Anna Dollard has worked in publishing and the arts for over 20 years and before joining Kids’ Own Publishing was closely involved in the establishment of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program in schools around Australia. Anna is Co-Director at Kids’ Own Publishing and has worked on over 50 community publishing projects in six years – bringing together artists, designers, booklovers and communities of readers who’ve said “Let’s make a book!” Anna is a Community Fellow at the Melbourne Social Equity Institute at The University of Melbourne.
Margaret Robson Kett’s first career was as a children’s librarian in metropolitan and regional libraries in Victoria, Western Australia and the United States. In 2011 she brokered a partnership with Kids’ Own Publishing for State Library of Western Australia’s Better Beginnings Family Literacy Program which created eight books in communities and acquired three Book Cubbies to tour the state. Margaret has worked with Kids’ Own for the past five years, as well as editing, writing and reviewing.
Dr Mary Tomsic is a Post Doctoral Research Associate on an Australian Research Council Laureate Fellowship on the history of child refugees and Australian internationalism at The University of Melbourne. Her current research is on visual representations of child refugees. Her book Beyond the Silver Screen: A History of Women, Filmmaking and Film Culture in Australia 1920-1990 (MUP) was published in 2017 and she has recently published work in History Australia, The Journal of Family History and online in the Overland blog and Pursuit. She has been a co-convenor of the Australia Women’s History Network and the Melbourne Feminist History Group.
Dollard, Robson Kett and Tomsic describe a collaborative project between Kids’ Own publishing, HTAV and the University of Melbourne that seeks to support the use of the book Donkeys can’t fly on planes through the creation of teaching resources.