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Sharon Holt

sharon holt at work 2016-546Sharon Holt lives in Te Aroha with her husband, two teenagers and a cat called Dora, who isn’t much of an explorer. Sharon’s exploits have included navigating in car rallies, learning to fly planes before she could drive a car, and travelling in a jeep to a remote Bolivian village while suffering from food poisoning.

She chose her career as a children’s book author at the age of seven and finally remembered that dream at the age of 40. Realising she didn’t have a moment to lose, Sharon started sending stories to publishers immediately. In the past 15 years she has had many books, stories and articles published by educational and trade publishers. Her passion and full-time job now is writing and publishing her award-winning Te Reo Singalong series of picture books with CDs. Sharon’s company is called The Writing Bug, which sees her visiting schools and preschools dressed as a ladybug.

Selected bibliography:
  • It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes illustrated by Ross Kinnaird (Allen & Unwin 2006).
  • Sabotage! The Diary of Rowan Webb, Auckland, 1985 [My Story] (Scholastic 2008).
  • Your Mother Didn’t Do That! illustrated by Brian Lovelock (Walker Books 2009).
  • No Survivors: The Diary of Jackie Simms, Hamilton, 1979 [My Story] (Scholastic 2009).
  • Maranga Mai! illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2012).
  • Kei te Peke Ahau illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2012).
  • Anei Ke! illustrated by Deborah Hinde (Writing Bug 2012).
  • Me Haere! illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2013).
  • E Hia Nga Moe? illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2013).
  • Matariki illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2014)
  • He aha tēnei? illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2014)
  • Whai Mai illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2014)
  • Mahi Tahi illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2015)
  • Kōrero Mai illustrated by Deborah Hinde (The Writing Bug 2015)
  • Te Wairua o Waitangi (The Writing Bug 2016)
 
Awards:
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2007 Non-fiction Shortlist for It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2007 Non-fiction List for It’s True! You Can Make Your Own Jokes
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2010 Picture Books List for Your Mother Didn’t Do That!
  • Māori Language Awards 2012 Finalist for the Te Reo Singalong series.
  • Māori Language Awards 2013 Winner for Te Reo Singalong series
  • Māori Language Awards 2014 Finalist for Te Reo Singalong series
  • CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2015 Winner for Best Te Reo Resource
  • CLNZ Educational Publishing Awards 2015 Winner for Teachers' Choice Award
 

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