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Craig Smith

Craig_Smith_for_profile.jpgAuthor and musician Craig Smith was born in Clyde, central Otago, in 1972. Shortly after, the family moved to Queenstown where he, his mother and five brothers and sisters grew up. He now lives in Christchurch.
As a child Craig remembers telling his mother, 'When I grow up, I'm going to become a musician.' Her answer was 'You can't do both!' and she was right. When writing songs for the adult arena, Craig couldn't escape his childish side and was soon writing songs for non-grown-ups.
In late 2007 he released his first kids’ album, Not Just for Kids. The first track from this album, 'Wonky Donkey', won the APRA New Zealand Children’s Song of the Year 2008. He turned this song into his first children’s book by teaming up with illustrator Katz Cowley. He is working on turning more of his kid’s songs into books with a CD of the songs included in the future.


Selected bibliography:
  • The Wonky Donkey illustrated by Katz Cowley (Scholastic 2009).
  • Willbee the Bumblebee written with Maureen Thomson, illustrated by Katz Cowley (Scholastic 2010).
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 Picture Book Finalist and Category Winner for Children's Choice for The Wonky Donkey.
  • New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards 2010 Children's Choice Winner for The Wonky Donkey.

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