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Kathryn Apel is an Aussie children’s author who writes too much. She paints pictures with words, because much as she’d love to, Kat can’t draw. Kat’s goal is to find the perfect word for every situation. Sometimes that’s a lot harder than you think!

Click the tabs above to find out more about The Kat’s Whiskers and her words. Read about  Kat’s Books, with links to reviews & activities.  Check out Kat’s Blog about life and writing – with emphasis on picture books & poetry. Under the Kid’s Stuff tab you’ll find activities to download for home & classroom use. Or you can Buy Books.

Kathryn’s younger reader verse novel ‘Too Many Friends’ will be released in 2017 with UQP.

Information and images on this website are copyright Kathryn Apel.

Ode to a Toothpick

Thanks to Michelle Heidenrich Barnes and Helen Frost, today I am writing an ode to an ordinary object I know … too well. The poem is in response to Today’s Little Ditty’s monthly challenge, where Helen encouraged us to; Choose an object (a seashell, a hairbrush, a bird nest, a rolling pin). Write five lines about the … Continue reading

Announcing the Winner – and Sharing the Cinquains

Today is the day to announce… the winner of the signed copy of ‘Bully on the Bus’. Entrants had to write a didactic cinquain on the topic of bullying. There were some fabulous entries. (I confess, I wondered why I ever had this great idea to hold a competition, because picking one winner is always so … Continue reading

Revising Sonnets

Sharing my tumultuous relationship with sonnets.

Sonnet! Away you evil, vile thing!
Your syncopated rhythm drives me NUTS
so go! No ifs or maybes and no buts… Continue reading

Cover Reveal: Too Many Friends

I’m excited-much to share the cover of my upcoming younger reader verse novel with you. It’s less than two months ’til it releases – and I know that time will fly! Jo Hunt has designed my three verse novel covers. I don’t know how she does it, because each vibrant cover captures the essence of … Continue reading

Competition: Bullying. No Way!

On 17th March it’s Bullying. No Way! Day. To help spread the message that bullying is never okay, I am giving away a signed copy of ‘Bully on the Bus’. For your chance to win, write a didactic cinquain that fits the theme of bullying. Not sure what a didactic cinquain is? You can read more here. … Continue reading

I Don’t Eat My Friends!

My next verse novel is going to the printers on Monday (Yay!) so I thought I’d share a poem from that in celebration of Poetry Friday and all things wonderful… like friends! I Don’t Eat My Friends! The kids in my class are like a jumbo pack of assorted party lollies – they’re all different, … Continue reading

Like Penguins on a Pebbled Cliff

Those Distant Things Not flying fish, swimming seals, dabbling ducks, or water bugs, not orca fins, boulders, pebbles, or my imagination, but penguins; porpoising, paddling, plunging, posturing, primping, plumping penguins! Those grey boulders, at the feet of the penguins (top left) are not boulders, but bubbas. To read more poetry this simmering summer day, pop … Continue reading