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Craig Smith (NZ)

Author, Storyteller/Performer

Craig Smith is the performer and author of The Wonky Donkey, the biggest selling picture book in Australia in 2010. It is still amongst the top three best selling children’s picture books, outsold only by Mem Fox’s Where’s the Green Sheep and Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

In late 2007, Craig released his first kids’ album Not Just for Kids. The first track from this album — “The Wonky Donkey” – won the APRA NZ Children’s Song of the Year Award in 2008. It ended up making the top 25 songs in the children’s section of the ISC International Songwriting Contest — the world’s biggest song competition.

In 2009, The Wonky Donkey was published as a book with hilarious illustrations by Craig’s friend, Katz Cowley. The pair teamed up again for 2010’s Willbee the Bumblebee, based on a childhood story told by Craig’s mother and co-author, Maureen Thompson. Like The Wonky Donkey, Craig turned it into song.

All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth was written by Don Gardner and illustrated by Katz Cowley, with an accompanying CD of the story performed by Craig Smith in song.

Craig has also had success with his recent book Kaha the Kea, which topped the best-sellers list for Children’s Books in New Zealand.

Craig is excited about the release of his newest book, Eating, which is illustrated by Scott Tulloch and again includes a CD of a musical performance.

Craig lives in Queenstown, New Zealand and regularly tours various locations with Booked Out.

Testimonials

Well, Craig Smith was an absolute hit with both students and teachers!… He sang his popular songs/books as well as some others and it was brilliant to have puppets with him and involve students in his performance…  It was also evident how loved his books/songs are as so many people were singing along, both adults and kids.

—A. Dawson, Elwood Primary School, August 2015

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