I adore children, and find them to be some of the most authentic, engaging and interesting humans on the planet! And I’m passionate about writing stories for them with strong positive themes, which will particularly appeal to reluctant readers. My current works-in-progress include several picture book texts and a middle-grade fiction novel – all of which are at various stages of development. Please do watch this space for news on publications.
I loved reading books as a child; and I equally loved reading them to my own two children. I passionately believe that books play a vitally important role in children’s social, emotional and intellectual development. And it’s my great privilege to inspire their developing hearts and minds with my writing. I’m also very passionate about giving children in disadvantaged communities access to literacy programs, and I particularly love my volunteer work as an Ambassador for the education support charity Ardoch – where I helped to develop their Writer in Residence program, as well as assist with their annual School Readiness Book Drive (where each year, thousands of books are collected and donated to preschool children in areas of need throughout Victoria).
I’ve been writing and independently publishing illustrated middle grade fiction stories with primary school children in Melbourne via classroom workshops since 2006, with fun titles like ‘Have You Ever Seen a Blue Banana?’, ‘Treasure Island’, ‘The Parrot and the Scarecrow’, ‘Pencil Pandemonium’ (2016), ‘Freddie the Famous Ferret’ (2017) and ‘Super Astro Chicken and the Giant Red Tomato’ (2018). The latter three titles were part of my yearly ‘Writer In Residence’ workshops for the education charity Ardoch which run for one whole term each year, and involve work-shopping stories which are grounded in their current curriculum learning areas and are illustrated by the children. I’ve written a blog about the enormous fun I had writing Pencil Pandemonium with the students at Sunshine Primary School and always look forward to Term 3 now each year, to see where Ardoch would like me to go for the next Writer in Residence!
Author Emma Bowd reading NSS2017 at Brighton Library, Bayside Library Service