ABOUT STEVE HERON
STEVE HERON OAM
Books that will touch and tickle your
Steve’s passion is to power hope
in children, especially through children’s literature. His love of
picture books is shown by his extensive collection. He craves to write quality picture books and novels that
engage children, at the same time aid them to handle the tricky things in
life. He aspires to keep
it real and unreal for kids in his
books, some for fun, some to stir hope.
Maximus, his first middle-grade novel was published by Serenity Press in early 2018
and is receiving positive reviews. He is currently searching for publishers to
pick up his twenty-three picture books and a second middle-grade novel.
first trade-published picture book, ‘Ling
Li’s Lantern’ is under contract
with Midnight Sun Publishers, due for release in 2020.
picture book ‘Harold the Horrid’ was
short listed with 2017 Greenleaf
Buds Writing competition.
short story ‘The Money Pouch’ was long listed in the BUZZWords Magazine
Short Story competition 2018.
Steve is the founder of Nurture Works Foundation and developed the
acclaimed ‘BUZ – Build Up Zone’
social and emotional programs and initiatives used in many schools throughout
In 2016, he was listed in the Queen’s Birthday honours and received
an Order of Australia Medal for
contribution to the social and emotional wellbeing of children.
His first dabble with writing for children led to a series of six
picture books in the ‘Feel Safe Feel
Right Series’ published by Nurture Works in 2007.
Author of ‘BUZology’ 2011 and
‘Bullyproofing’ 2013 – books for
people working with children.
Steve completed a Diploma of
Children’s Writing and Publishing in 2015 with the Australian College. He
has recently semi-retired from 40 years of pastoral work with children to focus
on his writing.
Steve has extensive experience
working with children in schools and is no stranger to doing presentations
to kids. He has a positive web and
social media platform ready to promote his books and presentations.
A champion of wellbeing for
children, he has been called an affirmative vandal and a hooligan of hope.