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About Us

Funkybooks is a boutique Australian publisher of unique musical picture books, written and performed by Chris Collin. Chris’ books are designed with one thing in mind – to encourage kids and adults to read for the joy of reading!

Our books are utterly unique in the world of children’s picture book publishing. All of our books come with an incredible digital package of the narrated story to a full orchestral backing score plus a song, all performed by the author. This professionally-produced musical package comes as a FREE download with the book as audio (mp3) and audio-visual (mp4). There are a few reasons we go to this amount of effort to produce digital versions of our books. The main reason is inclusion; we want our books to cater for all people, no matter their needs and abilities. By creating audio and audio-visual digital versions of our books, we know people (kids and adults) with visibility challenges, can still access quality books through the beautiful music. Vice versa, people with hearing difficulties accessing the audio-visual media, can still enjoy the beautiful illustrations and read along. They are also just great fun! Here’s an example using the Funky Chicken Song from Chris’ first book Funky Chicken A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks – enjoy!

Funkybooks has published five beautiful musical picture books, including Funky Chicken A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks, A Bug Called Doug, Funky Chicken Chooks in Space (Winner – 2016 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year), Funky Chicken Mission InCROCible, and our latest  (and stinkiest) environmentally-themed book, The Things You Can Do with Blue Whale Poo!

LATEST NEWS!

  • Chris’ latest book The Things you can do with Blue Whale Poo, has just been included in the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge book list.
  • Funky Chicken is flying to Turkey! All 3 Funky Chicken books are to be published in Turkey! This is the second country outside of Australia where we have licensed our books, after A Bug Called Doug and all 3 of our Funky Chicken books were published as eBooks in China in 2018. What a great honour it is for our beautiful books to find a home in other countries. We know our joyful little Funky Chicken will bring smiles to many children’s faces in Turkey!

AUTHOR VISITS

Chris performs over 100 fun-filled author visits throughout Australia and around the world every year. Chris is a great believer in play-based learning for all ages. His shows and workshops are adapted to suit any age, as an incursion or an AWESOME Live Virtual Visit! Click on the pic below to check out our 1.5 minute video snapshot of Chris’ fun and funky Author Visits!

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Our Funky Team

Funkybooks is made up of a small team of the funkiest people ever!

Chris Collin: Author, Managing Director

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Chris is a full time author and publisher of whacky, rhyming, Australian children’s books.  He is also a presenter, bringing his funky author visits to festivals, schools, early learning centres, libraries and community events all over Australia. He even performs live virtual author visits to schools all around the world. There are no limits when it comes to fun and funkiness!

His aim is to bring laughter, joy (and general funkiness) into children’s lives whoever and wherever they are!

Chris has published three best selling titles to date – Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks, A Bug Called Doug and his latest release Funky Chicken: Chooks in Space


Megan Kitchin: Illustrator

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Megan has always loved illustrating. She completed a Bachelor of Graphic Design and then went on to travel and nanny overseas.When she returned she decided she really enjoyed working with children so went on to become a teacher. This was a great decision as it has enabled her to combine the two things she loves most… drawing and children.

So far she has worked as an art teacher and is currently applying her creativeness teaching primary school level.

Megan has worked with Chris on all three of his books. Her uncanny ability to bring Chris’ quirky characters to life is a testimony to the abilities of this extraordinary illustrator!


Adrian Hannan: CD producer

Adrian Hannan

Adrian Hannan is an internationally-renowned Australian music producer who has written, engineered, produced, mixed and arranged tracks for many of Australia’s leading artists, international television programs and film.

Through his record label The SongStore, he has written and/or produced tracks for artists such as Gabriella Cilmi, Vanessa Amorosi, Lee Harding, Taxiride and Delta Goodrem, to name but a few.

Adrian composed, performed, produced, mixed and mastered the audio CDs which come with all of Chris’ funky books.


Nadia Rabiller: Publicist and Administrator

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Nadia previously worked in the disability industry for over 15 years on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland, Australia. Her skills are immeasurable.

Over these years she has also been actively involved in dozens of community projects and has been a strong voice and advocate within the disabled community and beyond.

She is a lady of great funkiness!

Sam Collin: Musical Accompaniment

Sam Collin

Sam’s thing is music in all forms. A young and aspiring musician, he brings his own style of funkiness to the team.

Sam assisted in the production of the fun and very funky CD which comes complimentary inside each copy of Funky Chicken: A Bushy Tale of Crocs and Chooks.

Sam’s passion is working with disadvantaged children and youth, running his own respite care service.


Monique Lisbon: Webmaster and Graphic Designer

Monique Lisbon

Rumour has it that Monique was born with a computer in her crib! Appreciating the value of high quality, independent creative projects, Monique was thrilled to be given the honour of being part of the Funkybooks Team.

Through her computer and printing support business Mono Unlimited, Monique is responsible for pulling together the words and illustrations of Chris and Megan into book form, organising other details of publication, and designing and maintaining this website.

She also produced the video slideshow on the amazing audio-visual CD’s which are included in Chris’ books.