Children's author Kay Crabbe began her writing career with feature articles for newspapers and magazines before moving into educational material for children. Her works include fiction and non-fiction books, information texts and school magazine articles which link to the Australian schools curriculum.
Kay's interest in literacy was fostered during 26 years working with reluctant readers in primary classrooms and prompts her to write in an easy-to-read style. 'I hope to encourage children and adults who struggle with written language to 'tackle a book,' she says.
While researching the book, Patch Parker: Son of a Convict, now a recommended resource by the History Teachers' Association of Australia, Kay developed an interest in quirky and lesser-known history events. This took her on a journey to the Torres Strait and back to the tumultuous time of Federation for her award-winning novel, The Pearl-Shell Diver: a story of adventure from the Torres Strait.
As a keen traveller, the environment and animals feature strongly in her work, with her non-fiction book, Introduced Species in Australia, commended in the Whitley Awards by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.
The author grew up in Sydney and moved with her husband and children to remote areas of Tasmania and Western Australia before settling in far north Queensland, where two spectacular environments meet; the Daintree Rainforest and the Great Barrier Reef.
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