Information for teachers

Bernadette is available for visits to schools and community groups by arrangement.

Australian Society of Authors Rates.

Contact Bernadette for fee schedule.


  • Certificate Of Short Story Writing: Holmesglen College of Tafe, 1995
  • Diploma of Arts: Professional Writing and Editing, 2000
  • BSZ40198 Certificate IV in Assessment & Workplace Training, 2004
  • Current WWC check


  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Children’s Book Council of Australia
  • Society of Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrators
  • Writers Victoria
  • 2010 Fellow: May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust
  • Council Member/Consultant Yabba – Young Australians Best Book Awards


Black Dog Books:

Australian Writer’s of Influence (non-fiction – Our Stories)

Riding High series (fiction)

  • If Wishes Were Horses
  • Making The Grade
  • Leap of Faith
  • Team Challenge
  • Heads or Tails?
  • Balancing Act
  • Making Waves
  • Pony Trek

Published by Stonearch Books in USA as ‘Ridgeview Riding Club’ series (If Wishes Were Horses, Courage to Ride, Leap of Faith and Team Challenge

Pony Patch series (fiction)

  • Naughty Norton
  • Losing Norton
  • Norton Saves the Day
  • Norton’s Blue Ribbon
  • The Pony Patch Collection

Published by Stonearch Books in USA as ‘Pony Tales’ (Naughty Norton, Who Stole Norton, Norton Saves the Day and Norton’s First Show)

Five Mile Press:

Take A Peep series (novelty rhyme board books – non fiction)

  • In The Garden
  • At The Pond

Pearson Education:

  • Saving The Farm (fiction)
  • Living Lights (non-fiction)
  • Famous Places (non-fiction)
  • Cartwheeling Carlie (fiction)
  • Special Talent (fiction, also featured in audio set)
  • Bugs Away! (fiction)
  • Puppy Puzzle (fiction)
  • Long Jump (early maths)
  • Gold Dust (compilation)
  • Mind Games (thinking games)

Horwitz Martin:

  • Weather Works (non-fiction)
  • In Flight (non-fiction)
  • Nature’s Wonders (non-fiction)

Nelson Thomson:

  • Encyclopedia Of Dangerous Animals (non-fiction)
  • Country Vet (non-fiction)
  • Saving My Sister (fiction)
  • Rules Rule (fiction)
  • Crazy Cuisine (fiction)
  • Hamid’s Heroes (fiction)

Other published works

  • ‘Ute Man’ – Short and scary anthology published by Black Dog Books
  • “Women Get The Big Push” – Opinion piece, Herald-Sun, 1998
  • A series of information articles and interviews for AUSTSWIM, Hume City Gazette, 1996
  • Contributor – interviews and reviews, Stage Whispers Performing Arts Magazine, 1997-2003
  • Feature article for IB World, IB World, Geneva, 2000
  • ‘War Hero’ – Together Alone: Poems and Stories for Daffodil Day (Edited by John Clarke), Text Publishing
  • ‘Trotting a Path to Adulthood’ – Personal recount, Weekly Times, 1995
  • Write, project manage and publish Fresh State of Affairs Magazine, issues #36 through to #43.

Schools Experience

School author visits Workshops and presentations, 2006–current

Tailored programs to meet school requirements

Literacy tutor, children and adults, 2008–2010

Community based VCAL Program Numeracy & Literacy Tutor, 2004

Developing and delivering numeracy and literacy program to CBVCAL students at Seymour, Victoria. Covering writing, reading, numeracy, oracy and general curriculum.

Wallan Primary School Author Mentor Program, 1997–2003

Coordinating and teaching: a creative writing competition and workshops to develop children’s stories and creative writing talents. Stories published annually as anthologies, picture books or calendars and publicly launched. Students from this program have been awarded significant prizes at shows and in writing competitions, including Imagination Creation and Nestle Write around Australia.

School author visits Workshops and presentations, 2006–current

Tailored programs to meet school requirements

In addition to writing children’s books Bernadette has many years of experience in communications and marketing across a wide range of industries including education, disability, construction, horticulture/fresh produce, travel and equestrian. Her skills and experience include publishing,  journalism, magazine editing, electronic and social media and print collateral content production.

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