Students at Flinders Launch New Children’s Book on the Sunshine Coast

NOTE: This media release is written by Year 3 students at Flinders. 

World famous Australian author Danny Parker will launch his new children’s book, Shine, with the help of Year 3 students at Matthew Flinders Anglican College on the Sunshine Coast.

The event is open to the public and will be held at the College in the new Years 5 and 6 Precinct on Monday, 15 March from 4:00pm to 5:00pm.

Shine is Mr Parker’s 12th children’s book, inspired by his daughter and written as a love song between parent and child.

Mr Parker is also Head of Creative Arts and author-in-residence at the College. He can’t wait for the Year 3 students at Flinders to get his book out to the community.

The students are in charge of co-ordinating the entire book launch, including marketing, advertising, poster illustration, promotion, catering, entertainment and budgeting.

Year 3 student, Sienna, age eight, said it was exciting that Mr Parker chose her class for his first public book reading of his new book.

“It is also fun for us as students to be organising the book launch for Mr Parker, which is usually a job that adults do.”

Mr Parker said he had been writing books for seven years.

“I’m super excited to launch my new book, Shine, at Flinders,” Mr Parker said.

Shine is about golden moments and wonderful things, and Flinders is about all of these things too.”

Head of Primary, Mrs Trudi Edwards said the College was fortunate to have an author in residence to inspire students to love books and build literacy skills.

“It’s also wonderful that our students have the opportunity to create this book launch as a real-world learning experience through our i-Impact curriculum. The aim is to encourage design thinking and entrepreneurship.”

To book your free ticket to the book launch of Shine on Monday, 15 March at Flinders, please email

Year 3 students at Flinders were responsible for writing the media release to promote the book launch for 'Shine'. From left, writers Jesse, Gurmantar, Jack, Holly and Sienna

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