Gregg Dreise is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra and Mad Magpie. These stories are about teaching morals. Silly Birds is based on the saying, “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys”. Kookoo Kookaburra is based on the saying, “Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often. If you never take the chance to throw it, it never comes back”. Mad Magpie is based on the words of wisdom, “Stay calm like the surface of the water, yet strong like its current. And know that there is a song out there for you.”
A descendant of the Kamilaroi tribe, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. He was born and raised in St George, Queensland and moved to Noosa during high school. He is the youngest of eight in a family that loved sport, music and poetry (one of those families where everyone sings, and passes guitars around at get-togethers). Gregg’s mother (Lyla Dreise-Knox) has always inspired him to write. Her poetry has entertained the family (as well as the odd magazine and newspaper readers) for many decades.
Gregg is currently a teacher in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He has completed writing four more picture books waiting their turn for publishing; and is also working on a chapter book for upper primary. For Gregg, the most exciting part of writing, is going to schools and libraries with his didgeridoo and guitar, with the aim to educate an audience filled with smiles. He was very excited to take his books to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy this year. His book Silly Birds was on the 2015 Premier’s Reading Challenge year 1 to 3 booklist and was shortlisted and then won the 2015 Speech Pathology Australia - Book of the Year award.
Gregg has been an artist most of his life, following in the footsteps of many family members. His paintings have been sold all over the world. His recent international art award was for the last painting in the book Silly Birds.
Gregg was a very engaging, well spoken and funny speaker. He shared wonderful stories with important messages for the children.
Gympie Regional Council - April, 2017Gympie Regional Council - April, 2017Gregg Dreise
Everyone went wild over Gregg's presentation as his engagement of our younger students was just fantastic. The blending of cultural awareness, values as well as the story telling were so well done.
Pacific Lutheran College - August, 2017Pacific Lutheran College - August, 2017Gregg Dreise
Gregg gave our whole school a 30 minute performance which was very much enjoyed by all our students. He then went on to entertain and enthrall our Preps and Year One students. We loved that every time he had a different class, it was a different story. All with great messages and not read, but performed with the use of technology, music and great enthusiasm.
Grace Lutheran Primary School - August, 2017Grace Lutheran Primary School - August, 2017Gregg Dreise
Gregg was professional, engaging and humorous. He heightened our knowledge and awareness of indigenous culture through his storytelling. The kids all thought that Gregg was awesome.
Seven Hills State School - August, 2017Seven Hills State School - August, 2017Gregg Dreise
Gregg's presentation was thoroughly enjoyed by all. Very engaging and he more than met our expectations. We would definitely recommend him to others.
Torbanlea State School - August, 2017Torbanlea State School - August, 2017Gregg Dreise