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Steven Herrick is one of Australia's most popular and widely heard children’s authors. Many of his fourteen books for children and young adults have been on the CBCA Children's Book of the Year Awards shortlist, including Love, Ghosts and Nose Hair (1997), A Place like This (1999), The Simple Gift (2001), and Tom Jones Saves the World (2003). Do-wrong Ron (2004) and By the River (2005) were named Honour Books. Steven’s first novel, Rhyming Boy, was published in 2008. At school his favourite subject was soccer, and he dreamed of football glory while he worked at various jobs. For the past twenty-five years he’s been a full-time writer and regularly performs his work in schools throughout the world. He lives in the Blue Mountains with his partner and two sons.
Love Poems And Leg Spinners
Love Poems And Leg...
Steven Herrick

Another collection of funny, strange, silly and ordinary poems from Australia's most popular poet for children. Herrick is at his best when he writes about the simple things in a child's everyday life ...

My Life, My Love, My Lasagne
My Life, My Love, ...
Steven Herrick

My sister doesn't eat meat. She calls herself a vegetarian Mum calls her sensitive. Dad calls her a nutcase. I don't call her anything unless she picks on me Then I call her names I can't mention in a ...

The Spangled Drongo
The Spangled Drong...
Steven Herrick

Twelve-year-old Sam has soccer fever. He lives with eccentric Auntie Amshara and Ronaldo his dog. His best friend is Goose, Captain of the local soccer team, until soccer crazed Jessica Bowles moves i ...

Tom Jones Saves The World
Tom Jones Saves Th...
Steven Herrick

"I hate that wall Everytime I go for a bike-ride Mum says, "Stay within the walls". So I ride around in circles, Like a circus animal. It's a prison. A prison for kids." Dumb things become important ...

Rhyming Boy
Rhyming Boy
Steven Herrick

Jayden Hayden, wordsmith, a.k.a rhyming boy, doesn't have a dad - just a mum obsessed with Jayden Finch, the footballer, and an embarrassing name that gets him teased. When a school father-son day is ...

Untangling Spaghetti: Selected Poems
Untangling Spaghet...
Steven Herrick

Are toenails a good source of vitamen C? What are ten things you will never hear your parents say? And, more importantly, how do you untangle spaghetti? A collection of humorous, touching and thought- ...

Pookie Aleera Is Not My Boyfriend
Pookie Aleera Is N...
Steven Herrick

A heart-warming tale about friendship, grief and the importance of baked goods, by award-winning author Steven Herrick.

The Simple Gift
The Simple Gift
Steven Herrick

A special reissue of a bestselling and award-winning Australian classic from popular author Steven Herrick

Bleakboy and Hunter Stand Out in the Rain
Bleakboy and Hunte...
Steven Herrick

A new, laugh-out-loud novel from award-winning author Steven Herrick

Another Night in Mullet Town
Another Night in M...
Steven Herrick

An iridescent verse novel from award-winning author Steven Herrick that shines light on friendship, family and finding your way.

A Place Like This
A Place Like This
Steven Herrick

A special reissue of a bestselling Australian classic from award-winning author Steven Herrick. Jack and Annabel have been dating for two years. With high school over they’re about to start university ...

Love, Ghosts and Nose Hair
Love, Ghosts and N...
Steven Herrick

A special reissue of a bestselling Australian classic from award-winning author Steven Herrick. Jack is an everyday sixteen-year-old boy. He’s obsessed with Annabel, sport and nose hair. He’s also obs ...

The Bogan Mondrian
The Bogan Mondrian
Steven Herrick

A powerful and heart-stopping young adult novel from a master storyteller. This is Steven Herrick at his best.


Winner 2013 Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Children's Literature

Shortlisted 2013 CBCA Younger Reader

Shortlisted 2013 Queensland Literary Awards, Children's Book

Shortlisted 2013 Children's Peace Literature Award

Shortlisted 2014 Adelaide Festival Awards, Children's Literature

Shortlisted 2013 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Patricia Wrightson Prize

Shortlisted 2014 REAL Awards Fiction for Older Readers

Shortlisted 2014 YABBA Children's Choice Award

Shortlisted 2015 REAL Children's Choice Award for Older Readers

Shortlisted 2013 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards – Upper Primary

Selected for 2013 Queensland Premier’s Reading Challenge

Shortlisted, 2015 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers

Shortlisted, 2015 Australian Book Design Award for Best Designed Children’s Fiction Book – designer Jo Hunt

Selected for the International Youth Library White Ravens list 2015

Shortlisted for the CBCA Book of the Year: Older Readers and New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards and commended in the Victorian Premier's Literary Award Sheaffer Pen Prize for Young Adult Fiction.


‘The king of poetry for children is Steven Herrick. Herrick's poems … are so well balanced. On the one hand there's humour and light-heartedness; on the other there's depth and thoughtful care.’ Sydney Morning Herald

‘Steven Herrick has a wonderfully acute ear for the authentic voice of primary school children – their concerns, humour, emotional and intellectual journeys throughout the school year. ... Herrick’s poetry is playful and insightful, funny and poignant.’ Magpies

‘Whether it's climbing a tree, blushing or Anzac Day, Herrick hones in on the emotion of the moment and traps it like a bug in a jar.’ Sunday Age

‘Highly recommended for home, school and children's library collections.’ Viewpoint