Participating Authors and Illustrators

It’s wonderful to have these Kiwi authors and illustrators volunteer to participate during the first year of Kiwi Author Pen Pals.

Kate B. Gordon

Wanaka

Writes mysteries and fantasy for ages 8-12

Jenn Rackham

Auckland

Fantasy fiction author and illustrator

Jo van Dam

Auckland

Writes funny and quirky picture books


Karen McMillan

Hibiscus Coast

Writes fun fiction for readers aged 8-12

Elizabeth Kirkby-McLeod

Waikato

Writes early chapter books ages 5-8

Siubhan Green

Taranaki

Writes picture books to support wellbeing


Maria Gill

North Auckland

Author of 65+ children’s books

Rodney Strong

Wellington

Writes for ages 7-11 with realism & a touch of fantasy

Yvette Carol

Auckland

Write fantasy fiction for ages 9-13


Linda Jane Keegan

Golden Bay

Picture book author and editor of The Sapling

Kimberly Andrews

Wellington

Award-winning picture book illustrator & author

Sarah Johnson

Raglan

Prize-winning full-time writer, ages 0-12


Maz Hermon

Father and creator of Fun Math 4 Kids by Mazmatics

Erin Willson

Creator of the picture book Monarchs of Aotearoa

Janet Horwell

Creator of Kiwi Rhymes for Modern Times


Claire Aramakutu

Christchurch

Author of middle grade fiction

Katie Pye

Nelson

Creator of the Fairytale Fraud series

Helen Griffiths

Taranaki

Creator of Treasure Beyond Measure


Melinda Szymanik

Auckland

Multi award-winning children’s and YA author

Jon Tucker

Bay of Islands

Global sailor and author writing for 9-12 y.o.

Ulrika Hedquist

Auckland

Horse lover and author writing for 9-12 y.o.