In the news….

*Monthly updates are also available on the blog*

May – June 2020

Sending love during this very challenging time.

April 2020

Have you met Zoe & Zac? We are absolutely smitten with the first book in the Puffin Books Aussie Kids series by one of our favourite authors @belinda_murrell with gorgeous illustrations from David Hardy 🧡 We are looking forward to reading the rest of the books in this series & I can’t wait to introduce you all to Matilda from Canberra very soon 💜#aussiekids #penguinbooksaus #deroseahernstories #zoo #dubbo #canberra #childrensbooks #dreamsdocometrue #australia

Look what just arrived from #newyork Honoured to win an International Book Excellence Award. Love seeing the Charlie’s Adventures… books connecting children around the world. So, so grateful 💕 📚🌏

March 2020

Magical moment 🌟 Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa has won an international award! To be recognised along side authors who have been featured in Forbes, the New York Times, Huffington Post & Wall Street Journal is mind blowing!  I’m beyond grateful ❤️

February 2020

Looking forward to Goulburn BookFest 2020! It has been an absolute honour to be one of the mentor’s in the Mighty Playwrights program. Can’t wait to share the amazing short plays our talented students have created 🌟

I’m so excited to be part of a very special new series of books entitled Aussie Kids! It has been a dream come true to work with the incredible team at Penguin Kids Australia & the fabulous Tania McCartney. A huge thank you to Tania for her gorgeous illustrations & Puffin Books for bringing Matilda to life 💗

A massive dream come true!

Can’t wait to share more with you all over the coming months 🌟🐧

Had a lovely time at our first Story Creators Community event for 2020! We shared our creative goals & reflected on our creative experiences so far. If you missed the event I have put together a free printable to help guide you in setting some goals for the year. Visit the free goodies page💫📝📒

January 2020

It’s time to take a break. We’ve all had a challenging start to this year with the horrific bushfires. Our thoughts are with all those who have been affected. We send love to our dear friends.

December 2019

Merry Christmas from the Story Creators Community 🎄 Today we made some exciting plans for 2020. Stay tuned to learn how we can help you in reaching your creative goals 🌟

A snazzy night at the @actwriters Publishing Awards 🌟 Congratulations to all the winners & those who entered. It was an honour to be a judge this year.

All set for a day of mentoring. Love being able to give back & share my knowledge with others – especially during the Christmas season. I hope those I meet today are inspired to follow their dreams🌟

November 2019

Had a fabulous evening hearing from ‘multi-passionate entrepreneur’ @marieforleo. Thank you to @businesschicks for hosting such an inspiring event & Kerry Malone for sharing the evening with me 💫

Had a wonderful time getting to know some lovely aspiring creatives at our last Story Creators Community event for the year! Can’t wait for all we have planned for 2020 ⭐️ A huge thank you to the fabulous Story Creators Community team! 💫

October 2019

I’m so humbled to be included in the Indigo Bay Inspiring Women series 💫

Full interview can be found on…/inspiring-women-jacqueline-de-ro… 🌟

We had a lovely time at Tuggeranong library.

Thank you to those who came along. We really hope you found the session useful.

Our next Story Creators Community event in Canberra will be at the Woden library. Details can be found on the Story Creators Community website. 💫

Woohoo! We are embarking on another adventure! 💫 I am so excited to share with you a little project I have been working on with some fabulous creators. If you are an aspiring creative please have a look at our new page – Story Creators Community – and hopefully we can help you bring your dreams to fruition. 🌟

September 2019

Delighted & oh so grateful to be able to share my favourite things in this week’s edition of Canberra Weekly 💕🌟

Story Creators Community – Another lovely author talk over the weekend at our first Story Creators Community event. Thrilled to be able to support our community by assisting creatives to pursue their dreams. Beyond grateful to see a vision I had many months/years ago come to fruition. Thank you to Kerry Malone and Sandra Bennett for joining me on this journey. Thank you to Libraries ACT for hosting us over the next months.

Such a fabulous night talking children’s books & sharing my journey 💫 Thank you to the lovely group of creatives who came along. I hope you all enjoyed the workshop. Thank you to Libraries ACT for hosting me and the ACT Writers Centre for the opportunity.

August 2019

Mahalo to those who came along to Sunday Funday at the Canberra Writers Festival I had so much fun sharing stories & dancing with you all. It was a lekker afternoon at the National Library of Australia.

A huge thank you to Canberra Weekly for featuring me in this week’s edition

Love your Bookshop Day – Thank you to Harry Hartog Woden for inviting me to be part of a very special Love Your Bookshop Day local author event.

July 2019

Magic 💫 Woke up to some wonderful news! Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa has been shortlisted for the 2019 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. It’s a true honour to make this incredible list. 🎈

June 2019

First breakfast meeting since our little man’s arrival 👶So excited for what’s to come! 💫

May 2019

The most magical moment  I am beyond grateful to be working with the incredible team at Penguin Kids Australia on an upcoming title! Dreams really do come true! 💫

April 2019

Waiting for the arrival of baby #2. Time to rest! This is where you will find me for the next little while.

Thrilled to be part of a very special series of workshops at the National Museum of Australia.

March 2019

Had a wonderful time sharing Charlie’s Adventures…at the Queanbeyan Multicultural Festival. Thank you to the Queanbeyan Library & event organisers for inviting me!

February 2019

Love seeing the Charlie’s Adventures…books being used in classrooms. These books were created to showcase the beauty found in each & every country around the world 🌎 Teachers’ notes are available on the de Rose-Ahern Stories website 📝Thank you to Educate.Empower for this gorgeous photograph & for the support! ♥️

January 2019

This month I participated in a 30 day social media challenge (thanks to a wonderful author, Michelle Worthingon). Highlights from my social media posts can be found below or visit de Rose-Ahern Stories on Facebook and Instagram.

So excited to welcome a New Year! 🥳 A fresh start filled with new adventures to be had 💫 Looking forward to enjoying every minute of this journey, completely & wholeheartedly. Wishing you all a fabulous 2019. The best is yet to come! 💜

What are you reading? 📖 One of my favourite things to do in the morning, whilst the rest of my family is nestled in bed sleeping, is to read a good book ☀️ It’s a moment of stillness to rejuvenate & nourish my mind before I go about my day. I was lucky to receive some wonderful books this Christmas, time to settle in & peruse the pages ✨

December 2018

A delightful morning with Kerry Malone at a Christmas book signing event. Thank you Book Passion for having us!

Had the chance to present some Charlie’s Adventures… prizes at a special school assembly to some very creative students!

November 2018

School Fete’s are so much fun! Thank you to the beautiful school community for inviting me to be part of such a fun-filled Fete!

October 2018

Had such a lovely afternoon talking about authenticity & voice with year 9 & 10 students at a special writers retreat. One of my favourite parts of being an author is having the chance to share what I have learned so far & help others. So grateful for this opportunity ✨

September 2018

Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa blog tour!

Share your Story Interview

Book Reviews – Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa

Charlie’s Adventures by Jacqueline De Rose-Ahern and illustrated by Sophie Norsa.

Just Write For Kids – Books On Tour – Blog Tour: Charlie’s Adventures in South Africa by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern and Illustrated by Sophie Norsa

An interview with Charlie

An interview with Readilearn

readilearn: Books on Wednesday — Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa by Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern

Inspired by the world – A reflection article

Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern Inspired by the World

August 2018

Photos from the Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa book launch as part of the Canberra Writers Festival at the National Museum of Australia.

Wear your Wellington boots and come celebrate the launch of Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa at the Canberra Writers Festival.

Mahalo to the lovely team at Native Books/ Na Mea Hawaii for hosting my book signing. If you are in Oahu, visiting this beautiful shop is a must. You may spot Charlie there too! Here are some photos from the event 🌺🌎

A magical day Today I had the opportunity to share Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii with a beautiful audience in Hilo, Hawaii. Mahalo to the lovely team at Basically Books for hosting me & to all those who came & showed me the aloha spirit 🌺💕📚

Beyond grateful to be able to attend the SCBWI conference in Los Angeles! 🛫🌎🌟Such a remarkable experience meeting creators from around the world 🌍 A warm, welcoming and knowledgeable community. This experience has taught me so much! I’m beyond grateful. Here are some photos from our adventures. #la18scbwi

Highlights include sharing Charlie’s Adventures… with authors and illustrators from around the world, including South Africa, and meeting the lovely Alexandra Penfold!

Charlie and I are off on a book tour! We will be traveling to Los Angeles and Hawaii. Follow our adventures on the Facebook page and Instagram.

Thrilled to announce Charlie’s Adventures in South Africa will be launched as part of the Canberra Writers Festival on Saturday 25 August at the National Museum of Australia. Hope to see you there! #cbrwritersfest

July 2018

Had such a lovely evening! Thank you to the Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch for inviting me to speak at the Romancing the stars event. It was so nice to hear the journey of other authors in the Canberra community 🌟

June 2018

NSW Writers Centre Kids & YA Festival

A magical weekend at the New South Wales Writers’ Centre Kids & YA Festival! A delight to meet two very inspiring & generous superstars Jacqueline Harvey & Belinda Murrell. A huge thank you to Belinda for inviting me to share my story as part of the Festival & Writing NSW for hosting this incredible event. Beaming from such a joyous weekend meeting such lovely writers from the NSW community. Thank you to Kerry Malone for joining me on this adventure & Little Steps Publishing for coming along to support me 🌟💫 #KYAFest18

ACT Writers Centre Winter Warmer!

We’ve got the perfect plans for your Friday night at our Winter Warmer! Join us Friday 15 June, for a sneak peek and live recording of ‘The First Time’ podcast with Katherine Collette and Kate Mildenhall, featuring Canberra authors Jack Heath, Karen Viggers and Irma Gold.

Then, settle in for a one-night-only talk from the curator and artists of Canberra Contemporary Art Space’s Obsessive Compulsion exhibitionincluding David Broker in conversation with local artists Jodie Cunningham, Michele England and Ann McMahon.

Of course, the evening’s highlights will also include a wine tasting with winemaker Celine Rousseau from Eden Road Wines, and readings from two of Canberra’s brightest: Rosanna Stevens and Jacqueline de Rose-Ahern.

May 2018

The big reveal! Thrilled to share the cover of Charlie’s Adventures…in South Africa! 🇿🇦 Thank you to the team at Little Steps Publishing & Sophie Norsa for bringing Charlie’s next adventure to life  To preorder a copy visit There is also a special two pack available for those who haven’t yet got a copy of Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii or would like to share the aloha spirit with a friend 🇿🇦🌺

Had a wonderful time at Kidlitvic. Thank you to the incredible team (Alison Reynolds, Coral Vass, Nicky Johnston & Jacquelyn Muller) for organising such a special event. #KidLitVic2018

April 2018

Had a wonderful time at the SCBWI professional development evening! Thank you to the ACT team for inviting me to share my journey. It was such an inspiring evening! Special thanks to Nicole Godwin, Kerry Malone, Very Brambleberry, Tania McCartney, Irma Gold, Grace Bryant, Shaye Wardrop and Cate Whittle!

Creative Kids Tales introduction: Allison Tait

March 2018

Had such a wonderful day at the Goulburn Reader Writer Festival yesterday. Swapping books with the inspiring & generous Hazel Edwards was such a thrill. The little girl inside me who spent many days in the school library reading ‘There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake’ was jumping for joy!

Creative Kids Tales introduction: Tim Harris

February 2018

  • Creative Kids Tales introduction: Claire Saxby

January 2018

  • Creative Kids Tales introduction: Peter Carnavas

December 2017

Dreams come true! Thank you to the ACT Writers Centre & judges

In the incredible company of Tania McCartney and Gina Newton.

  • Creative Kids Tales introduction: Bruce Whatley

November 2017

Awoke to magical news, Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii has been honoured as an Award Finalist in the 2017 Best Book Awards! With over 2,000 entries from around the world, it is astonishing to hear Charlie was chosen as one of the ‘best’. Congratulations to all the Award Winners & Finalists. A huge thank you to American Book Fest for the recognition.🎈

  • Creative Kids Tales introduction: Libby Hathorn

October 2017

When you get to spend the afternoon presenting awards to some very talented children (authors themselves) with the incredible Jackie French…another magical moment! It was so special to be part of the CBCA ACT Branch Make Your Own Story Book Awards event. Thank you to the team! 📚

Mahalo #kidsbookswelove for the lovely review of Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii 🌺🗺🛩…/charlies-adventures-in…

  • Creative Kids Tales introduction: Toby Riddle

September 2017

A wonderful morning sharing some classic stories with a delightful group of children at a special story time event. Thank you Harry Hartog Bookseller for having me. It was so much fun reading Wombat Stew a book that holds lots of memories for me growing up! 🎈📖 🐾 🎶

  • Creative Kids Tales Introduction:Gus Gordon

August 2017

Book Week 2017 ‘Escape to Everywhere’

Had a lovely morning celebrating Book Week 2017 Escape to Everywhere! It was wonderful to meet some amazing & insightful children. Mahalo to Harry Hartog Bookseller & Westfield Woden for including Charlie & I at this very special event

Escape to Everywhere (or to Westfield Woden)! Come along and join in the Book Week festivities from Monday 21 to Friday 25 August. Local authors will be sharing their favourite stories at a very special story time each day. Charlie and I will be bringing the aloha spirit on Tuesday 22 August at 10.30am and 4.00pm. Mahalo to the wonderful Harry Hartog Bookseller for hosting this fabulous event.

Charlie has been featured on the incredible American Book Fest website:

  • Creative Kids Tales Introduction: Margaret Wild

July 2017

Check out the books that have been shortlisted in the Three to 5 Years category for the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards. Good luck to all the authors, illustrators and publishers! Winners will be announced on 2 November. #BofY2017 #communication #slpeeps #slp2b #slt #slt2b #slp #slpbloggers #language #speech #voice #fluency #speechpathology #speechtherapy

Posted by Speech Pathology Australia on Wednesday, October 4, 2017

  • Creative Kids Tales Introduction: Glenda Millard

June 2017

  • Wonderful to be part of this Pages for Changes giveaway, books to raise a global citizen!

Posted by Pages for Changes on Tuesday, May 30, 2017

  • Creative Kids Tales Introduction: Katrina Germein

May 2017

  • A delightful weekend at the Noted Festival. Thank you to the amazing event organisers & those who came along to support the Festival. It was wonderful to be involved in the ‘Words in Space‘ and ‘Story Corner‘ events. More photos available on the de Rose-Ahern Stories Facebook page.

April 2017

March 2017

  • Charlie was spotted in New York! Pages for Changes (one of my favourite sites) featured Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii this month. With the intent to help raise empathetic, worldly children, Pages for Changes is an amazing resource!

February 2017

  • Great photoshoot! Can you spot Charlie’s cameo? Thank you Little Steps Publishing.

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January 2017

  • Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii was featured as one of six books for Kid’s to read over the summer holidays. Thank you to HerCanberra and Elise Adamo.

 December 2016

  • A privilege to be invited to contribute to IT’S THE NOW. A useful and informative platform to inspire and educate those on their entrepreneurial quest.

November 2016

October 2016

September 2016

August 2016

  • It was a privilege to be part of the inaugural Canberra Writers Festival at the stunning National Museum of Australia (“where our stories come alive”). Thank you to those who came along to support Charlie. Mahalo to our beautiful hula dancers. More photos available on the de Rose-Ahern Stories Facebook page.

Book Week 2016

  • Charlie and I will be visiting schools around Canberra for Book Week 2016 Australia, Story Country. Details can be found on the visits  page.
  • Delighted to be part of the Children’s Book Council of Australia ACT Branch Book of the Year Awards celebrations at the National Library of Australia.

June 2016

    • Please join us to celebrate the launch of ‘Charlie’s Adventures…in Hawaii’ in luau style!
      • Date: Saturday 9 July 2016
      • Time: From 11am
      • Venue: Harry Hartog Westfield Woden.
        • Proceeds from book sales on the day will be donated to the Miracle Babies Foundation, Australia’s leading organisation supporting premature and sick newborns, their families and the hospitals that care for them. For those of you who cannot attend the launch event, proceeds from book sales made on the de Rose-Ahern Stories website ( on Sunday 10 July and Monday 11 July will also be donated to the Miracle Babies Foundation. Grab your Hawaiian shirt, lei and ukulele and join Charlie on his first adventure!

  • ‘Charlie gets his big start in Hawaii’ – I recently shared all things Charlie with the wonderful team at Canberra City News. Check out the latest editon to find out more. Thank you to Canberra City News for this opportunity.