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Michael Wagner
Author | Primary (All Years)
Australia

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Michael Wagner is the best-selling author of more than 80 books for children including the Maxx Rumble series and Why I Love Footy. He’s been speaking to, and working with, primary school children of all ages for fifteen years.

As one of Victoria’s most popular school speakers, Michael can tailor his sessions to any sized groups, from single classrooms to whole school assemblies.  

His talks include a comical and interactive story time session for Reception to 2s and talks for middle and upper primary students which are full of practical advice, gentle wisdom and humour. His many workshops for upper primary students range from a step-by-step guide to making picture books, to the keys to writing great description, to Michael’s popular Instant Plot Machine session (for grades 5 and 6) which explains how to quickly plot a story from any starting point (including a NAPLAN prompt) to a satisfying conclusion.

Prior to becoming a children’s author, Michael worked as a radio broadcaster with the ABC for ten years, wrote and produced animation for television, wrote comedy for ABC Radio National, grew up in a housing commission flat, and played in a band that almost became famous. He’s the father of two adult children and is married to fellow children’s author Jane Godwin.


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Michael Wagner at a recent visit to Haileybury College.

Books by Michael Wagner

NEW! Little Ned

Best suited 3+ years
Every morning, Little Ned puts on his pants, his shirt, his shoes and, while he’s at it, his heavy-duty chest armour, his spikey metal gauntlets, his razor-sharp sword and his iron helmet. What could possibly go wrong?

So Wrong 3

Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
If you’re seeking a gaggle of giggles, a hive of hilarity or a flock of fun, this is the series for you. Things do not get any more bonkers than So Wrong.

Goodnight, Little Tough Guy

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
After a long, hard day of being very strong and powerful, it’s time for the all the tough guys in the world to settle down for a peaceful night’s sleep.

Why I Love Footy

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
There are a bazillion reasons to love footy! These are just my biggest ones…

There’s the big tackles and amazing marks. There’s wearing the scarf and singing the song. But whether your team wins or loses, from the opening bounce to the final siren, the very best thing about footy is that we do it together.

Why I Love Summer

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
Sunny days, weekends at the pool, games in the backyard, daylight until late and long, lovely holidays . . . that’s summer, the best season ever.

So Wrong 1

Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
How can something so wrong by so right!?

From the diabolically dangerous duo of author Michael Wagner and artist Wayne Bryant comes a naughty and subversive collection of twisted tales, odd ads, questionable life lessons and other forms of laugh-out-loud wrongness. But beware…

So Wrong 2

Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
How can something so wrong by so right!?

From the diabolically dangerous duo of author Michael Wagner and artist Wayne Bryant comes a naughty and subversive collection of twisted tales, odd ads, questionable life lessons and other forms of laugh-out-loud wrongness. But beware…

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