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Charlotte is an Adelaide-based writer who worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles.
Charlotte’s debut picture book, All Bodies are Good Bodies was published by Hardie Grant Egmont in January 2020. The first novel in her middle-grade series, Edie’s Experiments, published in February 2020 with Penguin Random House, with Book 2 to follow in July.
As well as writing for children, Charlotte writes feature articles for a range of publications including Good Health magazine, MiNDFOOD magazine, the Australian Educator, Engineers Australia, Domain online and The Sydney Morning Herald online.
As a former teacher, Charlotte is an experienced speaker and workshop presenter. Her sessions can be customised to the age group and curriculum, with topics ranging from ‘Writing picture books’ for early years primary students, through to the ‘Craft of creative writing’ for all levels of primary and ‘Becoming a science writer’ for secondary students.
Charlotte loves sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.
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Books by Charlotte Barkla
Best suited 7-11 years
It’s Eco Month, and science-obsessed Edie is right on board. When Mr Zhu announces a competition to design an environmental project for the school, Edie is sure she has first place in the bag, that is, until Dean Starlight arrives.
Best suited 7-11 years old
I’m Edie and I love science. So I when I started at a new school, I decided it could be one giant experiment.