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 seemed to fully resonate with Dr Seuss’ fun and whimsical stories.
After returning to Melbourne for the launch of her first children’s book, The Oo in Uluru, Judith won the 2019 Speech Pathology Children’s Book of the Year. She followed up her debut picture book with The Ee in the Deep Blue Sea. Woodslane Press is publishing her forthcoming books—part of her long-vowel series—including The O in the Snow, The A in the Rainforest and The I in the Sky.
When Judith is not writing children’s stories or plays, she teaches music therapy and guided relaxation. She lives in Melbourne with her family and adorable Australian terriers, Nellie and Dusty.