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.

Helping Other Writers - MJ Editing Services Review

Being fairly new to the whole writing children’s stories thing, I was quite oblivious to the importance of having a good editor up until the dying moments of launching my book. I had written my story, had my brother do a first draft edit / read through, gathered illustrations and was planning on launching the book within a matter of weeks.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013 by Rob Towner
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Helping Other Writers - Do Not Use the Australian Self Publishing Group

Hey guys, if you have stumbled across this post it’s probably because you are a would-be writer trying to make it on your own and are looking for some advice on the services of the Australian Self Publishing Group... just like I was a few months ago. I came across the services of the ASPG after a friend of mine forwarded an email she had received from the NSW Writers Centre.

Sunday, November 3, 2013 by Rob Towner
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My Visit to Lewisham Public School via Skype

Last week I had the awesome opportunity to hold a Skype session with the students at Lewisham Public School in NSW. Thanks to the magic of technology (my phone), I was able to chat with the kids about some of my favourite books I used to read when I was in School. Alice In Wonderland being one of them... no not the movie... I’m talking about the Lewis Carol story of the same name. The one that the film was based on. Did you know that the Alice In Wonderland book was actually banned from China in 1931 for depicting animals with human characteristics?

author skype with school kids

skyping author


I also got to share my book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES (another story portraying animals with human traits) with them and did a reading of one of the Chapters. Afterwards, it was time for some Q and A and I got to answer some of the children’s questions about what it’s like being an author and how important and enjoyable it is to read books.

The event was a part of celebrating Book Week and encouraging kids to read. Marvellous event! Every week should be Book Week if you ask me. I had so much fun and can’t wait to do it again. I would just like to thanks the students for offering me such a warm reception and the extremely helpful teaching staff at Lewisham for being so accommodating.

I will indeed be sure to visit Lewisham Public School in the future to deliver their School Library a signed copy of ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES and to meet and greet the kids in person. Will be sure to post proof of this happening to my Facebook page in the not too distant future.

If you are a student, teacher, librarian, groundskeeper or member of some sort of School faculty and you would like me to hold a Skype session with your school, details on how to get in touch with me are on my contact page. I am available to chat with student all over the world using the magic of Skype. Thanks Skype.

lewisham school kids australia

Tuesday, September 3, 2013 by Rob Towner
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My Second Visit to St Dominic's Centre for Hearing Impaired Children

Today I had the amazing pleasure of returning to St Dominic’s Centre for Hearing Impaired Children to launch my book ANIMAL FRIENDS: FLOATING ORANGE CUBES.

The event coincided with the Book Week theme of ‘Across The Universe’, so everyone was dressed up in their fanciest outer space costumes. I myself was dressed as an outer space cheese grating cowboy from the planet that orbits the star Gamma Cephei... obviously.

playing games at school


Monday, September 2, 2013 by Rob Towner
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Helping Other Writers - InDesign file template of an EPUB

When I created my latest children’s story, I looked everywhere online for an InDesign file template that would easily export an EPUB file and I couldn’t find one good enough. So, I started from scratch and just made my own. If you find yourself in a similar situation, well look no further. You can have mine.

Sunday, September 1, 2013 by Rob Towner
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My Visit to Beresfield Public School

Well then, another amazing afternoon of giving out children’s books was had today at Beresfield Public School in NSW. As a part of the Books In Homes initiative to provide children across Australia with more books, myself and fellow Children’s Author Katrina Mckelvey visited the school to meet the kids and chat about the importance of reading and writing.

This all took place in a special Book Giving Assembly where the kids were presented with their well-deserved bundle of books that they got to choose for themselves. It was such great fun to be apart of! I don’t think I have ever experienced more high-fives in such a short amount of time!

The kids also put on an AMAZING performance of my new favourite song of ALL TIME... ‘Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches’ (Not only are the music and lyrics great, but the dance moves that go along with the song were perfectly choreographed and hilarious to watch.).

Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Rob Towner
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Fairy Floss For Brains - A Bedtime Story

A short children's story by Rob Towner


Old man Jeremy Dinkin was one of the happiest old people who ever lived. You want to know why? It’s because he had fairy floss for brains. It all happened twenty years ago during an operation on his head. His brain fell out on to the floor and the doctor accidentally mistook it for the big ball of pink fairy floss he was eating at the time. It was an easy mistake to make. You or I would have probably done the same.

Sunday, April 14, 2013 by Rob Towner
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My Books Now Live in Wyoming Public School's Library

My books in a schools library...


During the week I got to visit Wyoming Public School. Now, the complete collection of all my books are available to read in their school library! They went ahead and gave me the coolest library book display in history!

Friday, April 12, 2013 by Rob Towner
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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.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013 by Rob Towner
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The Magic of Hanukkah - A Bedtime Story

The last instalment of the Romy’s Garden Adventures series was a Christmas themed tale which celebrated the magic of Christmas. So, just so I don’t seem biased to one religion, I thought it might be nice to do the next adventures as a Hanukkah special. Yeeeehaw! Go Judaism!

Thursday, March 21, 2013 by Rob Towner
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