www.shauntan.net

    Shaun Tan
  • 'This site is such a wonderful resource for writers and illustrators at every stage of the journey. I've learned more about some of my favourite people in children's literature here, but also had the joy of discovering whole new worlds of talent.' - annabranford.com

    Anna Branford
  • 'Thanks for being such a strong advocate for children’s literature, the power of stories, and reading.
    Keep fighting the good fight and call on me anytime.'

    Tristan Bancks
  • 'CKT is like the friendly and helpful colleague I could have done with when I started out. Back then I didn’t know anyone who was a writer or illustrator of books.'

    - www.tohby.com

    Tohby Riddle

  • 'Everything you need is here, on Creative Kids Tales! Oh, how wonderful this would have been for the young Emma Quay, knowing she loved children’s picture books but not knowing a soul in the industry. Down to earth, comprehensive, friendly, realistic and encouraging advice — this is an invaluable resource. Bravo!' - www.emmaquay.com

    Emma Quay
  • 'Georgie and the team at Creative Kids Tales have a wonderful passion for children’s stories, and this site is a wonderful place to visit to find and share ideas!
    Well done guys!' - www.nick-falk.com

    Nick Falk
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a unique and valuable online resource for new and established authors. The site provides a wealth of information and insight into the children's writing world.' 'Thanks for all your support, Georgie, and keep up the good work.' - www.aleesahdarlison.com

    Aleesah Darlison
  • 'Congratulations on a brilliant site, and a superb first year!'.
    Jackie French is Australian Children's Laureate for 2014 – 2015

    Jackie French
  • 'A brilliant site jam-packed with info. Whether you’re an emerging or a submerging creator, CKT is a life raft!
    Thanks, Georgie!' - jenstorer.com

    Jen Storer
  • 'What a great asset you are to the children's book industry, Georgie.
    Long may Creative Kids Tales rule!'

    Paul Collins
  • 'Buckets of thanks to Georgie for creating Creative Kids Tales. There’s a wealth of wonderful information and resources for everyone interested in creating books for kids – and a warm sense of community.'

    Meredith Costain
  • Creative Kids Tales offers a brilliant platform for established and emerging creators to keep in touch and learn from each other. That is a great thing for this most isolated of all professions (apart from On-site Antarctic Penguin Imitators). - www.terrydenton.com

    Terry Denton
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is great. You can pick the brains of people who make stuff without having to stalk them or do anything illegal.' - www.aaronblabeybooks.com

    Aaron Blabey
  • 'Creative Kids Tales offers new writers the joy of publication on their journey of craft and creativity.'
    'It’s a warm and wonderful home.'

    Susanne Gervay
  • Writing can be a lonely profession. By necessity, you need to work alone much of the time. But it is wonderful to have a website which eases that by connecting creators with each other and with a wealth of information and resources.
    Bravo! - sallymurphy.com.au

    Sally Murphy
  • 'If a website can be described as 'homely' or 'a friendly place for emerging writers to visit' then that's how I would describe Creative Kids Tales. It's probably the only Australian website for children's writers that I visit regularly and actually feel part of. When I need motivation, interesting writers to read about, or just a peek at my own 'baby steps' towards being a published writer, I visit the Creative Kids Tales family.' A big thank you to Georgie and Rod for a great website. - www.patsimmonswriter.com.au

    (Pat) Patricia Simmons
  • 'Creative Kids Tales provides such a valuable service. Writing can be a lonely business at times, and seeking publication can be daunting. So it is especially wonderful for writers to be able to access such a comprehensive site where information, experiences and the ups and downs of writing for kids can be shared.' Well done, Georgie! - www.suewhiting.com

    Sue Whiting
  • 'I love the grumpy cat videos, hahaha it's so grumpy ... oh, wait, wrong website. Ah yes, Creative Kids Tales. Brilliant! Getting published is an amazing, frustrating, brilliant, lonely, creative journey, and www.creativekidstales.com.au is awesome in that it helps both published and pre-published authors by providing support, inspiration, a community, and by allowing authors to learn from other authors, and who better is there to learn from .. .except maybe that grumpy cat, hahaha, hilarious.' - www.adam-wallace-books.com

    Adam Wallace
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a brilliant resource – for established writers and those just starting out. I wish it had been around when I was a new writer. There are lots of invaluable tips and great advice.
    Congratulations Georgie – it’s fabulous.' - jacquelineharvey.com.au

    Jacqueline Harvey
  • 'I stumbled on to Creative Kids Tales by accident. I thought it was kid's tails. I'd been doing some research about goats and how their tails were actually a fifth leg, a very long time ago. Or did I just dream that? In any case, I was bitterly disappointed at first to find not tails, but tales. However, while I was at the site I had a wander around, and soon discovered that it was even better than a goat's site - no kidding! This is a brilliant haven for writers, new and not so new; a place to showcase their work and to learn from others.' Well done, Georgie. You've done a fantastic job. - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Bill Condon
  • 'The details available on this site, for emerging writers (or those emerged) is incredibly helpful. From creating stories- plotting, dialogue and character building- to the support writers can seek for their work, be it mentoring or seeking a publisher, it’s all there. An excellent easy-to-access writers’ site!'

    - libbyhathorn.com

    Libby Hathorn

  • 'This is a great website. Nowadays, when getting published is so hard and staying published not much easier, everyone needs all the help they can get. And here's Help with a capital H!' 'Go Georgie! Creative Kids Tales is an inspiration for all writers of children's and YA fiction.' - www.richardharland.net

    Richard Harland
  • 'CKT is a great resource for both established and emerging authors. I like the way you're always coming up with new and exciting initiatives at your site. And I love reading the fascinating journeys and achievements of the writers you profile here.' - www.deescribe.com.au

    Dee White
  • 'Once you find an easily-accessible, up-to-date and vibrant source of writing help and encouragement, you should value it and use it! Thanks to Creative Kids Tales, that’s all available, just with the tap of your finger: www.creativekidstales.com.au
    Well done, CKT team!' - janeenbrian.com

    Janeen Brian
  • 'What can I say? Well if you have clicked this far and uncovered these words you KNOW that this (Creative Kids Tales) is a terrific resource full of ideas and connections.
    SO dig deeper and get connected!' - www.chrischeng.com

    Christopher Cheng
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is an awesome resource you should totally check it out.' - raspratt.com

    R.A. Spratt
  • "Whether just starting out or with many books under your belt, Creative Kids Tales is the perfect place to go for all things writerly. Sharing the inner world is a wonderful thing for solitary writers, and it's all there on Georgie's website.
    Happy reading!" - tashibooks.com

    Anna Fienberg
  • 'I would have loved to have had access to creativekidstales.com.au when I was starting out! It's an invaluable source of information, inspiration and encouragement for both emerging (and fully-emerged!) writers.' - www.andygriffiths.com.au

    Andy Griffiths
  • 'What a wonderful website Creative Kids Tales is, supporting and helping Australian authors in their quest through the dark thorny forest of the publishing world. Georgie should be congratulated for all her hard work and fearless leadership!' - www.kateforsyth.com.au

    Kate Forsyth
  • 'Creative Kids Tales deserves all its accolades. Thanks to its creator, the site provides brilliant support, inspiration and encouragement for anyone who loves creating children's books. I have no hesitation in passing on your link.'
    Well done, Georgie! - www.sherylgwyther.net

    Sheryl Gwyther
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is such a great website for navigating this industry – not just for authors and illustrators, but for parents and teachers and librarians and publishers and kids and storytellers of all sorts. It’s awesome!' - www.julesfaber.com

    Jules Faber
  • 'Congratulations to Georgie Donaghey for her hard work and enthusiasm in setting up a site that has been sorely needed to promote current Australian children's writing. Not just for the established, but for up and coming, Creative Kids Tales showcases talent and provides information essential for anyone in the industry.' - www.enterprisingwords.com.au

    Dianne (Di) Bates
  • 'Wow! What a wonderful resource.
    Congrats to everyone involved with Creative Kids Tales.'

    George Ivanoff
  • 'Thanks for having me on Creative Kids Tales. It's a great resource for emerging writers and illustrators and I hope it will have a long future.'

    Sally Rippin
  • 'It's about time that we had something like Creative Kids Tales. It's a treasure trove for information and news, plus it showcases talent from aspiring writers. It's a wonderful springboard for anyone who wants to dive into the Children books world!'
    Keep up the fabtastic work! - www.oliverwriter.com

    Oliver Phommavanh
  • 'Creative Kids Tales has inspired, encouraged and supported not only the published, but also us hopefuls still learning the ways of the publishing world. Thanks for providing not only an amazing site to scroll and learn through, but also providing friendship and a real sense of chasing our dreams.' - gardenbabyfaeries.webs.com

    Kelly McDonald
  • 'I wish Creative Kids Tales had been around when I was first starting out! What a brilliant way to connect with other authors and find out about the lovely world of kids books.' 'Go Georgie! I think you're amazing.' - www.deborahabela.com

    Deborah Abela
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for aspiring writers that showcases emerging and published authors and illustrators and provides links to publishers' websites, helpful hints and competitions.'

    Rachel Keyes
  • What a terrific, enthusiastic, informative and creative resource - of value and interest to so many people.
    I'm delighted to be a part of it.

    Ursula Dubosarsky
  • 'Georgie Donaghey’s Creative Kids Tales is deservedly going gangbusters! What a wonderful forum and multi-storeyed resource for shiny new authors, legends of the industry and every writer in between!'

    DC Green
  • 'The Creative Kids Tales site is great fun and full of information about authors and their books!' - www.isobellecarmody.net

    Isobelle Carmody
  • 'The thing I like about the Creative Kids Tales website is that the authors come across as real people who face the same problems that beginning writers do and that there’s plenty of practical advice.' - www.duncanball.com.au

    Duncan Ball
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is ambitious, specific and professional - the Top Tips section alone is a must-read for every aspiring children's writer.' - jackheath.com.au

    Jack Heath
  • "What a wonderful website and wealth of resources. I wish I’d discovered it sooner - but I can still enjoy it now, and have added it to my list of resources for new writers."
    "Keep it up, Georgie!" - www.wendyorr.com

    Wendy Orr
  • 'What a great site! We all tend to work in isolation in our own little caves. It’s great to see all the other cave dwellers out there and realise we are not alone. What a great resource!'

    - brucewhatley.com

    Bruce Whatley

  • 'CKT is such a valuable site for anybody wanting to learn a bit more about making children’s books. When time travelling becomes possible, I’ll steal all the info from this site and deliver it to my younger, aspiring self.'

    - petercarnavas.com

    Peter Carnavas

  • 'If there's anything emerging authors struggle with (beyond the dreaded writer's block), it's receiving recognition or even acknowledgment of their work – battling for a slice of that incredibly elusive publishing pie. Georgie Donaghey has created a priceless promotional and networking station that allows new authors to not only share their work, but gain the courage and nous to take their work to a whole new level. Creative Kids Tales is a valuable addition to Australia's burgeoning children's book market.' - www.taniamccartney.com

    Tania McCartney
  • 'Creative Kids Tales is a treasure trove of resources and insights, compiled with dedication and enthusiasm. A wonderful resource for anyone who is interested in picture books and children's literature.' - sarah-davis.org

    Sarah Davis
  • 'Wow! Creative Kids Tales is a fantastic resource for writers, no matter what stage of their writing journey they are at. Congratulations, Georgie, on your attractive, easy-to-navigate website, your generosity to your fellow writers and your constantly evolving ideas. Thanks on behalf of all of us.' - wendyblaxland.com

    Wendy Blaxland
  • 'I’m thrilled to be Creative Kids Tales author of the month.' 'I hope in some small way by me taking part, I might help and inspire young authors and artists to follow their own artistic path.' 'The key I believe is to seek to enjoy what you do. Even though doing your best is a constant challenge I find it is a worthwhile one. So, get drawing and / or writing.' Good luck ! - www.leighhobbs.com.au

    Leigh Hobbs