Katja Bertazzo is a Danish-Australian writer, who draws on her background as an Early Childhood and Montessori trained teacher, and other life experiences, in her writing. Katja is passionate about picture books, stories and hands -on learning experiences, especially science and art activities. She likes to inspire children to be creative, resilient and kind, and to use their unique gifts.
Originally from Copenhagen, Katja has lived in Europe, North America, and several parts of Australia. She lives in Perth, WA with her family.
A bit more about Katja – the long version
Katja grew up in Copenhagen in a home full of art and books. Since then she has lived on three continents and met many interesting people. She has wandered the cobblestone streets of Europe, seen the giant Redwoods and the Rocky Mountains of North America, and explored the beautiful coastlines and unique nature of Australia. She lives in Perth, WA with her family in a house full of books, plants and scented candles.
When she is not writing, or thinking about writing, you can find her walking on the beach, pottering in the garden, sampling green tea, or playing with colours.
Inspired by nature
Katja has always loved spending time in nature. Much of her childhood was spent in the local park, or walking in the beautiful forests north of Copenhagen. As a child she used to collect shells, rocks and other items from nature. Today she still treasures spending time in nature, and enjoys watching the tiny critters that come to visit her garden.
An early love of books
Raised on a steady diet of stories by H.C. Andersen and Astrid Lindgreen, as well as Grimm’s fairy tales, Katja developed a love of stories from a very young age. She became an avid reader, who spent much of her time in Narnia and Middle-earth, and soon began to write her own poetry and stories.
During her many years as an early childhood educator, and a parent, Katja has shared thousands of stories with young children. She believes in the power of stories and beautiful artwork to transform people’s lives. It is her hope that she will be able to make a positive difference in someone’s life through her own stories.
Katja is currently working on several picture book manuscripts, a creative non-fiction piece, a junior fiction story, and a handful of poems.
Courses and conferences:
Australian Writers’ Centre – ‘Writing Picture Books’ course
Scribbles Creative Writing Course with Jen Storer
Scribbles Master Class 2019 with Jen Storer
Writing Junior Fiction with Jen Storer
KidLitVic 2019, Melbourne
SCBWI West Mainland Event 2019, Perth
Bachelor of Education Early Childhood (0-8 years), Notre Dame University, WA, Australia. 2011
Bachelor of Teaching Early Childhood (0-8 years), University of Western Sydney, NSW, Australia. 2004
AMI Montessori Diploma 3-6 years, Montessori Training Center of Minnesota, St. Paul, U.S.A. 1991
Portraits by Catherine Carvell. All other photos are either free photos from Pixabay, or my own photos.