Australian Children's Author

Author Visits

Did you know an author visit to your school, preschool or early learning centre encourages reading and a love of books? Children’s author, Jacqui Halpin, would love to visit your school, preschool, early learning centre or library and inspire a new generation of readers and authors. Her storytime sessions are engaging, informative and celebrate the joy of storytelling.

Storytime and Craft Sessions

Hop into storytime with Lucky!

Jacqui takes children on a fun adventure as they sing along with the kangaroo song, learn some interesting facts about kangaroos and wallabies, and enjoy an interactive reading of Jacqui’s latest picture book, Where’s Lucky. Children will discover the inspiration behind the story and learn what they can do to help save our wildlife.

Craft Activity: Make your own joey pouch. All materials are provided. A variety of Where’s Lucky colouring in sheets will also be available.

This is a lively, interactive and educational storytime session. Where’s Lucky links to the Australian National Curriculum in the subject areas of Science and English for Prep, Year 1 and Year 2.

Sessions can be tailored to suit individual age groups.

A percentage of the income from the sale of Where’s Lucky will be donated to Our Haven Wildlife Shelter who were the inspiration for the story.

Giddy Up, Parmesan!

Children will enjoy a galloping good time as Jacqui reads her humorous picture book Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse, sings along to ‘Giddy Up, Horsey’, uses props to engage children in a discussion on the similarities and differences between the behaviours of horses and dogs, and shares with them the message that it’s ok to be different, and run your own race.

Craft Activity: Make your own Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse bookmark. Bookmarks and ribbons provided. A variety of Parmesan colouring in sheets will also be available.

This is the perfect story to read on Melbourne Cup Day, or in the lead up to the Cup.

This playful storytime session is best suited to Prep, and Year 1 and 2.

Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse links to the Australian National Curriculum in subject areas of English for Prep, Year 1 and Year 2, and Health for Year 1 and 2.

Sessions can be tailored to suit individual age groups.

This picture book can also be used to discuss the humane treatment of animals. A percentage of the profits from the sale of Parmesan the Reluctant Racehorse will be donated to The Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Trust, who rehabilitate and rehome retired and injured racehorses.


To book Jacqui for a fun, interactive storytime and craft session at your school, preschool, kindy or library please email her directly, or contact Greenleaf Press.

Greenleaf Press organise many wonderful KinderFest events. KinderFests are 2 hour miniature literary festivals for very young children. Three guest picture book creators read their stories, sing songs, have question time and run a simple craft or drawing activity. Kinderfest visits are prefect for daycare centres, preschools and preps. To book Jacqui for a Kinderfest visit please contact Greenleaf Press.

Jacqui is developing new workshops all the time. Please contact her via email to discuss any specific requirements. She is always happy to discuss workshop ideas and festival opportunities.

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