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 brilliant. He performed to our Year 7-10 students and varied his presentation at every session. As it was Reconciliation Week, Gregg focused on giving a First Nations perspective to history. Both staff and students learned so much from him. He sang, spoke, did a slam poem and played several instruments capturing the attention of the students. The students greatly enjoyed his performance and it was a perfect starter to a more balanced conversation about reconciliation and First Nations culture when students returned to the classroom. Gregg was awesome!
Bray Park State High School - June 2022Bray Park State High School - June 2022Gregg Dreise
Gregg was amazing with all year levels. His level of energy completely enthused and enthralled all students and staff an had everyone singing along. Gregg's passion for indigenous education and his knowledge shined through. We highly recommend Gregg.
Eight Mile Plains State School - June 2022Eight Mile Plains State School - June 2022Gregg Dreise
Gregg is a born entertainer and educator. He actively engaged the entire Year 3 group with humour, storytelling, language and song. His passion for his Country, his language and his culture all came through. As an educator and First Nations person, I was thrilled with the quality of the presentation. We would highly recommend Gregg to any school wanting to explore Aboriginal Studies or Dreamtime Stories.
St Peters Lutheran College, Springfield - March 2022St Peters Lutheran College, Springfield - March 2022Gregg Dreise
Gregg was amazing! Exactly what we asked for and more. His presentation to our staff was entertaining and extremely informative. We will book him again for sure!
Assisi Catholic College - March 2022Assisi Catholic College - March 2022Gregg Dreise
As usual Gregg was fantastic. The students and staff were both informed, entertained and mesmerised by Gregg's ability to share his culture through story, song and pictures. Staff quote: "Gregg was amazing to listen to and the boys loved it! The way he told his story was mesmerizing, I could have kept listening all afternoon."
The Southport School - Prep - March 2022The Southport School - Prep - March 2022Gregg Dreise