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Caz Goodwin

Author

Caz Goodwin is an award-winning author who writes picture books, short stories, poetry and junior fiction for children. Her work has been published internationally and illustrated by Gus Gordon, Ashley King, Kerry Millard, Loo Joo Hong and others. She is also head of the Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators in Victoria.

Caz’s latest book, Lazy Daisy, is the first in a series of picture books to be published by Little Hare, an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont. Caz is known for her ability to engage and delight young children with her stories and puppets. She is also an entertaining speaker for adult audiences.

Where were you born?

I was born in Melbourne, but have also lived in Brisbane, Auckland and Singapore.

What other jobs have you had?

I studied psychology at university and worked as a human resources manager. I’ve also been a speech writer, a soldier in the army reserve and played drums in a band.

What have been the highlights of your career?

I was thrilled when my first picture book, Dragon’s Egg, won a Singapore National Arts Council Award. The book was also translated into Korean and released as an app.

I also love my role as the head of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) in Victoria. It is an international professional organisation that supports the creation and availability of quality children’s books in every region of the world.

What themes are recurring in your work?

Acceptance and diversity are common themes in my work. But I find that no matter what I’m writing, humour always finds its way in.

Where have your works been published?

My books have been published in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Korea. I’ve also been published in The Victorian Writer, several editions of The School Magazine, anthologies and numerous on-line publications. The Lazy Daisy series of picture books about a lazy koala are published by Little Hare, an imprint of Hardie Grant Egmont.

What is your writing style?

Irreverent, amusing and ridiculous but also tender and heartfelt.

What are you passionate about?

I’m passionate about early childhood literacy and encouraging children’s love of books and reading. I’m also passionate about ice-cream.

Is there anything else you’d like to share with us?

I have a koala puppet called Daisy who has a habit of taking over my presentations. All the kids love her, and the younger ones often ask if she is real.

Testimonials

Caz Goodwin gave a brilliant presentation on life as a writer at our First Tuesday Book club evening in July. She was entertaining and engaging and the packed audience was riveted to her story. We also sold out of her books immediately afterwards, and accrued plenty of special orders for it. I highly recommend her as an author and public speaker.

—R. Kelly-Kobes, Dymocks Tooronga and Dymocks Camberwell, July 2019

Caz visited our Prep, 1, and 2 classes and was just wonderful! She read her fabulous book Lazy Daisy, shared some interesting facts about Koalas and also some insights into the writing and publishing process. Caz kept everyone engaged with her warm and friendly manner. We can’t wait until her new book comes out, and her next visit.

—K. Morris, Glen Iris Primary School, August 2019

Caz has spoken at our learning programs for seniors at the Neighbourhood House and at the Freedom Aged Care and Hedley Sutton retirement villages. Each time it was wonderful to see the way the audience responded to her stories and anecdotes. We learned so much about what it takes to be an author and Caz’s presentations are always inspiring and entertaining.

—J. Johnston, Hawthorn Community House, June 2019

Caz Goodwin’s presentation was interactive and fun, using props, puppets and storytelling to entertain the kids. We’d love to have her come again.

—S. Jacobson, Templestowe World of Learning, May 2019

Thanks for running such a fun story-time event for us. The kids loved your book, enjoyed hearing about koalas in the wild and Daisy the life-sized koala was a big hit.

—E. Sharpe, Manager, Younger Sun Bookshop, April 2019

Caz’s author talk kept the children engaged and focused and they left feeling excited about books and reading.

—J. Wilson, Canterbury Primary School, 2018

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