top of page

About

charlotte-barkla-headshot-highres-7794.j

Quick bio:

Charlotte Barkla is a Brisbane-based writer who worked as a civil engineer and physics teacher before rediscovering her love for children’s literature. She now writes picture books, middle-grade fiction and feature articles.

 

Charlotte’s books include All Bodies are Good Bodies (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, 2020), the Edie’s Experiments series (Penguin Random House, 2020) and From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes (Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing, 2022). Her fifth book will be published in 2024 with Hachette.

 

Charlotte’s books have been translated in multiple languages and short-listed for awards, and she has been the recipient of grants and mentorships for her fiction writing.

 

As well as writing for children, Charlotte writes feature articles for publications including the CSIRO’s Double Helix, Beanz magazine and Kookie magazine. She regularly visits schools for creative writing workshops, sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.

Less-quick bio:

      

Charlotte’s debut picture book, All Bodies are Good Bodies, is an uplifting book that promotes body positivity. It was published by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing in 2020, and has since been sold into the UK, Italy, Turkey, Slovenia, Romania and China. 

 

The first two novels in Charlotte’s science-themed, early middle-grade series, Edie’s Experiments, were also published in 2020, by Penguin Random House. The first book has been translated in Turkish, and the second book was shortlisted for the 2021 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.

 

Charlotte’s four children's book, From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes, is a light-hearted exploration of boundaries and consent. It was published in 2022 by Hardie Grant Children's Publishing. Her fifth children's book will be published in 2024 with Hachette.

Charlotte has completed multiple courses at the Australian Writers' Centre and Queensland Writers' Centre. She is a member of CBCA, SCBWI, ASA and Book Links. She was the recipient of an Australian Society of Authors’ Takeaway Creatives Grant in 2020 and an Arts South Australia grant in 2021.

 

As well as writing for children, Charlotte writes feature articles for publications including the Australian Educator, Engineers Australia, CSIRO's Double Helix, Beanz magazine and Kookie magazine. She regularly visits schools for creative writing workshops, sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.

bottom of page