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“KidLit panel”: Nat Amoore, Andrew Levins, Adrian Beck

Kidlit panel: image includes bookcovers for Derek Dool, Power of Positive Pranking and Nelson Pumpkins and AliensToday’s guests each wrote comedic adventure style books for kids. They’re passionate about children’s literacy, books in homes, music, and poking fun of each other. Especially Nat Amoore and Adrian Beck, who are cousins. This podcast is suitable for children. The three of them made me laugh so much I struggled to talk at times.

Nat Amoore

Nat is a Sydney-based writer who is passionate about encouraging kids to read and write and explore their imagination without boundaries. Her first middle grade novel Secrets Of A Schoolyard Millionaire is out now with Penguin Random House. Her second book The Power Of Positive Pranking is due out in June 2020. Nat won awards for her books. She is a proud Role Model for Books In Homes and is generally passionate about kidlit.

Andrew Levins

Andrew has been a DJ since he was a teenager, and a food writer for almost as long. He cut his teeth as one of the inaugural DJs on FBi radio, plays most major Australian music festivals and hosts the longest-running hip-hop night in Sydney. The Sydney Morning Herald, ABC Life, VICE, SBS,Good Food Guide and Time Out have published his articles. In 2007 he co-founded the youth music charity Heaps Decent (with Diplo and Nina Las Vegas), and in 2009 the Sydney Morning Herald named him one of Sydney’s 100 Most Influential People. Since then he’s had two kids, run a successful restaurant, released a cookbook and started no less than five podcasts. The Nelson series are his first books for children.

Emma Streeton and her 7-year-old bookworm reviewed Nelson: Pumpkins and Aliens.

 Adrian Beck

Beck writes funny, action-packed adventure stories for kids. Adrian is the author of the best-selling Alien Zoo series and the co-author of the best-selling kids’ series Kick it to Nick, with AFL Hall of Fame inductee Shane Crawford. He wrote Stuff Happens – Dale, the story of a redhead teased once too often so plots revenge. All of Adrian’s stories are fun to read – even for kids who struggle to get interested in books.

Adrian was born in Hobart, Tasmania but is not related to Princess Mary. (As far as he knows). He is passionate about raising childhood literacy levels across the country and is a fierce supporter of the endangered teacher-librarian species. In short, he’s passionate about kidlit.

Adrian is a part-time TV producer / part-time writer, and uses both skill sets to deliver entertaining schools visits with lively, humorous and interactive sessions on writing, working in television and sport.

Emma and her bookworm reviewed Derek Dool Supercool: Bust a Move.


This high-octane podcast was a joy to record and is suitable for primary school audiences and their carers. I hope you enjoy listening as much as I enjoyed recording it!




Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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