ABOUT STEVE HERON

  • STEVE HERON OAM

    Books to touch and tickle hearts.


    When he’s not shooting marshmallows out of a home-made cannon or hanging out with the local magpie population, Steve uses his forty years of experience working with children in social and emotional wellbeing to cultivate and underpin his writing. 

    He blends the elements of heart, hope, humour and help to create children’s books that touch and tickle hearts.

    • o   Middle-grade novel One Thousand Snapshots published
      by Playtime Books (Shawline Publishing) Nov 2021. Winner of Australian
      Association of Family Therapists Book Award 2022 – Younger Reader Category. Shortlisted
      – West Australian Premier’s Book Awards 2021 – Prize for Writing for Children.

      o   Picture book, Where Ya Goin’? published by Wild Eyed
      Press Aug 2021. Shortlisted – Speech Pathology Australia Book Awards 2022.

      o   Ling Li’s Lantern Illustrated by Benjamin Johnston – published by MidnightSun
      Publishing Sept 2020 – 2021 Northern Lights Book Awards Winner of the
      picture book all ages category.

      o   Maximus, first middle-grade novel published by Serenity
      Press in 2018.

    • Series of six picture books in the Feel Safe Feel Right Series (Self Published) 2007

    Diploma of Children’s Writing and Publishing 2015 Australian College.

    Founder of Nurture Works and the acclaimed ‘BUZ – Build Up Zone’ programs.

    Order of Australia Medal 2016 for contribution to the
    social and emotional wellbeing of children.

    • Picture book Harold the Horrid was shortlisted
      with 2017 Greenleaf Buds Writing competition
    • Short story The Money Pouch was longlisted in
      the BUZZWords Magazine Short Story competition 2018

    Children’s Author @ Big Sky Readers and Writers
    Festival Geraldton, Words in The Valley Readers and Writers festival Bridgetown and Children’s Author in residence @ Carnarvon 2019. Margaret River Readers and Writers Festival 2022

    A champion of wellbeing for children, he has been called an affirmative vandal and a hooligan of hope.

    Solid social media platforms and creative, experienced presenter in schools and libraries.

    Member of SCBWI, ASA, Writing WA, CBCA WA.