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Kate & Jol Temple


Kate and Jol are internationally award-winning authors of 16 books for kids and counting. Their book range from picture books to junior fiction, graphic novels and middle grade, they even have a book you can read back-to-front!

Their hilarious history inspired book, Captain Jimmy Cook Discovers the Third Grade was selected as Honour Book for Children’s Book Council of Australia. While their new hit series THE UNDERDOGS, about a team of dog detectives, has been turning the most reluctant readers into bookworms.

Their picture book include Room on Our Rock, which has been translated into 22 languages, and the best-selling Bin Chicken. Kate and Jol’s books are funny, engaging and full of surprise (and so are their author visits!)

Kate and Jol present hilarious, energetic author talks which leave kids excited about reading and writing and foster a life-long love of books. They present regularly at schools to K – 6 audiences.

More about Kate!

Did you always want to be a writer?

YES! Well actually there was one other thing I wanted to be… an inventor of ice-cream! I thought it would be brilliant to come up with new weird flavours all day, like ham and lavender or exploding cactus. It wasn’t to be, so instead I became a children’s author because when you’re a writer you can still invent ice-cream and whatever else you like too!

What is your favourite book, that you have written?                                              

My favourite book of ours is The UNDERDOGS! It’s a story about a cat that joins a Dog Detective agency. It’s all set in Dogtown and it’s full of crimes and mystery and also scooter chases!

Where are you from?           

I was born in Melbourne, in a shoe factory. One of those facts is a lie. You have to work out which one!

What were you like as a kid?    

There’s this old poem that says, there once was a girl who had a curl right in the middle of her forehead. When she was good she was very very good, and when she was bad she was horrid. My mum used to recite that poem ALL the time to me. I was so naughty, but I was also very good. I liked running, climbing trees, pretending I spoke made up languages and eating lollies.

Tell us something people don’t know about you?

I always wanted a pet, but my parents didn’t let me so one day I found a stray dog on the street and brought it home. I kept it. After that, I brought lots of animals home, some of them already had homes so I had to give them back.

Where do you live?

Today I live in Sydney, with Jol Temple and our two sons. We have a black dog called Wicket. You can’t see her eyes. We say she thinks she’s a racoon because she scratches at the door when she wants to come in. Then she runs away.

More about Jol!

What do you like to do when you’re not writing?

Right now I’m training my pet baboon Rango how to do backflips. I also enjoy drawing.

What is your favourite book, that you have written?               

The favourite Kate & Jol book for me is ROOM ON OUR ROCK. It was a real challenge to write a story that would still make sense when you read it both forwards and backwards. To do that and to give it a strong message about empathy makes me pretty happy!

Tell us something people don’t know about you?

I actually don’t have a pet baboon called Rango. I have a cavoodle called Wicket. She’s named after an Ewok.

What were you like as a kid?

Less hairy. Also a big reader, particularly old comics like Tintin, Asterix, Mad Magazine, Uncle Scrooge, The Beagle Boys, Super Goof… love the storytelling and gags that you find in old comic books.

What made you write books?     

When you love to read I think your brain just fills up with lots of cool ideas. Writing is just a way to get these stories, characters and ideas out into the world.

Did you always want to be a writer?       

I’ve always been a writer ever since I could write. I still have some stories somewhere that I wrote when I was in Year 1 or 2! I guess I’ve never stopped. But it’s not the only thing I wanted to be. I also wanted to be Indiana Jones. Maybe I’ll do that next! 

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