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Katrina Germein
Prep- Grade 6
South Australia

2024 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlisted Author

Please note: Katrina is fully booked for Book Week 2024. However does have availability in the weeks around it.

Katrina writes joyful books for children. She believes young readers deserve stories that inspire curiosity, imagination, and laughter. With over twenty published titles, Katrina has seen her highly acclaimed work sold around the world. Some of her recent titles include Before You Were Born, Bev and Kev and the nonfiction title, Wonderful Wasps. Katrina’s stories have been Highly Commended in the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and received Notable Book Commendations from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Thunderstorm Dancing was Katrina’s fourth title to feature on the children’s television program, Play School. Her very first book, Big Rain Coming, has remained continuously in print for over twenty years. New books in 2023 include One Little Duck and My Dad Thinks He’s a Scream, the fifth book in the best-selling My Dad Thinks He’s Funny series.

Katrina writes picture books because they make her heart sing; her work has been described as ‘love-filled’, ‘goose-bumpling’ and ‘achingly beautiful’. Some stories take time to tame but Katrina doesn’t mind because she wants them to be perfect. Her stories are about family, Australian life and the natural environment.

Katrina draws inspiration from those around her as well as the places she goes, the things she sees and the characters she meets along the way. She says she began writing by accident when a story in her head wouldn’t go away so she wrote it down to set it free.

Katrina holds a Bachelor of Education and a Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. She has three children and continues to teach part time. (Katrina has tried to leave teaching several times but it always calls her back.) Katrina is an experienced presenter, regularly delivering author presentations and workshops in schools and at festivals.

When she’s not writing, teaching or parenting, Katrina enjoys reading fiction and drinking hot cups of tea; she also quite likes bushwalking, running (slowly) and going to the beach. Katrina has an energetic dog named Mango and summer is her favourite season.

Books by Katrina Germein

One Little Duck

2024 Book of the Year Awards: Early Childhood Shortlisted

Best Suited 2+ Years
One little duck went out one day,
over the hills and far away. Mother Duck said … ‘Moo Moo Moo Moo,’ and Cow said, ‘Wait! Now I’m coming too.’ Oh no, Mother Duck has forgotten how to quack!

Every day she tries a new barnyard call, and every night Little Duck returns with a new farm friend.

A fun twist on the song ‘Five Little Ducks’, this delightful story from the award-winning duo Katrina Germein and Danny Snell is destined to become a modern classic.


COMING SOON! My Dad Thinks He’s a Scream

Best Suited 5-8 Years
Dad’s ghoul, calm and collected and he takes scare of that trick-or-treating business in this dead funny booooo-k. Because when you’ve got it, haunt it. Come on in. The ghost is clear!

Bev and Kev

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Bev is the tallest animal on the plains and Kev is one of the smallest. They’re an unlikely pair, but could this be the beginning of a beautiful friendship?

A heart-warming tale about learning to love yourself and the value of a true friend.

Wonderful Wasps

Best Suited 5-9 Years
What do you know about wasps?

There are wasps that shimmer in shades of bright blue and green. There are some without wings — and some almost too tiny to see. Some capture spiders, while others nest in fruit or mud.

With over 12 000 species found in Australia, Wonderful Wasps brings the beauty and importance of native wasps to life, and reminds us every creature matters in its own wonderful way.

Tell ‘Em

Best Suited 3-7 Years
Tell ’em how us kids like to play.
We got bikes and give each other rides.
Tell ’em about the dancing and singing,
And all the stories the old people know.

In this book, written in conjunction with children from Manyallaluk School in the Roper River region in the NT, the voices of Indigenous children sing out across the land to tell us about their life in a remote community.

Big Rain Coming

Best Suited 8-10 Years
A lyrical story about waiting for the rain to come to an isolated Aboriginal community. Tension in the community builds as the rain clouds thicken and grow dark. Everybody waits. When will the rain come?

Before You Were Born

Best Suited 1+ Years
Before you were born
and while you grew,
there was a party
just for you.

Created by talented duo Katrina Germein and Helène Magisson, this heartwarming picture book captures the excitement and anticipation of the arrival of a baby.

Thunderstorm Dancing

Best Suited 3+ Years
When a sunny day at the beach turns stormy, a little girl runs for cover. Her daddy and brothers are wild in the wind and lightning, and her poppy is as loud as thunder. They fill the house with stamping and crashing while Granny plays piano to their riotous thunderstorm dancing, until the storm passes and they all fall down. Then, in the stillness, the girl is ready to play. What will she be, now that the rain has stopped and there’s a glimmer of sunlight?

My Dad THINKS He’s a Pirate

Best Suited 5-8 Years
Captain Dad and his crew are having a day at the beach, and of course Dad is bringing his treasure trove of jokes. Whether it’s a ship he bought on sail or an earring that costs one buccaneer, a day with Dad is shore to be hilarious! At least he seems to think so.

My Dad Thinks He’s Funny

Best Suited 5-8 Years
A book for anyone whose dad has made them laugh – or cringe!

My dad doesn’t like babysitting. He says no one should sit on babies. My dad doesn’t eat seafood. He says there’s something fishy about it. My dad doesn’t lie in bed. He says you should always tell the truth. My dad thinks he’s funny.

My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny

Best Suited 5-8 Years
My dad says, “I’ve told you fifty million times, don’t exaggerate.” Dad is back by popular demand with more hilarious material. And yes, My dad STILL thinks he’s funny.

My Dad Thinks He’s Super Funny

Best Suited 5-8 Years
When is a joke a Dad joke? When it’s fully groan.
When someone rolls their eyes at Dad, he just rolls them back.
My dad thinks he’s super funny.

In this follow up to the bestselling My Dad Thinks He’s Funny and My Dad Still Thinks He’s Funny, Dad is up to it again. His audience has grown by one, and family life continues to provide an endless supply of fresh and brilliant comedic material for Dad. At least he seems to think so.

My Mum Says the Strangest Things

Best Suited 5-8 Years
When Mum’s busy she says she’s run off her feet. When I dawdle, Mum tells me to shake a leg. When I say, “I’m coming,” Mum says, “So is Christmas.” My mum says the STRANGEST things.

Somebody’s House

Best Suited 3-7 Years
This is a simple, engaging and vibrant story about different characters and families living on the same street.

At the bottom of town lies a long looping street. I wonder who lives here. Who will we meet?

Little Book Baby

Best Suited 1+ Years
This little baby loves sharing books!

Books on the tram with Dad, books at picnics with Nanna and Pa, and even bath-time books with Mummy. Morning, noon and night, books make everything better.

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