Evie is all Ears introduces the story of Evie, the Bilby. Evie is deaf, but one day a way comes along for her to be “all ears” – will she be able to accept help to hear again?
Following the story of a Bilby is a gentle, sensitive way to explain deafness, and its isolating effects, to young children. Explore this topic in comfort with this beautifully illustrated book set in the Australian landscape.
Kellie Byrnes is a children’s author, presenter, mentor, book reviewer, kidlit blogger, and full-time freelance writer with a BA degree in Literature. Kellie's first picture book, Cloud Conductor, came out in 2018, followed by Yes! No, Evie Is All Ears and This is NOT a Book. As an emerging Australian author, Kellie was chosen as an Artist in Residence at The Crows Nest, Queensland, for four months in 2019, thanks to the Sunshine Coast Council. She has also received three separate Regional Arts Development Funding grants from the Sunshine Coast Council to date to help her develop her writing career. Kellie was chosen as a mentee in the 2018 Writing with the Stars picture-book mentorship program in the United States, and as a mentee in the inaugural FicFest writing mentorship program in the United States in 2016. Plus, she has been a judge for two years in a row for the Pitch It writer's competition run by Just Write for Kids Australia, and she reviews and blogs about kidlit monthly. Kellie also mentors and provides critiques and marketing services for new authors. Kellie has presented at numerous literary events and bookshops, schools, and early learning centres, and enjoys encouraging children and adults to be creative and to develop their strengths as writers. She has completed a wide variety of writing workshops and courses and attended literary events across Australia and internationally. She is a member of multiple writing groups and an active part of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). Kellie has been a full-time writer for over seven years, creating content, including children’s stories, for a variety of clients globally. She has written articles, blogs, website content, newsletters, e-books and more for companies such as MYOB, Intuit, Fiji Airways, Skyscanner, Spirit of Tasmania, St. George Bank, Mortgage Choice, Optus, Sheridan, and Bridgestone. She also has experience working in the publishing industry in Australia, in both editorial and sales roles (for Pan Macmillan Australia and Hardie Grant Gift). Plus, she has worked in multiple bookshops during her career. Kellie’s love of books, stories, writing, and creativity started from an early age. Today, apart from spending time with her beloved dogs and hanging out with her friends and family or planning her next travel adventure, most of Kellie’s time is spent following these literary passions.
Lesley McGee is a Melbourne artist, designer and photographer who lives in the foothills of the Dandenong Ranges. As an aspiring picture book illustrator, Lesley’s publishing foray began with her own manuscript and illustration project, featuring Milly and a cast of magical creatures. An ongoing project, she hopes to self-publish Milly’s adventures in the near future. Lesley’s early creative art featured landscape oils and gouache caricatures. Her passion for experimentation has led to use of vibrant pencil, pastel and inks. Texture, light and detail are a dominant feature of her work. She is drawn to the work and styles of Norman Rockwell, Robert Ingpen, Graeme Base and Frida Kahlo, and utilizes her extensive travel experiences for inspiration. In 2018, Lesley was commissioned to illustrate Evie is all Ears, – her first manuscript. This was in conjunction with author Kellie Byrnes and Little Pink Dog Books.