Children's Book Reviewing Team

Buzz Words’ reviewers are active members of the children’s book community. They are all volunteers and may be writers, illustrators, teachers, librarians or parents. Above all, they share a love of children's and young adult books. Meet the Buzz Words’ reviewing team.

Dianne (Di) Bates

Founding editor of Buzz Words (2006) and author of many books for children, Dianne (Di) Bates makes a living from full-time writing. Some of Di’s books have sold overseas in translation; others have won state and national literary awards, including two children’s book choice awards. Di is an avid reader and over the years has reviewed many books for a wide variety of literary magazines. She has two blogs, Writing for Children  and Australian Children’s Poetry  

Jenny Heslop
Jenny Heslop is an emerging writer of children’s fiction and poetry. When she is not reading, writing or taxiing her children to various activities she can be found creating ballet and gymnastics costumes, immersed in cooking, or walking by the river to unravel (and ravel) a poem or plot twist. 

Wendy Fitzgerald
Wendy Fitzgerald is an author, teacher, wife and mother of two grown up kids. At the moment she is the president of the CBCA Northern Sydney Sub Branch. She loves to be part of activities that bring books and kids together. Her favourite thing is to encourage kids to read and to write their own stories.  

                                                   Jacque Duffy
Jacque Duffy is the author and illustrator of picture book The Bear Said Please and the series ‘That’s not a …” learn to read books used in all Queensland State Primary Schools and one local history coffee table book. She lives in the far northern Queensland tropics with her two teenage sons, one cat, one dog, two one-eyed horses, and the wildlife that thinks her home is theirs too.

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