Samantha Wheeler Gives Us Her Top 10 Books Growing Up


Children's author and artist at this year's Word Play program, Samantha Wheeler gives us her ten favourite books growing up.

Samantha Wheeler was born in London and moved to Africa when she was five. She began writing in 2006 and signed with UQP to publish her first book in 2012. Her children's books focus on animals and wildlife conservation inspired by her love of animals as a child. Samantha now lives in Brisbane, Queensland with her family and escapes to the countryside to visit her horse, Oscar, whenever she can.

Samantha will be running four events at Word Play 2018 in which she shares the real-life inspirations behind her much-loved animal books, and shows how you can use your own experiences as inspiration for exciting stories.

Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson

Survive the Savage Sea by Dougal Robertson

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

Endurance by Alfred Lansing

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell

My Family and Other Animals by Gerald Durell

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

My Naughty Little Sister by Dorothy Edwards

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

Black Beauty by Anna Sewell

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe by C.S Lewis

Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews

Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews

Absolutely anything by Agatha Christie

Absolutely anything by Agatha Christie

The Famous Five by Enid Blyton

The Famous Five by Enid Blyton