Welcome to our website, here you will find the literary and Art works produced by our young Australian children. Entries are available to all school age, Australian children. Stories, Poems, Drawings, Paintings, Photographs, and Computer Art can be submitted online.

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OzKids was initiated in the early 90's by The Australian Childrens Literary Board, a Not For Profit Organisation primarily focused on the literary needs of our young children.

OzKids is a magazine which we distribute on a national basis and publish online through this website. Its purpose is to promote and support children's literary and artistic talents and to provide a vehicle for children to appreciate and develop their skills and encourage them to continue in the arts, especially when they see their work published.

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Our Programs

Here are some of the other programs run by Childrens Charity Network which may be of interest to you.

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Art Awards for Children

Art Program

Our Arts Program provides the opportunity for Australian children have their work on our website and assessed.

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Food for Children

Feeding Program

We believe feeding programs are an important part of the solution for hungry kids today.

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Donate Your Books for Kids

Books For Kids

Books for Kids Helps place new books into the hands of at-risk children through collaborations within the community.

Young Adult Retreat

Supporting Our Youth

We recently sent a group of young adults out to Licola Wilderness Village for some respite.

Childrens Charity Network is a Victorian based not-for-profit organisation, which acts as an umbrella for different programs/initiatives. Its main aim is to build, foster and nurture confidence and self-esteem in all children.

Our Patrons

The Children's Charity Network Patrons' Circle is a small group of dedicated donors who commit an annual financial donation of their choice, to ensure the expansion and continuation of the Children's Charity Network work in the community.

Visit our dedicated Patrons website for more information. Go Now ....

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Geoffrey Handbury

In early 2006, Mr Geoff Handbury AO recommended that the Children's Charity Network Patrons' Circle be formed.

"Children's well-being is very dear to my heart as our future depends on them. Ensuring that they grow into confident people with well-developed self-esteem is very important. I am very pleased to be associated with the Children's Charity Network, a not-for-profit community organisation which has as a mission: "To build, foster and nurture confidence and self-esteem in children".

The Patrons' Circle is something I am immensely proud to lead and support. I encourage you to join the Patrons' Circle and help the Children's Charity Network continue the wonderful work it does in the community through its different initiatives for children and expand on those.

Your patronage will make a real difference to the life of thousands of children and most importantly it would make a clear statement about your commitment to supporting future generations.

I look forward to you joining our Patron's Circle."

Mr Geoff Handbury AO
Patron, Children's Charity Network

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Krista Bell

Krista Bell

Krista Bell is an award-winning author of twenty-one books for young readers. Krista has been professionally involved in children's literature for over thirty years, as well as being the mother of three sons, all of whom are good readers and writers!

Krista's middle son, Damien, is the illustrator of her junior novels. Having grown up in Sydney, Krista had her own bookshop, was a publicist for a publishing company, then a book reviewer on ABC Radio for fifteen years, and during that time moved to Melbourne with her family.

It was in Melbourne that her first book, JEZZA, a picture book illustrated by Kym Lardner, was published in 1991. Krista calls the way she writes FIBTION, because she takes real life experiences, embroiders them with fibs and turns them into stories.

Krista lives with her sons and transport planner husband next to a railway line so she can quickly catch a train to the MCG to watch a football match, or go to the theatre, a concert or the National Gallery in town, or visit South Bank or Federation Square where she can be a professional "stickybeak", collecting story ideas.

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Anna Ciddor

Anna Ciddor

Anna Ciddor has always been fascinated by the question, 'What if I lived in another time or place?' She changed career from maths teacher to author so she'd have the excuse to spend lots of time doing research.

She has written and illustrated over fifty books, including the highly popular and exciting Viking Magic trilogy: Runestone, Wolfspell and Stormriders. Bravery, friendship, and a dash of magic are the keys to these adventure stories, which are based on real Viking history.

Anna keeps in touch with her readers through school visits and her website, but she is also keen to encourage the writing efforts of budding young authors through the Young Australian Writers Awards.

In 2003 Runestone was chosen as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia, and all the Viking Magic books have been shortlisted for various children's choice awards. In 2005 Anna was awarded a 2-year grant by the Literature Board of the Australia Council to work on her new book Night of the Fifth Moon. In 2008 Night of the Fifth Moonwas chosen as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia.

Find out more about Anna by visiting her website here ...

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Paul Collins

Best known for his fantasy and science fiction titles:

The Jelindel Chronicles (Dragonlinks, Dragonfang, Dragonsight and Wardragon), and The Quentaris Chronicles - co-edited with Michael Pryor - (Swords of Quentaris, Slaves of Quentaris, Dragonlords of Quentaris, Princess of Shadows, The Forgotten Prince, Vampires of Quentaris and The Spell of Undoing).

His trade books published in America are The Earthborn, The Skyborn and The Hiveborn.

Paul has edited many anthologies which include Trust Me! and Australia’s first fantasy anthology, Dream Weavers. He also edited The MUP Encyclopaedia of Australian SF&F. His latest anthology is Rich & Rare, with a foreword by Sophie Masson.

Paul has been short-listed for many awards and has won the Inaugural Peter McNamara A Bertram Chandler, Aurealis and William Atheling awards.

His recent fantasy series include The World of Grrym (Allira’s Gift, Lords of Quibbitt and Morgassa’s Folly), in collaboration with Danny Willis, and The Warlock’s Child six-part series in collaboration with Sean McMullen.

Paul also wrote the YA SF trilogy, The Maximus Black Files (Mole Hunt, Dyson’s Drop and The Only Game in the Galaxy).

His fantasy novel, Slaves of Quentaris, was listed in 1001 Children’s Books You Must Read Before You Die (UK, 2009). Paul wrote seven of the Quentaris novels. This was a series he and Michael Pryor edited for Lothian Books and then Hachette.

Paul’s latest book is Harry Kruize, Born to Lose.

Other than his writing, Paul is the publisher at Ford Street Publishing, a children’s specialist publishing everything from picture books through to young adult literature. Two books, Pool, by Justin D’Ath and Crossing the Line, by Dianne Bates, were short-listed for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards and the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards. A third, Shane Thamm’s My Private Pectus, was short-listed in the Territory Read Award. Other books have also been short-listed and won other awards. Peter Vu’s Paper Cranes Don’t Fly won the Gold INKY Award 2018.

Find out more about Paul by visiting his website here ...

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Meredith Costain

Meredith Costain

Meredith Costain is a versatile writer whose work ranges from picture books through to novels, poetry and narrative non-fiction.

Her books include CBCA Honour Book Doodledum Dancing, Disaster Chef!, Daddies Are Great!, novelisations of ABC TV’s Dance Academy, and tween series A Year in Girl Hell. Her best-selling series, the quirky Ella Diaries, was shortlisted for both the REAL and the WAYRBA children’s choice awards, and has sold to 24 countries. Her latest series, Olivia’s Secret Scribbles, features Ella’s ‘naughty little sister’, Olivia.

Meredith lives in inner-city Melbourne with a menagerie of pets, who often wrangle their way into her stories. She regularly presents writing workshops for children and adults around Australia, and enjoys helping writers create stories based on their own experiences.

Find out more about Meredith by visiting her website here ...

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Hazel Edwards

Hazel Edwards

Best known for the children's literature classic There's a Hippopotamus on Our Roof Eating Cake series, Hazel Edwards writes for children, teenagers and adults.

With over 200 books published, Hazel runs non-boring writing workshops and mentors aspiring writers online. An enthusiastic 2012 Year of Reading National Ambassador, Hazel has a comprehensive range of resources for teachers and children to encourage reading and writing within the classroom. Hazel's online store also offers e-books and resources for readers at every stage including a downloadable literacy mystery series for independent readers.

Hazel's latest releases include f2m the boy within, and Hooray! There's a Hippopotamus on the Roof Having a Birthday Party, a bright new addition to the Hippopotamus series which has recently been reinterpreted for the silver screen.and translated into Chinese by the Children's Publishing House of Sichuan Province. Professor Fred Hollows (Aussie Heroes series) just out, following Sir Edward Weary Dunlop.

Find out more about Hazel by visiting her website here ...

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Libby Hathawn

Libby Hathawn

Libby Hathorn is an award-winning author of more than fifty books for children and young people. Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, United Kingdom and Holland. She was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003.

Her best-selling young adult novel, Thunderwith, re-titled The Echo of Thunder is a Hallmark Hall of Fame movie, starring Judy Davis, who was nominated for an EMMY for her performance as Gladwyn. Of her picture storybooks, Grandmas Shoes has been performed as an opera by Opera Australia and Theatre of Image, Libby being awarded an AWGIE for the libretto; Sky Sash So Blue was performed as an opera in Birmingham, Alabama, United States.

Libby's interactive series Weirdstop won an AIMIA Award, 2004; the NSW Society of Women Writer's Bi-annual Award, 2005 whilst Wonderstop won the Energy Australia National Trust Heritage Award (Education) 2007. She lectures part-time in Creative Writing at Sydney University and as an Australia Day Ambassador, travels to country towns to talk about the importance of Australian literature.

Libby's latest stories include Fire Song (ABC Books, 2009) Highly Commended, Prime Minister's Literary Award 2010, Zahara's Rose (IP Press, 2009) and a limited edition of her adult poetry, Vietnam Reflections (Pax Press, 2010). Her anthology of poetry The ABC Book of Australian Poetry: A treasury of poems for young people, was launched at the CBCA NSW Conference, 2010. Poetry is dear to her heart and Libby currently works on her own special arts project entitled 100 Views with schools and councils here and internationally. Her documentary 100 Views Kathmandu screens on community channels.

Libby loves stories in many different formats; her kindle titles include Fire Song, Letters to a Princess and Ghostly Ghastly, which is only available online. However, she is devoted to books, her latest children's picture book I Love You Book (IP Kids, 2010) celebrating this.

To find out more about Libby, visit here website here ...

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Lorraine Wilson

Lorraine Wilson

Lorraine grew up in Northern Victoria and attended one-teacher rural schools as a child. She always loved to read but had no real interest in writing until much later, when she was deputy principal of a large inner city school, Helen St Northcote.

The student population included a majority of recently arrived migrant children together with impoverished Australian born children. At that time there were no books for young children which showed children of the inner city. The Northcote children could not identify with the characters of the books in their school. Lorraine then set to work writing about the Helen St children. This was the beginning of her writing career.

Today she combines education consultancy, with writing, both for children and for teachers. She is an inspirational speaker on literacy issues, and is in demand around Australia and the United States.



  • Australian Literacy Educators' Medal, 1996
  • Whole Language Umbrella Service Award, 2004
  • Citation of Merit Garth Boomer Award - Australian Literacy Educators Association, July 2005
  • 2011 Lifetime Membership Award, Whole Language Umbrella, National Council of Teachers of English.
To find out more about Lorraine Wilson, visit her website here ....


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