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Dianne Todaro

Author, Personal Development, Social Commentator

Dianne Todaro realised that supporting parents in talking about healthy sexual relationships with their own children had been put in the too-hard basket in modern Australia. Her determination to create 21st century literature that would captivate, be fun to read, and honest for young people has brought relationship education out of the dark ages. The parenting books she has created, including Puberty Girl and Puberty Boy are now in over 100,000 homes and 10 languages.

She is now stepping up to serve school communities around Australia, giving parents realistic expectations to support their children with essential literature. She works to create a new paradigm for one of the most important ongoing conversations with our children.

Where were you born?

Cooma, New South Wales Australia. Country girl at heart.

What themes are recurring in your work?

How do we know children can speak up for themselves when the going gets tough? Helping young people articulate what’s in their heart and gut is an important theme.

What have been the highlights of your career?

Hooking up with my cousin Liz Seymour who has designed all my books. Liz just happens to do all of Andy Griffiths books, so I feel very lucky that her designs and my concepts for print motivate mums and dads to buy my books for their children.

My own daughter was photographed for the cover of Puberty Girl when she was 12 and again on the cover of How girls talk to boys at 19, five years later.

Another highlight was the Puberty Girl release in Brazil. I got to travel to Brazil on a Puberty Girl book tour to 5 incredible cities. Young girls who had no mothers to teach them about puberty came to the talks. It was incredible.

Where have your works been published?

Belgium, Brazil, Czech Republic, France, Greece, Indonesia, Mexico, Macedonia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal, South Korea, The Netherlands.

Haven’t I seen you before?

“Do I know you?” That line is said to me quite frequently and I’m not sure why because I’m not famous. However, my mum said as soon as I could talk, I would go up to people (anyone) and introduce myself. Apparently, I was naturally networking at 3 years of age. Not much has changed.

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