Library News – Author Visit

Award-winning children’s author Chris Collin is visiting our school Tuesday 6 June 2023! Chris is the author, singer and narrator of musical picture books, including the wild and wacky Funky Chicken series and A Bug Called Doug. His latest title is an environmentally-themed book called The Things You Can Do with Blue Whale Poo! Yes, believe it or not, whale poop is crucial to healthy oceans and even the air we breathe! Chris’ philosophy is simple; encourage our kids to read and write by making reading fun! The presentation includes storytelling, puppets, video slideshows, singing and dancing! Chris will explain how a picture book is created. Some of our students will become illustrators for a day and may even get started on their very own creative project!

  • Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space is in the Qld and Victorian Premiers Challenge Book List and was voted WINNER in the 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards! This book is also a selected test for the Qld Dept of Education Partners in Reading Program.
  • Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks is in the Premiers Reading Challenge Book List in Qld, NSW and Victoria and was shortlisted in the 2014 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.
  • A Bug Called Doug is in the Qld Premiers Reading Challenge Book List and in the BSDE e-kindy curriculum.
  • Funky Chicken Mission InCROCible is in the Premiers Reading Challenge Book List in NSW and Victoria.
  • The Things You Can Do with Blue Whale Poo is in the Premiers Reading Challenge Book List in Victoria, and was short-listed in the 2021 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards.

You can download educational activity sheets specific to our books from the Funkybooks website. These FREE activities are great fun and available for anyone to use including teachers, parents and care givers! If you are interested in purchasing a signed copy of Chris’ beautiful books, just fill in the attached order form and money slip, pop it into an envelope and deliver back to the school per the steps below.


PREFERRED OPTION – Order from the secure shopping cart at – quote funky10 in the discount code box to get your author visit discount! (Note – postage fees apply for this option but it also means you get your order now before the visit!)


Deliver your completed Order Form in a sealed envelope to the School office labelled “Book Order – Chris Collins & your child’s name and class. ” Orders must be received by Monday 5 June 2023. If paying by cash, please be advised that correct money must be included as no change will be given.