HI! I am Jo. Joanna Becker, is my pen name as the children’s author of Dusty’s Wonder Bug and Max’s Bright Fly.
I fell in love with writing at 5 years of age and wrote my first children’s book a few years later. As a teenager I went on to train as a Creative Administrator for one of Australia’s largest international direct-maiI marketing companies, and I became a senior copywriter and Creative Project Process Manager with a number of creative campaigns within the top 10 best-sellers for our industry worldwide. My professional career transformed once I became a full-time stay at home (and homeschooling) mum, and writing children’s books, personal development courses for mothers, and creative guided meditations and relaxation journeys became my new area of interest. Creative expression has always been important to me. I am now a pianist of almost 30 years with an insatiable desire to compose more relaxing classical piano tracks, australian fiction novels, children’s books and creative guided visualizations and health meditation journeys.
Qualifications and coaching are also important to me. I have gained immeasurable value through professional academic studies and personal development courses. As a homeschooling mum, I seek to blend outside tutoring along with the warmth and patience of a nurturing homeschool environment. As for me, I am certified through the Australian College of Holistic Studies to teach meditation to children, teenagers and adults, as well as teach others how to produce their own creative writing and music for meditation. I am a certified Workplace Trainer and Assessor, certified project manager, certified digital marketer, certified copywriter, public relations consultant, and I completed Bachelor of Business (Marketing, Advertising, Creative Writing, Management, Journalism) in 2009. I love study: books and courses are in my top list of favorite things. So I’m excited to continue my studies to become a certified Stress Management Counsellor, Spiritual Counsellor and Healer, and Permaculture Consultant.
My husband and I started home educating our children in 2015. Our children have never attended school and are wholeheartedly expressing their unique personalities and interests - they are aged 2, 8 and 11 years old. We live on a 25-acre homestead on the coastal strip of regional mid-north coast NSW where we run a local rural earthworks business, care for farm animals and grow food with the permaculture ethics – earth care, people care, and return of surplus. You can visit my author website, and follow my food blog The Quasi-Vegetarian Homestead and YouTube channel
Home Educating Mum is a NSW-based business offering writing coaching for children aged 10 years and up. For the younger children we have Creativity Showbags, to encourage self-led and guided creative expression with fun materials. Please browse the Home Educating Mum Shop for our current offerings to home educating families, including book packs, stationery, art supplies, and inspiration to get creative, of a general nature as well as including supplies to support a Waldorf (Steiner) homeschool curriculum.
All Creative Kids Packs include the children's books below: Dusty's Wonder Bug and/or Max's Bright Fly. I believe these are a beautiful support for education at home. This website and the Creative Kids packages I have formulated are my way of delivering these books to you and your kids, plus much, much more!
Dusty’s Wonder Bug is a colourful large print story book set in the country where a curious boy takes a walk with a magical friend The Wonder Bug to learn about the best treats to eat: real food grown in nature, such as fresh vegetables and fruit and pure water. Explore, discover and count carrots, lettuce, herbs, watermelons, tomatoes, beans, strawberries, and enjoy verse about the special contribution from bees, chickens and marine life, in this rich and colourful adventure story for young children.
Max’s Bright Fly is a colourful large print book that is sure to impress your family. Not only with its brightly illustrated characters and farm setting, but with its messages of finding love in your heart, spreading kindness, and making wishes for your own life and watching your own magic unfold. This is the law of attraction for kids in an easy, readable, and enjoyable format. Spread the word that children are capable of living empowered lives with this friendly cartoon book.
High Street, Bowraville New South Wales 2449, Australia
Please visit SoulSpace Retail Store on High Street, Bowraville, for a beautiful selection of creative, earth-conscious products. For enquiries on book stock availability, special orders, book-signings or media kits, please call Joanna on 0455440511
09:00 am – 05:00 pm
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