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Charlotte Barkla is a Brisbane-based writer who worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles.
Charlotte’s debut picture book, All Bodies are Good Bodies was published in 2020. It has since been translated in Italian, Turkish, Slovenian and Romanian, as well as released in the UK. English-language rights have also been sold in China.
The first two novels in Charlotte’s middle-grade series, Edie’s Experiments, were also published in 2020. The first book has been translated in Turkish, and the second book was shortlisted for the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.
Charlotte’s fourth children’s book, From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes, was published in February 2022 and her fifth children’s book, another picture book, will be published in 2024.
As a former teacher, Charlotte is an experienced speaker and workshop presenter. She loves sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.
“It was a pleasure to have Charlotte speak our students. Both teachers and children were engaged during the sessions, and excited afterwards to read her books. They also loved the mini science experiment she slipped in to the talks. She inspired the students to not only dive into her stories but to think of ways to create their own. Charlotte was very professional and easy to work with, and I would recommend her to any school looking for an inspiring author visit.”
Peter Carnavas, Teacher Librarian, St Andrew’s Anglican College
“This week guest author Charlotte Barkla inspired and nurtured the creative minds of our Year 5 and 6 students and encouraged our budding writers. Through the sharing of her own writing process she ignited a spark in each participant, motivating them to explore their own creativity and dive headfirst into the world of writing. Charlotte helped the students set their scenes, develop their characters, and showed them how to craft an absorbing story. I wholeheartedly recommend her to anyone seeking guidance and inspiration in the world of storytelling.”
Mrs Marie Miegel, Head of Library K–12, The Glennie Schoo
“Last Friday, we welcomed author Charlotte Barkla to our school to talk to the students about her books and what it means to be an author. It was a wonderful presentation for the children – they were very engaged and Charlotte did a great job of sharing her experiences and knowledge. We would recommend Charlotte to any schools who want an engaging and interactive experience for their students.”
Judy Sorbello, St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Alexandra Hills
Books by Charlotte Barkla
Dorothy and her family have moved to the city, and life is very different to the rural one she has known. Ruby Road is bustling – full of families and children, horse-drawn carts and even a mysterious dog. Best of all her new home has a secret writing room that only she knows about.
There are many reasons for her family’s move, but Dorothy has her own plans. She has to settle into a new school, make new friends and find an ingenious way to help the suffragists in their fight for women’s right to vote! Perhaps her secret writing room holds the answer.
Join Dorothy and the inhabitants of 11 Ruby Road in 1900, as a newly federated nation, and a new century … begins.
Best Suited 3-8 Years
From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes! is a light-hearted exploration of boundaries, nestled in a fun and lively story.
I might say YES to pillow fights;
a kiss when I’m tucked in at night.
I might say NO to climbing high,
a tickling game or a hug goodbye.
The book discusses consent and control for a young audience, through a story that is bold and beautiful, loud and proud.
With the feel-good factor turned up to eleven, it also celebrates individualism, inclusivity and empathy.
Best suited 8-12 years
I’m Edie and I love science. So I when I started at a new school, I decided it could be one giant experiment.
Best suited 8-12 years
It’s Eco Month, and science-obsessed Edie is right on board. When Mr Zhu announces a competition to design an environmental project for the school, Edie is sure she has first place in the bag, that is, until Dean Starlight arrives.