Bernadette Kelly
Australian Children's Book Author

Hey There! Thanks for dropping in. I'm the author of the Riding High children’s book series and the Pony Patch children’s book series, and many other middle grade fiction novels, junior chapter books and non fiction information books. You might find my books in your school library or classroom.

I've written books about a wide range of subjects and themes. I am a fellow of The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, and have been a YABBA (Young Australians Best Book Awards) council member. School visits and visits to community groups are a great way for me to meet you, and talk to you about how much fun it can be to read and write stories. If you are from a school, writer's group or community group and would like to talk about a workshop or author talk please feel free to send me an email.


New Books Brewing

SShhh! Still secret...

Ever had great news but you can't share because it's still a secret? That's me right now. I'm jumping with excitement but I can't talk about it. When I finally can, I promise you'll be the first to know!

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Series Books

Are you having trouble finding the Pony Patch books? They are getting scarce in bookshops but while my stocks last, you can buy all titles directly from me. I also have a limited number of the Riding High titles still available.

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"I love this naughty pony so much!- Pony Patch Series- Elyce, Gold Coast, Australia.

"I love your Ridgeview Riding Club books. A lot!- Ridgeview Riding Club Series - Meggan, Minnesota, USA.

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"I find that the books are not only inspiring her to read but are helping her set up goals and expand her dreams as well. - Ridgeview Riding Club Series - Victoria, BC, Canada.

"I believe Naughty Norton and the Pony Patch series will be one my daughter's most treasured childhood memories. So thank you! - Pony Patch Series - Clare, Gold Coast, Australia.

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School Visits

"I thought that Bernadette Kelly was very inspirational. – Ben

She was very nice and explained things very well. I learnt that if you want to be a writer never give up and practise a lot. – Ishi

I thought that she was very good. She taught us how to do our story outline and she gave us a few problem ideas. I mixed two of the ideas. I am thinking of being a writer when I grow up. – Chelsea

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