Welcome to Creative Kids Tales, Tim Harris.
The hilarious, Tim Harris, is one of Australia’s most engaging children’s authors. His four book Exploding Endings series has sold over 20,000 copies in Australia. The first book in the series, Painted Dogs and Doom Cakes, was chosen as an Honour Book in the 2017 Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) and was shortlisted for the Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA).
The lead middle-grade novel in his second series, Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables, was recognised as a Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Notable in 2018. Based on five incredible teachers that inspired Tim, Mr Bambuckle is a truly memorable character and is testament to Tim’s exceptional expression.
From dreaming of playing cricket, to becoming a primary school teacher, to writing songs (over 30 of them being professionally recorded, published and played on the radio), Tim is quite remarkable himself. His greatest writing influence being Paul Jennings, Tim wrote his first Jennings inspired story for a class he was teaching at the time. His early tales were acknowledged by a member of the CBCA and parent of one of his students, who encouraged Tim to continue writing. We are so glad she did! The support of his students, a head full of ideas and a desire to write, led Tim to self-publishing his first collection of short stories. The success of his short stories opened up an avenue to traditional publishing with Harbour Publishing House and Penguin Random House.
Tim’s 15 years’ experience as a teacher and his professional, witty and dynamic demeanour has made him not only an accomplished author but a popular presenter. In 2016 and 2017, Tim’s entertaining workshops were enjoyed by over a hundred schools. As a highly-regarded advocate for short stories and creativity, Tim continues to be a sought-after by schools and libraries. Ever willing to share his experience with aspiring creatives, Tim is respected and admired by fellow authors and illustrators for his kindness, humility and generosity.
Pizza, chocolate and pancakes make Tim very happy, as does his home. Living in Sydney with his wife and three children (two boys and a girl), Tim seems to find quirky ideas everywhere! Crafting a story in about 3-4 months, Tim creates humorous and moving books. His books take the reader on an emotional journey, with lots of laugher scattered throughout. Tim is a master at the big twist endings, captivating his audiences, leaving them hanging on every word all the way to the end.
We are beyond delighted to welcome the remarkable Tim Harris to Creative Kids Tales.
Introduction by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern
Tim's website: www.timharrisbooks.com
Some of Tim Harris' books: