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Finding a sense of fun in literature for children is an obvious aim for Melbourne born author, Andy Griffiths. He's been quoted as saying, ‘It always annoyed me that children’s literature has been so polite. The world of literature should be really wild and free like rock ’n’ roll. That’s where I take a lot of my inspiration. That’s where I came from.’
As a former English Teacher (and lead singer/songwriter in several punk bands), Andy has stayed true to this belief by establishing a successful career as one of Australia's most popular authors for children and young adults. He has written over 20 books with many of them listed as a New York Times best-seller or awarded a children's choice award.
Andy is widely known for his Just! series and The Day My Bum Went Psycho. In 2008, he became the first Australian author to win six children's choice awards in one year for Just Shocking!, which beat he previous record of 4 awards for The Bad Book in 2005.
For many years, Andy has collaborated with the multi-talented illustrator, Terry Denton. Together they have published the Just! series, The Bad Book and The Very Bad Book, two crazy guides What Bumosaur is That? and What Body Part is That? amongst a host of others. The 13-Storey Treehouse won the ABIA's 2012 Book of the Year for Older Readers, and The 26-Storey Treehouse won the Book of the Year for Older Readers in 2013. Since then the pair have released the third book in the series The 39-Storey Treehouse. Aspiring writers, students and teachers should also take a look at their inspiring handbook, Once Upon a Slime, with over 45 fun ways to get writing fast by embarking on a host of writing and story-telling activities.
Andy is a Indigenous Literacy Foundation ambassador and dedicates time travelling to meet students in remote communities around Australia. Find out more about Andy, his books, and his upcoming projects and events by perusing his website... www.andygriffiths.com.au
Andy Griffiths and collaborator Terry Denton were a big hit as guest presenters at the Celebrate Reading National Conference - The Inside Story on Quality Australian Literature for Children, held at The Literature Centre in Fremantle, WA on 13-14 September, 2013.