Primary School Author Writes Another Book


Hudson in a Hat Book Cover
Being an author of one book is an achievement, but to have two books under your belt by the age of 11 is an amazing feat!  

Lilyana Napper King's Pimpama Year 5 student, Lilyana Napper, has written her second book entitled, "Hudson in a Hat is a Scaredy Cat".  Her first book "Scarlett Sloth is NOT the best" was about being happy with who you are and was written during the COVID lockdown in 2020. 

Lilyana has a passion for writing and loves teaching other children about how the brain functions, why you feel the way you do, and what you can do to help.   

Her latest book is being illustrated by Jasmine Richardson from HOTA who, according to Lilyana, "makes my characters look adorable and come alive." 

"I love writing picture books and teaching other kids lessons that I think are important but also making my books fun through rhyming," said Lilyana.

Not one for sitting still, Lilyana took an online course in neuroscience during last year's lockdown, to learn how the brain controls fear. 

"I read about a lady who couldn’t feel fear and I was amazed at how important it is to feel scared. I wanted to write a book that would help other kids understand why they feel scared, why it is important to feel scared and how they can help calm their brains down if they don’t need to feel scared," she said. "It was tricky to turn the things I’d learned into something younger kids could understand but I love learning about the brain and so that part was fun."

An art installation based around Lilyana's book is being constructed at the new HOTA Gallery (Studio 2), as part of the Kids Take Over Fest in September. It is entitled The Curious Brain.  The gallery is inviting families to visit the installation, read the book and learn about the brain in a fun way. The Curious Brain runs at HOTA from 27-29 September, 10 am to 2 pm.

Even the Psychology department at Griffith University has taken an interest in Lilyana's book. Since corresponding with the university, Lilyana has been invited by Griffith University to meet their psychology department and to chat with their students.  

"Life is so exciting!" said Lilyana. We look forward to seeing what she writes next.

"At King’s Christian College we have had several teaching staff write and publish books over the years. We are very proud of Lilyana Napper becoming a child book author and look forward to having her books in all our campus libraries. Allowing children to experience the enjoyment and success of writing will further develop their writing in the future. Congratulations Lilyana."