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 Kitchener Public School in NSW



I had the coolest day today. I got to visit some of the most incredible kids in Australia at Kitchener Public School in NSW. The visit was organised by the lovely people at Books In Homes Australia.

For those of you who may not be aware, Books In Homes is an initiative to get kids reading by giving away books to school kids. i.e. putting Books In Homes. Could there be any greater initiative? I think not.

So what did we get up to you ask? Well, I got to have a chat to all the kids at their school assembly (Being a Remembrance Day assembly made the occasion all the more special).

My message was pretty simple... and that message was this... Anyone can be an author if they want to be. All you need to do is make sure you pay attention in school and show respect to your teachers. Being an author is one of the funnest jobs in the world too. What could be more fun than making up weird stories?

I got to talk to them about the importance of reading and writing, I got to read them one of my very own stories AANND I got to field some very intelligent questions.

To top it all off, and to prove that anyone can be an author, the kids will all be writing their own stories and sharing it on this blog! So stay tuned to see them come through :) I can already tell that there will be several famous authors coming out of Kitchener Public School.

I would like to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to the lovely staff and parents for being so warm and welcoming me at their school. And to all the kids, thank you for being so cool and listening to what I had to say... Remember, anyone can be an author if they really want to be. I can’t wait to read all your stories!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 by Rob Towner
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