AKB gets involved with Saltfest…

Continuing to create & share, a couple of old surfboards got turned into chalkboards and left out for creative play!

Getting involved with Saltfest as a volunteer, I was blessed to meet so many beautiful people, share my books and encourage everyone & anyone to draw/ write/ scribble on the surfboards…






AKB wishes you all a Merry Solstice & Xmas…

Active Kids Books

Merry Xmas and Happy Solstice

We look forward to sharing the ‘Love of Story’ with more awesome kids in 2015…

You, Me and Victoria’s children..

The intention has been sent for a book tour/ motivational speaking/ sharing story sessions with Victorian children come Sept. 2015. Looking for contacts now!

Off the back of a successful, liberating and rewarding WA Book Tour, the wheels are in motion to do it all again.  Only this time in the state of Victoria, my birth state. As Guest Author/ Motivational Speaker, i look to WOW the young audience and leave them 1. motivated to share/ write/ tell/ read story!  2.Increase a child’s ‘Sense of Selfworth’ towards those that find literacy difficult, as i share my own dyslexic upbringing.  3. Share the Love of Story by reading one of my book titles & listen to a sample bunch of students creative text.  4. Give everyone time, a positive role model & healthy messages to take home.

And YOU can help… If your in Victoria, please help me help the children you know and love. Contact your local school or library and suggest they host my dynamic side-show (also know as Guest Author/ Motivational Speaker) in Sept. 2015.

I look forward to meeting you in your home town of Victoria!

Sincerely yours, CHaD

St Mary’s College win me over

The last stop of the WA tour, and my heart was won over by the students at St Mary’s College. With a strong percentage of indigenous students, mixed with an imaginative healthy bunch all round. I was struck by their enthusiasm and excitement to get involved. Attention was high, smiles large. I had them in the cup of my hand. From start to finish, we connected over story!

Beautiful times.


Broome locals come on down!!!


ABC Publishes my Writing

ABC Open – Stories about peoples Day Jobs (Click on link) – https://open.abc.net.au/explore/72xl6fb

Tail end of ‘Ice-Cream’ tale

#Children's Author

Active Kids Books delivers free ice-cream (theatrically).

As with all ‘guest author’ appearances I do. I tend to throw my whole self into delivering an engaging fun exciting session.

Parabadoo primary today was no different. Starting with 6-8min theatrical story, I finally introduce myself as someone who loves to READ stories, WRITE stories and TELL stories…

For the LOVE of story, you can sample (teaser) my work via this video.

Make note, my 7yr old daughter did the recording on my iPhone. Capturing the tail end of a ‘hero’s journey’, a tale about over coming hurdles/ challenges to consume all the FREE ice-cream one could possible eat in one day!

Thanks for having me Parabadoo. Enjoy your holidays!!!


For the Love of Story – Kalbarri Primary

On Tuesday 10th June, the WA Tour branched away from the iconic coastal scrub that Aussie author Tim Winton best describes. Away from the walking, sight-seeing and surfing to visit the joyous kids of Kalbarri Primary School.

Being a guest at this school was insightful for all involved. I enjoyed listening and learning from the children as much as their smiles and enthusiasm awarded me the attention I received.

Next school visit; Parabadoo Primary near the amazing Karajini National Park.





Story Time was captured by a friend…

Story Time was sweet and delightful. It took me back to the world of ‘Wheels on the bus’, ‘If your happy and you know it’ and ‘The great big elephant is so slow’…What i was invited for, was a little contemporary injection. Reading Skate Session to many smiling cute faces and young parents in Margs.

Special thanks to my new friend and WA local; Mandy Collinson, for coming along in support and taking these pics as seen here.

Next stop, Kalbarri Primary School…YEW!!!

AKB now on shelves@AugustaMargaretRiver Library

Augusta Margaret River Shire Library NOW stocks ActiveKidsBooks on its shelves...

After an eery early morning surf @ Gracetowns South Point, where one of the recent shark attacks went down. Did i mention i was out there alone for the first hour, before a great guy by the name of Rob paddled out. And it just so happened Rob assisted the shark bitten surfer out of the water that day. He conducted CPR for 40min on him. Yet, not the result all of humanity would ask of their friend or loved one, yet it was real. And it was the bravery of Rob & his mates, not to pull the victim out of the water in the first place, but to be the first two surfers to paddle out for a wave the next day. They decided to take this action as a way of lifting the dark cloud that hung over the area and its people. And as Rob says, there has been 5 attacks in the last ten years and thousands of surfers in the water every day. The passion and joy one gets from riding a wave far out ways the small chance of being bitten by a Noah.

Besides the noah story, i was pleased at the support and love i received from the local library here in Margies. Not only have they purchased a copy of each book title, but they really did look after me in whatever way they could. So a big heart felt thank-you go to the librarians on the day.

Kind local librarians and opportunities a match. As synchronistically i walked in as weekly sheduled Story Time had just finished. And unbeknown to everyone, next Tuesday’s Story Time might see me grace the chair. As MR library may have a guest author read them an action-adventure tale that the local kids and their parents will enjoy I’m sure!

See ya there if your in the area…