rob towner - author / illustrator

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Hey friend. My names rob. Nice to meet you and thanks for stopping by my website.

While I’ve got your attention, I should probably introduce myself. I’m a children’s author and illustrator. It’s a pretty cool job. I get paid to make up stupid, immature stories (mainly for my own amusement), I get to draw awful, ridiculous pictures of animals, I get to meet other authors and illustrators who I think are cool, and sometimes I even get to visit school assemblies across Australia to talk to children about how important reading and writing is. Did you know that studying extra hard and getting good grades in school is by far the coolest thing anyone can do? It’s true. School is the coolest. But anyways, yeh. That’s me in a nutshell. I make children’s books.

And guess what… making children’s books isn’t the only fun thing I like to do. Some other things I like to do include: eating pea and ham soup, playing chess, saying the word ‘wowee’, listening to jazz, watching my favourite tv show ‘Survivor’ and snorkelling in the ocean.

If I could be any animal in the entire world, I would probably be an elephant beetle. That way I could prance around the beach all day squirting salt water in my face.

If you have read all the way up to this point, there’s some blog posts below if you feel like checking them out. If you want to be double cool, you can also help me out by subscribing to my newsletter below. I promise not to spam you. I’ll just flick you an email whenever I create a new story.

My Visit to Wyoming Public School

Recently I had the massive pleasure of visiting Wyoming Public School in NSW Australia to discuss the importance of reading and writing. The event was a Books In Homes initiative sponsored by Scholastic Australia. The Wyoming Public School principal was nice enough to give me a ten minute window to discuss my own journey into the world of reading and writing tales.

But I thought to myself, man... no kid wants to sit through one second of me babbling on about my own boring life story (and if they did, all my deets are on this website anyways). So instead I thought I would have some fun with them. And wow, yeah we had some fun...

We just went ahead and made this Harlem Shake video.

A few people have already asked me... Why did you do this Rob? The answer is simply this. Many authors and illustrators visited my school when I was growing up, but I don’t remember a single one. Sure, the kids probably didn’t learn anything overly mind blowing from my little visit. But at least I gave them something they will remember... having some fun whilst reading and writing. My message... Reading and writing is fun.

After we had finished shaking it like a Polaroid picture, I had a few extra minutes up my sleeve so I decided to open the floor to some Q & A. I got some great questions too... Some of which have been answered in this interview.

The kids made me feel so welcome too and afterwards I spent an entire lunchtime signing autographs. By the end of it everyone had texta marks everywhere!

So ye anyways, what a fun time! I would just like to take this opportunity again thank all the kids for making my author visit a truly fun and memorable one. A BIG BIG BIG thank you also to Neil Fraser and all staff involved for accommodating me. I will come back absolutely anytime you want me to. PLUS, guess what??? Some of my picture books are now on display in the Wyoming Public School library... Some are calling it THE COOLEST LIBRARY DISPLAY EVER!

school kids doing the harlem shake

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Rob Towner
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