Before she started writing stories and poems, Carolyn wrote recipes and ran cookery classes in her job as a Home Economist. Perhaps it’s not surprising that food often sneaks into the children’s stories she now creates: a mystery in which the amateur sleuth is a school canteen manager; a fantasy involving a havoc-wreaking magic lunch box; and Rainforest Feasts a picture book about what and how Australian rainforest creatures eat.
Rainforest Feasts (illustrated by Heather Charlton) is a picture book suitable for children 3+ and can be purchased through bookstores or on line at http://www.wildeyedpress.com.au
Carolyn’s verse novella for children 8+, Around the Globe with Gramps, includes recipes from around the world (food again!) and was published in November, 2018 (See NEWS). She likes to think of it as a little book with a big heart and themes include love, friendship, family relationships, growing up and growing old, and cultural traditions from around the world. It also contains three recipes mentioned in the story that she thought children might like to cook. It is available through bookstores or the publisher, Celapene Press.
Food continues to feature in Carolyn’s first chapter book series Trudie Cooper Super Foodie released in 2021. Aimed at children 7-9 years, these books centre around Trudie Cooper, a young cookery genius who uses her amazing food skills to solve problems. Each book also contains a child-friendly recipe and delightful illustrations by Julia Weston.
Published by Brolly Books, the Trudie Cooper Super Foodie series can be purchased through bookstores.
Not all of Carolyn’s writing for children involves food and her stories ‘Pip Plays Up’, ‘The Boy in the Blue Goggles’, ‘Last-Place-Luca Finds his Feet’, and ‘The Little Helper’ have been published by the NSW Department of Education in The School Magazine.
Her picture book Rocky the Cocky is for children 5+. It is a fun story about a reckless young cockatoo and has wonderfully colourful and bold illustrations by Marion Duke. It is available through bookstores, or online from the publisher Wild Eyed Press at