Samantha Wheeler, National Ambassador – Hook into Books
Samantha Wheeler studied Agriculture, worked with dairy farmers, and taught science, before writing her first children’s book, inspired by koalas, in 2011. Her
books, which include Smooch & Rose, Wombat Warriors, Mister Cassowary, and Turtle Trackers have been shortlisted for the Queensland Literary Awards, the
Readings Book Prize, The Wilderness Society Environmental Award and the Royal Zoological Society, Whitley Commendation. Her most recent story, Everything I’ve Never Said, was inspired by her youngest daughter, who has Rett Syndrome and can’t talk. Samantha hopes her books will inspire everyone to speak up and make a difference.
Samantha has begun building relationships within the Youth+ Flexible Learning Centres and has a passion for promoting a range of diverse literature engagement opportunities for young people. Through her work, Samantha knows first hand how important good literacy is, how important it is to expose children and young people to literature and to support a love of reading.
The Youth Plus Foundation is honoured to join with Sam as it endeavours on a National Campaign to highlight the importance of literacy in our everyday lives and promote a love of reading and the joy that can be experienced by losing yourself in reading!
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Michael Gerard Bauer, Champion – Hook into Books
Michael Gerard Bauer began his working life as English and Economics teacher but these days he is a fulltime writer of books for early childhood readers through to young adults. He has been short-listed for Children’s Book Council of Australia awards on five occasions, winning in 2005 for his first novel The Running Man and again in 2018 for his funny picture book Rodney Loses It. His other very popular works include Don’t Call Me Ishmael and its sequels, The Pain, My Mother, Sir Tiffy, Cyber Boy and Me, Dinosaur Knights, the Eric Vale and Secret Agent Derek ‘Danger’ Dale series and Just a Dog. His most recent publication is the YA novel The Things That Will Not Stand. Michael is a regular and in-demand speaker at schools and festivals and his stories are currently translated into 13 languages and sold in over 40 countries.
Website: michaelgerardbauer.com Instagram: mgbauerpics Twitter: @m_g_bauer Facebook: Michael Gerard Bauer Author
Remy Lai, Champion – Hook into Books
Remy Lai draws and writes for kids. She was born in Indonesia, grew up in Singapore She lives in Brisbane, Australia, where she can often be found exploring the woods near her home with her two dogs, Poop-Roller and Bossy Boots!
Remy’s book PIE IN THE SKY — Henry Holt BYR (Macmillan) is a middle-grade graphic novel/prose hybrid. When Jingwen moves to a new country where everyone speaks English, he feels like he’s landed on Mars. To cope with his loneliness, he sets out to make all the cakes on the menu of the bakery his father had planned to open before he unexpectedly died—that is, if Jingwen and his brother can find a way to hide the act from their mother, who has forbidden them from baking while she’s at work.
Find her at – Facebook: RemyLaiBooks Instagram: rrremylai/