Jody Cauduro is an Australian Children’s Book author who was born in Wollongong, NSW. She has spent most of her life in this beautiful area of Australia, completing her schooling and a Bachelor of Education Degree at the local University.

Her interest in reading began from her parents, Ann and Harold. Bedtime stories and reading material everywhere in the house, this set her on a path of a lifelong interest in words and learning. Some inspiring Children’s Literature lecturers at Uni helped reinforce an aim of writing later in life… so here she is – with grown-up children, time to put those aims into action.

Having worked in Early Childhood Education and Primary schools since 1988, Jody continues to enjoy sharing books with children and adults as part of her teaching. Now tutoring at Uni herself, she doesn’t pass up an opportunity to enthuse her students with children’s books of all kinds.

Her first self-published book was, The Blue Thief (2013). Jody heard William Webster from Inspiring Publishers, Canberra, talk at the local Writer’s Centre and soon afterwards enlisted his expertise in publishing her story. This story came from a fascination with a bowerbird’s antics during walks around the hills near her home. The Rainbow Mystery Series (TRMS) was born.

While Mandy Waited ( 2016 ) was the second book in TRMS. This story was inspired by her Italian father-in-law’s amazing backyard fruit trees, so, in this story, Mandy receives a birthday present from her Italian grandfather. The catch is, she has to watch, wait and care for this new arrival before discovering the orange surprise it will produce. Along with Mandy, children can learn about the relationship between seasons and growth as well as the important role native and honey bees play in supporting the creation of our fresh food.

Stay tuned for five more books in the Rainbow Mystery Series.

The third book Jody has written is a break from TRMS and is published with Custom Books, Hong Kong. The beautiful illustrations provided by Charlotte Shama bring to life a memory Jody had involving her children. Watching…Wondering (2018) is written with the ages 2 – 5 years in mind. The main aim, however, is for it to be shared in regular cosy reading sessions between adults and children of any age. The story focuses on Ben, who has recently spent time indoors due to illness, but is now delighted to be outside, watching and wondering about the world around him. This is a story celebrating the power of the imagination. An added bonus with this story, is that the readers can add their own creative input by illustrating the blank pages at the back of the book.

Jody is available for workshops in schools, libraries and literacy events. She is a member of the Illawarra South Coast Children’s Book Club Association. Here are some photos from some workshops Jody has been involved in.