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KATRINA GERMEIN 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
SHORTLISTED FOR CBCA BOOK OF THE YEAR: EARLY CHILDHOOD 2023
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.
Best Suited 6 – 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 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.
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?
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.
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?
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.