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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 to touch and tickle your heart.

Steve’s goal is to write books for children with a unique blend of heart, hope, humor and help.

  • Heart - heartfelt stories with elements of reality and meaning.

  • Hope - stories that nurture hope and a glimpse of a better tomorrow.

  • Humor – stories and poems that tickle toes and turn the giggle taps on.

  • Help - stories to touch on issues children face, providing a sense of empathy.

Steve’s stories combine these elements in varying quantities to create books that touch and tickle hearts.

  • Maximus, his first middle-grade novel was published by Serenity Press in 2018 and is receiving positive reviews.

  • First trade-published picture book, Ling Li’s Lantern MidnightSun Publishing - Sept 2020.

  • Picture book, Where Ya Goin’? is under contract, with Wild Eyed Press scheduled for release in 2021.

  • 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.

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 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.

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 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)