Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Australian Christian Schools Library Network

Jacob lives on the Central Coast of NSW with his wife and four children. He is a member of EV Church and loves teaching Science. Since 2015 he has been a prolific YouTuber with his Channel ‘Make Science Fun’. His fun science styled videos have more than 15 million views on YouTube and over 300 million views on Facebook. Although not known for his literary skills, he was happy to write a children’s Science book when approached by New Holland Publishers after they spotted him on the Channel 9 Today Show. Jacob loves presenting to live audiences and is excited to be presenting at the Australian Christian Schools Library Network Conference.

Joy Lawn

Joy Lawn is a current judge of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, IBBY (Australia) Honour Books and Queensland Literary Awards. She has recently chaired the Patricia Wrightson (children’s literature) judging panel of the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards and judged the NSW PLA Book of the Year andChildren’s Book Council of Australia Older Readers category.

Joy writes the young adult literature column for The Weekend Australian and her reviews and interviews have also appeared in Australian Book Review, SMH/The Age, Magpies magazine, ALEA publications and Books+Publishing. She writes teacher notes for Reading Australia (ALEA) and other professional organisations. Joy has taught a children’s/YA literature course at the University of Southern Queensland and been a literature consultant for independent bookstores.

Formerly a teacher, Joy is an experienced presenter at state, national and international conferences advising teachers, librarians and academics on literature. She blogs about children’s and young adult literature and literary fiction at and some of her favourite times of the year are spent chairing sessions at the Sydney and Brisbane Writers’ Festivals. She has an MA in Children’s Literature and Literacy.

Fascinated by ideas and images and how authors and illustrators express these with truth and originality, Joy’s vision is to see quality CYA literature further recognised in the wider community.

Her ideas and reviews about the CBCA shortlist and other books are at


June Wall is the Library Coordinator at the NSW Department of Education and an Adjunct Lecturer, School of Information Studies, Charles Sturt University. She was previously an independent Consultant, eLearning and Libraries and a Teacher Quality Consultant for the Association of Independent Schools, NSW. She has been a teacher and teacher librarian at primary and secondary levels, a lecturer, a professional development and education consultant, Head of Department, special librarian and computer coordinator in the government and non-government sectors for over 35 years.

Naomi Reed is one of Australia’s best-selling authors in the Christian market. Her nine popular books, including ‘My Seventh Monsoon’ and ‘No Ordinary View’ (winner of the Australian Christian Book of the Year, 2008) have sold over 50,000 copies. Naomi is passionate about putting the message of the gospel into fresh and engaging words that encourage people in their walk with Jesus. As well as expressing this through her writing, Naomi is a gifted speaker and storyteller. She regularly performs Biblical narratives and Gospel allegories at churches, schools and conferences. Find out more about ‘The Zookeeper’ and ‘The Conductor’ on Naomi’s website or Facebook page www.NaomiReed.Info In 2011, Naomi completed a Graduate Certificate of Divinity at SMBC. Prior to that, she served in Nepal for six years, through INF, as a physiotherapist, alongside her husband Darren and their three sons.  The family currently live in the lower Blue Mountains, where they love their local church, and continue to connect with their friends from Nepal.

Paul Macdonald

Paul is the owner of the Children’s Bookshop in Beecroft. Paul has a Master of Education, working almost 20 years as a teacher of Upper Primary and Secondary. He has won numerous awards in teaching such as a Quality Teacher Award in 2002, The Premier’s English Scholarship in 2004 and awards for his co-ordination of Regional Shakespearean Festivals. His interests include the development of literacy with a particular interest in reading for gifted children, Boys’ Literacy and books for adolescents.

In 2012 Paul was awarded the School Library Association of NSW's  Maurice Saxby Award for his commitment to and  contribution to children's literature. In 2016, Paul received the Lady Cutler Award for his passionate commitment to children's literature.

Pauline Fitzgerald is the Senior Education Officer in Learning Services at the State Library of New South Wales. The focus of Ms Fitzgerald’s work is the design and development of engaging learning experiences for children and young people. Pauline is an experienced teacher and has worked at the Library for ten years, contributing to the development of a vibrant learning community for students, teachers and families. Pauline is a passionate educator with a particular interest in facilitating the inclusion of student voice into cultural organisations. 

Rod has been married to Rosanne for some 42 years. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Rod has taught in both government and Christian high schools. In 2003 he completed a PhD at Macquarie University exploring the foundational impact of the Bible on Christian schooling in Australia. Rod served as the National Principal/CEO of Laidlaw College in Auckland, New Zealand from 2010-2015. In 2016 Rod and Rosanne returned to Sydney to be closer again to family. Rod is now a minister in the pastoral team of Springwood Presbyterian Churches in Sydney’s Blue Mountains, as well as working with Christian Educational National (CEN) as the Coordinator of Biblical Foundations and Principal of the National Institute for Christian Education (NICE).