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.

Following on from the phenomenal success of her League of Llamas Series, Aleesah Darlison is releasing a brand new picture book series in 2021 PLUS a new junior fiction novel.

Aleesah’s Endangered Animal Tales Series is perfect for animal lovers in Prep – Year 2. The series features some of Australia’s cutest and most unique wildlife, many of which haven’t been written about before. Aleesah’s new junior fiction novel is Space Kids: Sabotage. The book is set in the future on Misty Space Station and is sure to enthral young readers with a fascination for space exploration, fast-paced action stories, and mysteries.

For more details on Aleesah's books, visit  Aleesah's Website

Aleesah’s new talks and workshops are based on her books and are targeted to encourage reading and support improved literacy outcomes and the Curriculum, specifically Science, English, and Literature. Her sessions are always popular and book out quickly.

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.

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

Aleesah’s new talks and workshops are based on her books and are targeted to encourage reading and support improved literacy outcomes and the Curriculum, specifically Science, English, and Literature. Her sessions are always popular and book out quickly.

Aleesah has limited availability in Term 2, 3, and 4, so please contact us ASAP

New Session Topics include:

AUTHOR TALKS

Aussie Animals – Rare, Endangered, Extinct (Prep – Yr2)

Learn about loads of Aussie animals including spotted handfish, turtles, koalas, thylacines, and echidnas. Hear about the inspiration behind Aleesah Darlison’s stories and read them with her. Books include Coco, the Fish with Hands, Poppy, the Punk Turtle, Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale, and Stripes in the Forest: The Story of the Last Wild Thylacine. 

Saving the Environment through Story (Prep – Yr2)

Aleesah Darlison has her eye on preserving the green in our world and she’ll show you how you can too! Using her environmentally themed picture books, Aristotle’s Message, Green and Rainy Days, Aleesah takes 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! 

LOL Llamas Comedy Show (Yr2 – Yr6) 

Everybody loves llamas and in this LAUGH OUT LOUD session you’ll see why! League of Llamas (aka LOL) is Aleesah Darlison’s new 4-book comedy series featuring llama secret agents. Fun, hi-jinks, games, audience participation, and loads of laughter feature in this hilarious interactive show. 

Let's Explore Space: The Final Frontier (Yr3 – Yr6)

Blast off into outer space with Aleesah Darlison’s new book, Space Kids: Sabotage! Learn about space travel, design a space station, and draw your own alien. Includes readings from Aleesah’s book, plus lots of fun, interactive opportunities. 

Fun, Fantasy and Fractured Fairytales (Yr3 – Yr6) 

Aleesah Darlison’s popular books and series Little Good Wolf, Unicorn Riders and Ash Rover are action-packed adventures that readers take to their hearts. Explore traditional and fractured fairytales, participate in group character creation and world building exercises as well as hilarious role play. Includes loads of audience participation. Students and teachers LOVE this one!

 

WRITING WORKSHOPS 

Crank It Up - Techniques for Developing Exciting Narratives

In this inspirational and interactive workshop, Aleesah Darlison shows students how they can source and develop ideas for fresh, original stories. Delve into memories, dreams, the imagination, and life experiences to create plans for fictional stories. Plus, explore the fun new concept of ‘Story Lottery’ created by Aleesah where students participate in a lucky dip style game to select Characters, Settings, and Problems in preparation to write a short story. 

Mastering Literary Devices

Students will explore and experiment with a wide range of literary devices to take their writing to the next level. 

Next Level Writing - Sensory Descriptions

Students will study the concept of 3-Dimensional writing, learning how to use their senses to create evocative scenes and descriptive passages. They will also learn how to ‘paint a story picture’ via the use of vivid imagery that feelings, places, and things can invoke. At each stage of the process, students will be able to test their knowledge and skills by practising the techniques and sharing their work with the class. 

Bring It On - Writing Games (Yr 3 – Yr6)

It’s like the Olympics, only loads more fun! Join Aleesah Darlison for an exciting session of writing games. Enjoy Word Association, Rhyme Time, Alliteration, Character Creation and more in this fun, past-paced session. Laughs and prizes included! 

Fantasy Characters & Worlds

Explore the fantasy genre and learn how to create new worlds and unusual characters.

In this wonderfully creative session, Aleesah Darlison 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. Aleesah shows students how to create otherworld characters and build fantasy worlds. 

Turtle Dreaming - Alliteration and Haiku (Prep – Yr 3)

Using her turtle picture books Poppy, the Punk Turtle and Emerald: The Green Turtle’s Tale as springboards, Aleesah Darlison helps children create an animal inspired haiku poem and drawing.

 

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Testimonials

  • Aleesah presented to our Prep - Year 2 students. The children were thoroughly engaged and entertained for the entire session. Aleesah catered to the various year levels and the students loved being involved in the presentation.

    St Rita's Catholic Primary School - September 2021

    St Rita's Catholic Primary School - September 2021
    Aleesah Darlison
  • What a delight Aleesah was at our school. The boys loved her sessions. They were filled with warmth, joy, laughter and learning. The boys had read some of Aleesah’s work before her arrival, so they had lots of questions to ask. Aleesah was patient with the boys and so giving of her time. We loved her and can’t wait to have her back at our school.

    Toowoomba Grammar School - September 2021

    Toowoomba Grammar School - September 2021
    Aleesah Darlison
  • Aleesah was highly engaging and entertaining and very, very funny. Our students are now massive fans of llamas and Aleesah!

    Anglican Church Grammar School - October 2020

    Anglican Church Grammar School - October 2020
    Aleesah Darlison
  • Aleesah demonstrated great flexibility and a willingness to meet the requirements of our booking. She was willing to attend 2 days just to fit our booking in. Her communication was very thorough and she thought of everything to ensure her visit was enjoyable for our students. Her presentation was engaging, fun and loved by our students and also the staff. I would not hesitate to have Aleesah again for Book Week.

    Living Faith Lutheran Primary - October 2020

    Living Faith Lutheran Primary - October 2020
    Aleesah Darlison
  • Aleesah Darlison engaged our lower primary students via video conference for our annual author visit. She was confident using technology and it was terrific that the visit was interactive so that the students felt like they were participants in the writing workshops. Each year level workshop was carefully thought out and age appropriate. The resources Aleesah sent in advance helped the structure. In addition, the teachers were grateful to be able to choose the theme of each year level.

    Genesis Christian College - August 2020

    Genesis Christian College - August 2020
    Aleesah Darlison
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