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Caz Goodwin
Kinder- Grade 4
Victoria

Caz Goodwin is an Australian award-winning author who writes picture books, short stories and junior fiction. She is best known for her popular rhyming picture books, which have been published internationally. Her stories have been produced in braille for sight-impaired readers. They have also featured on Sarah Ferguson’s Fergie and Friends show, CBCA Storytime, podcasts, newspapers and radio.

Caz is an animal lover and features Australian native animals in her stories. She includes fun facts about koalas, wombats and other creatures in her presentations for children and is accompanied by animal puppets and a giant Lazy Daisy koala or big Little Matilda kitten. Her entertaining talks can be tailored to suit the curriculum and different age groups. Caz heads the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Victoria and is on the Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) council. She is also an Australia Reads ambassador.

Books by Caz Goodwin

Little Matilda and the Lost Bunny

Little Matilda has one toy that she loves more than anything — her bunny. She takes it everywhere, even on a nature walk with her friend, Jack. When they get home, Little Matilda realises her treasured bunny is missing. She cries, squeals and thumps her small paws. Will Little Matilda ever find her bunny? Will she learn to manage her anger and frustration?

Little Matilda

Best Suited 3-6 Years
Little Matilda is lonely and eager to find a friend. She approaches several potential playmates, but no-one wants to play with her. Will Matilda be alone forever?  Join Little Matilda as she learns to believe in herself and holds onto her dream of making a friend. This affirming and uplifting tale deals with the complex emotions of rejection and loneliness, and provides opportunities to discuss social skills,  resilience and overcoming challenges in a fun and accessible way.

Little Matilda Goes to Hospital

Best Suited 3-6 Years
Little Matilda is not feeling well. But she is worried about going to hospital for the first time. Will she be able to overcome her fears and get the care she needs? A gentle and affirming story about being brave and the magic of kindness

Grace and Mr Milligan

Best Suited 3-6 Years
Grace lives next door to old Mr Milligan and his goat Charlie. They are the best of friends. But when Mr Milligan’s beloved goat dies, everything changes. Will Grace be able to help her friend overcome his sadness? Grace and Mr Milligan is a heart-warming story of grief, love and the healing power of friendship. 

Lazy Daisy

Best Suited 3+ Years
All of Jasper’s dreams come true when he finds his very own ‘puppy dog’ to walk in Centenary Park. But Daisy the ‘dog’ isn’t much of a walker — she tends to spend most of her day climbing gumtrees and dozing. If only someone would explain to Jasper that Daisy is a koala, NOT a dog! Just as Jasper’s about to give up on his dream, he has a madcap idea of how Daisy can still join him on his daily walk, whether she’s asleep or not.

Lazy Daisy is a hilarious rhyming story that will have kids doubled over with laughter.

 

Daisy Runs Wild

Best Suited 3+ Years
Daisy has gone bonkers! On her daily walk, she unexpectedly leaps into the air and takes off around the park. Confused and embarrassed, Jasper runs after Daisy – interrupting a yoga class, ruining a game of cricket and accidentally pushing poor posh Mrs Pallot into the pond! Can Jasper get to the bottom of Daisy’s behaviour amidst all of the hullabaloo?

With irresistible rhyme and loveable characters, Daisy and Jasper’s second adventure is even more hilarious than their first.

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