The University of Queensland
Country of Focus Partner
Korean Cultural Centre
I think about and draw things that are rarely seen around us. My hope is that not only children but also more adults can enjoy picture books together. My first book, Pool, was a New York Times Notable Children's Book of the Year, an NPR Best Book of the Year, and won the Society of Illustrators Gold Medal for Original Art.
Genevieve Kruyssen is a children's book specialist. She has been a bookseller and the events manager at Where the Wild Things Are Children's Bookshop for 8 years. Genevieve loves working with authors and illustrators to create inspiring launches and events. Her main aim is to delight in stories with kids. She runs book clubs for kids and teenagers, where they read curious new releases that often end up being adventurous and lyrical. She is a confident speaker, having interviewed some of her heroes for online and in-person launches including Neal Shusterman, Kate DiCamillo, Emily Gravett and Levi Pinfold. In 2021 she won ABA Penguin Random House Young Bookseller of the Year. In 2022 she judged the Qld Literaray Awards Children's Book Award and the Penguin Literary Award.