Aleesah Darlison

Aleesah Darlison

Queensland

Speaker type

  • Author
  • Educational consultant

Aleesah Darlison is an internationally published, award-winning author. She has written over fifty books for children including picture books, chapter books, novels and series. Aleesah has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Many of Aleesah’s books champion the cause of animals, the environment, and child self-empowerment.

Her titles include the League of Llamas Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, the Netball Gems Series, the Little Witch Series, Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, Warambi, Puggle’s Problem, Our Class Tiger, Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, and Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale.

Aleesah's Website

Blurbs:

League of Llamas 1: The Golden Llama

Forget finding the elusive Fortnite llama or taming your Minecraft llama – 2020 is the year of the League of Llamas!
The League of Llamas (LOL) are a group of secret llama agents and they’re on a mission to save the world – if only Agent 0011 Phillipe Llamar could stop looking in the mirror at his luxurious fringe and Agent 0013 Lloyd Llamanator could resist the temptation to eat everything in his path! There’s also the thieving General Bottomburp to contend with and a mysterious lady llama in red.
Can Phillipe and Lloyd foil the evil plans of Bottomburp and his badger henchmen? The fate of the Llama Republic’s most prized relic, the Golden Llama, depends on it!


League of Llamas 2: Llama Impossible

High-action, high-adventure and high-humour – the League of Llamas series is perfect for fans of Diary of a Minecraft Zombie and The Bad Guys.
A train speeding out of control, a bold bank robbery and a dazzling diamond heist – trouble is afoot in New Llama City! Luckily, the League of Llamas’ top agents, Phillipe and Lloyd, are on the case. And luckily for them, Mama Llama and agent Elloise Llamaresky are on their cases to make sure the job actually gets done.
Is the odious badger General Bottomburp to blame? Or could there be a new kingpin in town? After all, every secret agent should know that appearances can be deceiving!


Emerald: The Green Turtle's Tale

Emerald the Green Turtle hatches from her egg and, with her many sisters, makes her perilous journey to the beckoning sea. An Endangered Species Wildlife Book published by Wild Eyed Press and beautifully illustrated Leanne White. This book was shortlisted for the 2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.

The Dream Bird

George is a day child. He rollicks and romps in the light. But at night, he struggles to sleep. So Gran tells George about the wonderful Dream Bird who sings children to sleep and helps them have the most wonderful dreams. Will the Dream Bird's magic work on George? And can you guess Gran's special secret? A stunning bedtime story filled with magic and wonder reminiscent of Mother Goose and classic fairytales. This enchanting story with its breath-taking illustrations by Emma Middleton will enchant even the wildest child.

 

Aleesah Darlison is an internationally published, award-winning author. She has written over fifty books for children including picture books, chapter books, novels and series. Aleesah has won or been shortlisted for numerous awards including the Environment Award for Children’s Literature, the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Many of Aleesah’s books champion the cause of animals, the environment, and child self-empowerment.

Her titles include the League of Llamas Series, the Unicorn Riders Series, the Netball Gems Series, the Little Witch Series, Ash Rover: Keeper of the Phoenix, Awesome Animal Stories for Kids, Warambi, Puggle’s Problem, Our Class Tiger, Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine, and Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale.

Travelling throughout Australia and overseas, Aleesah delivers talks and workshops to children and adults at preschools, schools, libraries, bookstores, literary festivals and writers’ centres.

 

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 INSPIRING AUTHOR TALKS (Prep – Year 10)

Aussie Animals Galore!

Learn all about your favourite Aussie animals including koalas, echidnas, and bats. Hear about the inspiration behind Aleesah’s stories and read them with her.

Saving the Environment through Story

Aleesah has her eye on preserving the green in our world and she’ll show you how you can too! Using her latest environmentally themed picture books, Aristotle’s MessageGreen and Rainy Days, Aleesah will take students on a journey of discovery and learning, showing them how to keep the oceans clean, reduce pollution, and save natural habitats. A must for all students!

LOL Llamas Comedy Show

Everybody loves llamas and in this LAUGH OUT LOUD session you’ll see why! League of Llamas (aka LOL) is Aleesah’s new 4-book comedy series featuring llama secret agents. Join in their adventures to uncover devious plots and stop the odious badger, General Ignatius Bottomburp, from destroying the world. Fun, hi-jinks, games, audience participation, and loads of laughter feature in this hilarious interactive show.

Fun, Fantasy and Fractured Fairytales

Saddle up your unicorns and beg, borrow or steal Cinderella’s glass slippers. Explore traditional and fractured fairytales and participate in fantasy character creation and world building exercises as well as hilarious role play.

Writing Realism – Narrative Tricks & Tips

Inside tips on sourcing ideas, creating characters, and plotting stories using inspiration from the real world. Interactive group exercises put the fun and imagination back into story creation!

Hunting for the Last Wild Thylacine

Stripes in the Forest is a poignant and emotive story of an iconic species lost told from the point of view of the last wild, female Tasmanian tiger. Join Aleesah as she takes you on a journey of discovery and discussion about the thylacine and other endangered species.

ENGAGING WRITING WORKSHOPS

PREP – YEAR 2

Turtle Dreaming Poetry & Colouring In

Aleesah shares information about baby turtles, reads her book, Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale, then helps students complete a turtle-inspired poem and colouring in.

Animals & The Environment

Using Aleesah’s books including Puggle’s ProblemGreen, and Aristotle’s Message as springboards, students complete writing exercises focusing on animals, the environment, and wildlife preservation.

TAILORED TO SUIT PRIMARY OR SECONDARY STUDENTS

Narrative Writing 

Aleesah teaches students the key areas to consider when writing narrative including: orientation, complication, resolution and coda. She also discusses the “5Ws + 1H of Writing”. Students will be led through a series of exercises to get them writing their own short story narrative.

Persuasive Writing/Exposition

Students will learn the crucial ‘nuts and bolts of’ of structuring a persuasive argument. They will be lead exercises to brainstorm position statements and arguments, develop startling statements and calls to action to improve or refresh their knowledge of Persuasive Texts. Aleesah uses various videos and techniques to engage students in new ways with persuasive arguments.

Everybody Loves Llamas! Comedy Writing

Delve into Aleesah’s side-splitting new comedy series, League of Llamas. Students will create and draw their own llama-inspired characters and write a slapstick comedy scene.

Sizzling Story Starters

Every great story needs a sizzling start to hook readers in. With Aleesah’s help, students will explore various techniques to help them create their own irresistible story openings.

Let’s Talk About Dialogue

Using group and individual exercises, Aleesah shows students how to create effective dialogue.

Dazzling Description & Sensory Writing

Students learn the concept of 3-Dimensional Writing and using the five senses to create evocative descriptions.

Ideas Are All Around Us

Many children struggle to generate ideas for stories. Here, Aleesah works with children to tap into their memory and imagination to develop a number of story ideas. Using various prompts and techniques students will learn how to source ideas, create new concepts and collate these story gems. Students will then have time to develop an idea into a story or poem.

Fabulous Fantasy Fun

In this wonderfully creative session, Aleesah shows how she developed her exciting fantasy series, Unicorn Riders. Students will design a hero or villain to star in their own adventure. Participants also build a brand new fantasy world for their next story.

Writing Awesome Animal Stories

Aleesah Darlison is famous for her many and varied animal stories: from nonfiction narratives, to picture books, short stories and novels. In this session, children give their imaginations a workout creating animal characters, names and a host of other features before writing a story featuring their new animal creation.

Making Picture Books

Making picture books is fun! Here, Aleesah provides an insight into how picture books are made. Students are led through exercises to create their own picture book, designing and illustrating the front cover, creating a blurb, and writing and illustrating a simple story.

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Testimonials

  • Highly engaging, interesting info and loved her approach to weave the writing into the reading of books. Fantastic for our P-2

    Payne Road State School - August, 2019

    Payne Road State School - August, 2019
    Aleesah Darlison
  • Aleesah was an engaging an interesting speaker and the children really enjoyed her presentations. Her writer's workshop worked well with the year level and the students got a lot out of it.

    Strathpine State School - August 2019

    Strathpine State School - August 2019
    Aleesah Darlison
  • Aleesah was excellent and very flexible and gave more of her time than we expected.

    Peregian Springs State School - November 2018

    Peregian Springs State School - November 2018
    Aleesah Darlison
  • Very engaging and the students loved her.

    St Keiran's Primary School - August 2018

    St Keiran's Primary School - August 2018
    Aleesah Darlison
  • We all think that you were brilliant. We love your books. You were the perfect person for us.
    We look forward to becoming avid Aleesah fans and following your new books.


    Living Faith Lutheran Primary School - August 2018

    Living Faith Lutheran Primary School - August 2018
    Aleesah Darlison
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