Judith Barker Children's AuthorEnhancing literacy for young readers with diverse needs
Judith Barker Children’s Author
Enhancing literacy for young readers with diverse needs
About Judith Barker
Judith attributes Dr Seuss’ fantastical tales about faraway places to her love of writing children’s picture books. She’s an English teacher, a voracious reader, and a modern wordsmith. After teaching phonemic awareness to children in Europe, the Middle East, India and China, Judith saw a growing need to support diversity in schools. The children would recall the sounds and manipulate the letters to make different words, but while attempting to master the many vagaries of spelling––it became more of a challenge.
While researching a master in phonology, Judith began to use visual language in stories, by colouring the different phonemes, so that children could make a holistic sense of the various spelling patterns. The repetition of the sounds and the coloured letters particularly seemed to fully resonate in Dr Seuss’ fun and whimsical stories.
After returning to Melbourne for the launch of her first children’s book The Oo in Uluru, Judith has since won the 2019 Speech Pathology Children’s Book of the Year, and is writing a series of books about phonemes which will be published by Woodslane Press next year. When Judith is not writing children’s stories or plays, she teaches music therapy and meditation. She lives in Melbourne with her family and adorable Australian terriers, Nellie and Dusty.
Uluru Kata Tjuta National Park
Anangu are the people of Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and the central desert region. The landscape of the park has been managed over time using traditional Anangu methods governed by Tjukurpa, which is Anangu Law. The Anangu believe the park landscape was created at the beginning of time by ancestral beings and that the Anangu are direct descendants, and have lived there since the creation.