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Speaker Profile - Steve Heron


Region: Australia West
Age Levels: 5-10 and 11-13
Will Travel: Anywhere in the world
Skype Visit: No
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Books that will touch and tickle your heart.

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.

·        His first trade-published picture book, ‘Ling Li’s Lantern’ is under contract with Midnight Sun Publishers, due for release in 2020.

·        His picture book ‘Harold the Horrid’ was short listed with 2017 Greenleaf Buds Writing competition.

·        His 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 WA.

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.

Presentation Description:

1. Wings - Moving From Sucks to Unsucks (10 to 12 year-olds) (1 hour)
   - An emotional literary escapade based on the book 'MAXIMUS'. A presentation that helps middle-grade children not be alone with their feelings, helping them explore the tough stuff in their life through writing. Sometimes you need a special friend to give you wings ... Will an encounter with a surprising new feathered friend and the reliability of old ones help Mitch get his mojo back?
2. Don't Press My Buttons (7 to 9 year-olds) (1 hour)
    - A journey through feelings based on the (yet to be published) book 'Don't Press My Buttons'. Branson is born with one button but soon grows more. Problems occur when Branson lets others press his buttons. One day he decides to be the boss of his own feelings and master of his own buttons. 
This presentation explores significant principles of emotional intelligence, body language and self-regulation. The presentation takes these concepts and crafts them in a fun way that children can embrace. Includes singing, writing, and button pressing.
3. Balancing the Power - PD for School Staff and Conference Speaker (1 hour)
    - A resilient child is a positive learner.
    - A presentation on antibullying, relationships, conflict resolution and resilience.
    - Helping schools/classes develop a culture of respect and social/emotional wellbeing.
(The same presentation is adapted for parent workshops 1.5 hrs)