Mark Carthew is an award winning Australian children’s author, poet, musician and educator well known for his books and series celebrating music, movement, drama, humour and wordplay.

Mark’s recent picture books include Five Little Owls, The Moose is Loose! The Great Zoo Hullabaloo! and The Gobbling Tree, winner of Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year.

Mark’s creative output includes three new books in the Marvin & Marigold series illustrated by Simon Prescott (UK); Marvin & Marigold The Big Sneeze, Marvin & Marigold: A Christmas Surprise and Marvin & Marigold: A Stormy Night.

Upcoming releases include a special 10th Anniversary eBook & print edition of his CBCA Notable verse and song anthology Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure and an exciting new title featuring the amazing animals of the Amazon - The Dingle Dangle Jungle          (Feb 2020), illustrated by Dave Atze (SA) and published by Ford Street Publishing. More titles, eBooks, poems; and free songs and resources can be found at

Mark was awarded a May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust Fellowship in 2013 (Brisbane) and more recently 2020 (Adelaide). His achievements in writing have also been acknowledged via a Distinguished PhD Award from Swinburne University of Technology. As a highly engaging and sought after national and international presenter, Mark’s early years, primary school and literary event presentations are interactive, entertaining and fun for all.

Published Titles

The Dingle Dangle Jungle, Ford Street Publishing, 2020

Can you keep a secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure, Leaping Lizards Press, 2008, Random House 2020.

CBCA Notable

The great zoo hullabaloo, New Frontier Publishing, 2018

Marvin and Marigold

The big sneeze

A Christmas surprise

A stormy night

New Frontier Publishing

We're off 1, 2 & 3

Bushfire Press

The moose is loose, HarperCollins, 2013

The gobbling tree, New Frontier Publishing, 2008

Five little owls, New Frontier Publishing, 2007

Witches' britches, itches & twitches, Interactive Publications, 2012

Wicked wizards & leaping liIzards, Leaping Lizards Press, 2006, Random House, 2013

Newts, lutes and bandicoots, IPKIds, 2003, Scholastic, 2012

Flabbergaster, Teacher Created Materials, 2014

Footprints on the moon, Teacher Created Materials, 2014

Vroom, vroom! Teacher Creates Materials, 2014

Speak up! Poems selected by Mark Carthew, Teacher Created Materials, 2014

Machino Supremo! Poems about machines, with Janeen Brian, Celapene Press, 2009