Illustration © Mike Spoor  from Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots  © Mark Carthew. Excerpted by permission.
Illustrations © Mike Spoor

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news & events

The Moose is Loose!

The Moose is Loose CD / action song (Carthew / Fairbairn)
performed by Mark and the Mooseketeers!

* Also available in iTunes & Amazon MP3 stores

Click here for the SONG lyrics & score!

illustrated by Matt Stanton, published by HarperCollins / ABC Books

Click here to read the ABC's Press Release!

Exciting news... two new 2014 paper book editions just released!

The Gobbling Tree (Speech Pathology Australia's 2009 Lower Primary Book of the Year) & Five Little Owls, published by New Frontier Publishing & now distributed by Scholastic Australia.

And in news just to hand...

There is a new Korean Edition of Five Little Owls!
With some extra design features also...

Mark’s Reading for Australia: Kids Lit Quiz - Poetry blog!


Victoria. Saturday June 1st Eltham Library, 3.00 - 4.30pm.
The Moose is Loose! to be officially launched by National Reading Ambassador Hazel Edwards.
Join Mark for the Victorian Book Launch, special reading, refreshments … and even a celebration song with special guest Rob Fairbairn. This event is supported by the Eltham Library and Eltham Bookshop, 2012 ABA Bookseller of the Year.

Queensland. Sunday June 23rd 10.30 am Marks & Gardner Gallery & Bookshop.
Join Mark for the Qld Book Launch, stories, verse and song at the wonderful Marks & Gardner Gallery.


  • Mark is a 2014 Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) Ambassador!

    It’s HERE! Print and eBook … iTunes & Kindle!

    Witches Britches

    Images © Mike Spoor.

    Mike Spoor (UK) & Mark Carthew, All Saints Storylines Festival of Children's Literature WA.
    Mike and Mark touring Australia in 2013 & 2014 - for bookings contact Mark or Speakers Ink
    Book with Speakers Ink

    It’s BACK! NEW print and eBook edition

    Newts, Lutes and Bandicoots by Mark Carthew & Illustrated by Mike Spoor.

    Great NEW design & Hardback edition (IP Kidz) inc. visual puzzles. Find the hidden objects based on word ending sounds & the hidden newt and bandicoot playing a lute. Are you good enough?

    Mike Spoor (UK) and Mark at Dromkeen

    Now available in both Kindle Fire and iTunes!

    Click here to watch Jimmy Giggle & Hoot from ABC TV read The Gobbling Tree!

    The Gobbling Tree

    The Gobbling Tree wins the 2009 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards! Details..

    And more!
    The Gobbling Tree No 1 in Wordpress Top 3!

    We're Orff! - Front Cover

    We're Orff! 5 Easy Orff-based Music activities for Lower Primary Vol 1 & Middle Primary Vol 2 by Tamara O'Brien & Dr Mark Carthew, Bushfire Press Australia.

    Coming Soon to the USA:
    Speak Up! Denise Ryan & Associates / Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, CA, USA 2013
    Vroom, Vroom! Denise Ryan & Associates / Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, CA, USA 2013
    Footprints on the Moon, Denise Ryan & Associates / Teacher Created Materials, Huntington Beach, CA, USA 2013


    Machino Supremo! - Front Cover

    STOP PRESS.. again!
    Machino Supremo! Poems about machines by Janeen Brian & Mark Carthew, illustrated John Veeken (Celapene Press) - NOW AVAILABLE!

    Click here for FREE teacher notes and activity sheets!

    Download Poster »

    Mark and Janeen Brian sing Spare Parts from Machino Supremo! at the Toolangi CJ Dennis Festival














    For Mark’s RECENT interviews on Radio Waiheke Island NZ and ABC Adelaide 891 click here

    Can You Keep a Secret? Timeless rhymes to share and treasure…  

    Download Poster - Can You Keep A Secret?

    Listen to Skinnamarink!

    Click here to hear more songs from the CD!

    « Click image to download poster!

    Can You Keep a Secret? is a CBCA Early Childhood Notable Book 2009
    Currently ***OUT OF PRINT *** Watch this space for possible new edition
    SYBA Signs - Mark Carthew Poster

    • New MARK CARTHEW poster available from SYBA SIGNS!

    • Mark and UK children's illustrator Mike Spoor are available for international school talks, workshops and festival events.
      For further details please contact Mark direct on , or contact Helen Bain @ SPEAKERS INK, Phone: 1300-979-465
    • Mark is a guest author on the first Kidz Book Club DVD OUT NOW!
    • Mark elected to Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Board of Directors

      Left to right: Mark Carthew, Steve Wimmer (General Manager), Sheryl Gwyther, Kate Jones, Tony Moore, Angelo Loukakis (Executive Director), Robyn Sheahan-Bright (Deputy Chair), Sophie Masson (Chair), Hazel Edwards, Brian Dibble, Judith Ridge, David Day (Treasurer), Lyn Spender
      Missing from photo: Chris Pash, Jeremy Fisher, Ann James


    NEWS FLASH: Dr Who?

    Knock Knock.

    Who's there?


    Doctor who?

    Dr Carthew, that's who!

    *Mark has recently been awarded his PhD from Swinburne University, Victoria, Australia.

    Upcoming events…

    Snowy River Readers and Writers Festival

    Click here for more info on Mark's recent events!

    The Children's Bookshop Beecroft
    Some events in 2014!

    February 21: Story time at The Children’s Bookshop Beecroft

    March 17: Virtual visit - William Tyndale Primary School (UK)

    April 19: Snowy Mountains Readers and Writers Festival – Great events for children! Click here for the program

    May 19- 23: National Library and Information Week

    May 22: Carey Celebrates Literature (Carey Baptist Grammar School, Victoria)

    May 23: Australian Society of Authors (ASA) Annual General Meeting & Colin Simpson Memorial Lecture, Melbourne

    June 28th: NSW Writers Centre - Kids and Young Adult Literature Festival

    Kimberley Writers Festival

    June 30 – July 2: Australasian Children’s Literature Association for Research (ACLAR) Conference, Deakin University, Geelong.

    July 24-27: The Kimberly Writers Festival (Postponed to 2015!)

    August 6-9: Adelaide South Australia Tour – for booking information contact SA Literary booking agent Carole Carroll

    August 15- 22: CBCA Children’s Book Week – various school visits & library events


    August 22: ASA Board Meeting, Sydney

    August 27-30: CBCA (ACT) Canberra Tour (National Literacy & Numeracy Week)

    September 12-16: Malaysian International Conference on English Language Teaching (MICELT), Kuala Lumpur, Mayalasia. (Keynote & workshops)


    October 31: Clunes Booktown for Kids (Schools Day)

    Nov 1: Clunes Booktown for Kids (Family Day)

    Mark helps open the Ipswich Festival!

    Mike Spoor & Mark’s 2013 Australia Tour a great success - Click here & here to see!

    Mark and illustrator Mini Goss at Federation Square, Melbourne