She is a real-life book fairy. Michelle Worthington's magic powers include turning coffee into award-winning picture books published all over the world. Blessed with an overactive imagination, she has been writing poetry and stories from a very early age and now credits her three sons with giving her a continued endless source of inspiration for her writing, as well as her wrinkles and high blood pressure.
Born and bred in Brisbane, she is proud to write books that Australian kids can see their lives mirrored in and children all over the world can lose themselves in. Her picture book, Yellow Dress Day, was featured on ABC Kids Play School, which was a highlight in her career, as like most Aussie kids, she grew up watching the program.
As Founder of Share Your Story Australia, she waves her wand to coach aspiring authors and illustrators achieve their dreams of publication. Whether she's a book fairy, a mermaid, a pirate or an elf, Michelle celebrates the power of words. Her goal is to make children fall in love with books, the most magical gift of all.
Publications:The Bedtime Band was released with Wombat Books in November 2011.
The Pink Pirate was partner published by Little Steps Publishing in July 2012 and was a finalist in the 2012 International Book Awards for Paperback Picture Books.
Yellow Dress Day was released by New Frontier Publishing in September 2012 and was shortlisted for the 2013 Crichton Award. It featured at the 2014 Bologna Book Fair as an example of Australian picture book illustration. It is a featured book on Play School, read by Justine Clarke.
Each the Same was published in US and UK by Ambassador Publishing in June this year and was a finalist in the 2013 USA Best Book Awards. Winner of the 2014 International Book Awards for Hardcover Children's Picture Book.
Hootie the Cutie was released by New Frontier in May 2014. Winner of the 2015 International Book Awards for Hardcover Children's Picture Book.
Possum Games released in 2014 by Wombat Books.
Noah Chases the Wind released by Redleaf Press in the US and internationally in March 2014. Awarded a Silver Moonbeam Award and Gelett Burgess Award in 2015 for Children's Literature.
My Brother Tom released by Dragontales Publishing in November 2015 was a finalist in the Book Excellence Awards and raises money for Life's Little Treasures Foundation, supporting Australian families with premature babies in hospital.
The Three Legged Kangaroo from Uluru and Malibu and the Naughty Elf with Big Sky Publishing in 2016.
Glitch was published with Ford Street Publishing in 2017 and was on the 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Notables list.
The World's Worst Pirate was published with Little Pink Dog Books in 2017 and was listed on the 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Notables list, shortlisted in the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards and Highly Commend in the Society of Women's Writers NSW Book Awards 2018 in the Hilarie Lindsay Children's Book Section.
Pug's Don't Wear Pyjamas was released with New Frontier Publishing in March 2018.
Johnny's Beard was published by Little Pink Dog Books in October 2018.
- Two-time winner of the International Book Award for Children's Hardcover Fiction
- Finalist in the USA Best Book Awards
- Gellett Burgess Award for Children's Literature
- Silver Moonbeam Award for her contribution to celebrating diversity in Picture Books
- Listed twice on the 2018 CBCA Picture Book of the Year award Notables list
- Shortlisted for the 2018 Speech Pathology Awards
- Highly Commended in the Society of Women's Writers NSW Book Awards Hilarie Lindsay Children's Book section
- Winner of the 2018 AusMumpreneur Gold Award for Business Excellence
- Redlands BaR Awards for best Business Start Up
Notes from the agent: Michelle is an amazing writer. She's professional, driven and works well in a team. She is also a truly lovely person to work with.
Originally from the city of Plymouth in the UK, Mike moved with his family to Adelaide in 2010. He started his writing career writing funny poetry anthologies and visiting schools and libraries to encourage children to create their own silly rhymes. He has had work published in various magazines and anthologies.
In 2017, MidnightSun published his first picture book, Olivia's Voice. This story about a young deaf girl became a Notable in the 2018 CBCA Awards. Mike followed this up with MidnightSun in 2018 with another serious picture book, Vanishing, which takes a look at the ever growing reality and future threat of animal extinction. In 2019, Mike returns to his humorous side with Little Hare and a book that is not quite what it wants to be, Nothing's Perfect.
As well as being a writer, Mike also owns a bookshop in Adelaide. In 2017, he was the lead organiser of the first ever Adelaide Festival of Children's Books, and is planning a repeat performance for 2019. He cites Roald Dahl and Spike Milligan for his inspiration and is a big fan of Andy Stanton's Mr Gum books.
For five days a week Mike works as an engineer and has very little time for sleep.
- Olivia’s Voice (MidnightSun) – CBCA Notable 2018
- Vanishing (MidnightSun) – Released in November 2018
- Nothing’s Perfect (Little Hare) – due out in 2019
- CBCA Notable 2018
Notes from the agent: Mike is a great person to work with. He has an incredibly unique imagination.