· Nova’s Missing Masterpiece, illustrated by Robin Tatlow-Lord and published by EK Books, 2024.
· Go Away, Worry Monster!, illustrated by Robin Tatlow-Lord and published by EK Books, 2020.
Brooke Graham is a children’s author and educator. She writes heartfelt picture books that promote good mental health. Brooke is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) and Write Links. She is available for school and kindy visits.
Brooke lives on the outskirts of Ipswich with her teenage daughter and three dogs in a cute cottage that is surrounded by bushland. She loves to spend time with family and friends, read and go on long walks with her dog, a Hungarian Vizsla named Naava.
There is so much joy, curiosity and wonder in childhood, I find the topics and themes for children’s books appealing.
About 8 years.
I love working with EK Books, the team is amazing to work with. One of my writing goals is to be published by Hardie Grant—they also create stunning books and I know through my writing friends that they are fabulous at maintaining relationships with their creators; and they have a good publicity budget.
My favourite writing book is Writing Picture Books: A Hands-On Guide From Story Creation to Publication by Ann Whitford Paul. I also recommend the Australian Writer’s Centre writing courses, especially the Writing Picture Books course and the new YA course.
I coordinate an online picture group critique group that swaps manuscripts monthly and then meets on Zoom to discuss the feedback. I also attend workshops and conferences as often as possible. I’ve completed numerous online writing courses for picture books, chapter books and YA.
To be an established author with many books published and to travel all over Australia for author incursions.
I’ve started planning my first YA that tackles themes of anxiety and coercive control. I hope to have the first draft finished by the end of 2024.
I loved everything written by Enid Blyton. I also really liked Judy Blume and Robin Klein’s books.
Many of my stories have a social and emotional learning or mental health theme.
“If there is a book you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, you must be the one to write it.” Toni Morrison