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Kate & Jol Temple


Kate and Jol have a lot in common, two small boys, a mutual dislike of tomatoes and five children’s books. They are the authors of this year’s National Simultaneous Storytime Book I Got This Hat and Mike I Don’t Like (Best Designed Children’s Book ABDA). They have recently launched a new junior fiction series called Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade about a boy who thinks he is a famous explorer. The book is written as a captain’s log.

Kate and Jol are both ambassadors for Raising Literacy Australia and when they are not writing silly books for kids, they like talking about writing silly books for kids.

Where were you born?

Kate is from Melbourne, Jol is from Sydney.

What other jobs have you had?

Most of our other jobs have been writing jobs too. We have worked together on film scripts, TV scripts, and TV ads for everything from bread to monster trucks.

What have been the highlights of your career?

The 2016 National Simultaneous Storytime was a real highlight. It was so great seeing half a zillion kids reading the book all at the same time. We’re also super excited to be ambassadors for Raising Literacy Australia and like any ambassador we now have a legitimate reason for some serious hat wearing.

Where have your works been published?

All our books have been published here and in NZ. I’ve also heard talk that they may have a translation of I Got This Hat on one of Saturn’s luna rings.

What are you passionate about?

Reading. Writing and silly ideas.

Haven’t I seen you before?

Possible. As ambassadors for Raising Literacy Australia we certainly do get out to schools in our jaunty headwear. If that’s not where you’ve seen us, maybe you’ve spotted us at Sydney or Adelaide Writers’ Festival.

Kate and Jol’s recent visit to Kellyville Ridge Public School was covered by the Rouse Hill Times – see the photos here!

Watch the book trailers for Kate and Jol’s picture books below!

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