Mark Carthew is an award winning Australian children’s author, poet, musician and educator well known for his books and series celebrating language, humour and wordplay. His illustrated play script series VoiceWorks has sold over one million titles worldwide. Mark’s rhyme and riddle books Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots, Wicked Wizards & Leaping Lizards and Witches’ Britches, Itches & Twitches! produced in collaboration with renowned UK illustrator Mike Spoor have received worldwide acclaim. Mark’s picture books include Five Little Owls illustrated by Crichton award winning illustrator Mini Goss and The Gobbling Tree, winner of Speech Pathology Australia’s 2009 Book of the Year. His anthology Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure illustrated by Jobi Murphy was a Children’s Book Council of Australia Notable Book.
Mark is a Director and Board Member of Australian Society of Authors (ASA) and a former May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellow. Mark has a PhD in Writing from Swinburne University and he is currently a primary teacher, education consultant and Adjunct Research Fellow with Swinburne University’s Department of Media and Communication. Mark’s recent picture books include The Moose is Loose! illustrated by Matt Stanton is published by Harper Collins Publishers / ABC Books and Marvin & Marigold: The Big Sneeze, illustrated by Simon Prescott (UK) & published by New Frontier Publishing - the first in a new picture book series.
Forthcoming titles include The Great Zoo Hullabaloo! illustrated by Anil Tortop, Six Little Ducks illustrated by Mike Spoor and Book 2 in the Marvin & Marigold series, Marvin & Marigold: A Christmas Surprise.
The Great Zoo Hullabaloo! ill. Anil Tortop, New Frontier Publishing, distributed Scholastic Australia
Marvin and Marigold: A Christmas Surprise ill. Simon Prescott (UK) New Frontier Publishing, distributed Scholastic Australia
Six Little Ducks illustrated Mike Spoor
Marvin and Marigold: The BIG SNEEZE ill. Simon Prescott, New Frontier Publishing 2016
The Moose is Loose! ill. Matt Stanton, HarperCollinsPublishers / ABC Books 2013
Speak Up! Denise Ryan & Associates / Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, CA, USA 2013
Vroom, Vroom! Denise Ryan & Associates / Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, CA, USA 2013
Footprints on the Moon, Denise Ryan & Associates / Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, CA, USA 2013
We're Orff! 5 Orff-based music units for Junior, Middle & Upper Primary. Tamara O'Brien & Dr Mark Carthew (Bushfire Press) 2013
Witches Britches, Itches & Twitches! Ill. Mike Spoor (IP Kidz) 2012 (Pbk & eBook)
Machino Supremo! Poems about Machines - Janeen Brian & Mark Carthew, ill John Veeken (Celapene Press) Oct 2009
The Gobbling Tree ill. Susy Boyer (New Frontier) ***WINNER! *** 2009 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year (Lower Primary)
Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure ill Jobi Murphy (Random House) 2009 CBCA Early Childhood NOTABLE BOOK
Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless songs to share and treasure [Music CD] (Random House) 2009 CBCA Early Childhood NOTABLE BOOK (OUT-OF-PRINT)
Five Little Owls ill.Mini Goss (New Frontier)*Shortlisted 2008 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
Wicked Wizards & Leaping Lizards ill. Mike Spoor (Random House Australia) *Shortlisted 2008 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards
Mark was a very well prepared speaker, arriving in plenty of time to set up his space, ready to receive the students. Having art work around as well as music gave the session a real switch around from serious looking into his books to some light hearted singing. His presentation style suited the year 2’s perfectly – he was on their wavelength. And the classroom teachers who attended said they will use Marks’ stories as examples as they learn more about writing narratives.
Would definitely book him again, if teachers want someone to talk about narrative writing – he was spot on.
Mark Carthew - Caulfield Grammar, Melbourne, July, 2014.Mark Carthew - Caulfield Grammar, Melbourne, July, 2014.Mark Carthew