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 debut picture book, All Bodies are Good Bodies was published by Hardie Grant Children’s Publishing in 2020. It has since been translated in Italian, Turkish, Slovenian and Romanian. English-language rights have been sold in China, and the book was published in the UK in August.
The first two novels in Charlotte’s 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 next picture book, a light-hearted exploration of boundaries and consent (From My Head to My Toes, I Say What Goes) will be published in February 2022.
Charlotte 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 and Engineers Australia. She regularly visits schools for creative writing workshops, sharing her passion for science, creativity and stories with children of all ages.