Renee is passionate about writing children's books that promote life-long learning, social inclusion and improve self-esteem. She has always loved working with children, so writing for children has been a natural progression from her work as a teacher and educational freelance writer. Her diverse background in education extends to teaching primary school aged children, young adults, and children with special needs. Renee was awarded the Young Achiever of the Year Award by TAFE Queensland for her work as a dynamic, student focused teacher who is highly respected for her skills, intellect and dedication. Renee was also inducted into the International Golden Key Honour Society while studying for her Bachelor of Education (Special Education) where she graduated with a Distinction. Renee lives on the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland with her husband and three children. When she is not writing, you can find Renee spending time with her family, running around on the Oztag field, climbing Emu Mountain, swimming, or sipping on a green tea! More information about Renee is available at reneeirvinglee.com Goce is an artist/illustrator from Skopje, Macedonia, with significant experience in contemporary, traditional, and digital art forms. He graduated at the Faculty of Fine Arts and has held 13 solo exhibitions, and participated in many group exhibitions in Macedonia, Germany, Austria, Iceland, Turkey, and Bulgaria. He has won many awards for oil painting, watercolour and photography from numerous institutions and countries. Goce was the painting animator for the world's first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent.
"This delightful picture book explores the notion of how to be a strong boy. Rather than just using physical strength that often hurts others sometimes accidentally, Max learns better ways of being strong using his mind and his words. This is such an important message to share with all young children." - Maggie Dent, parenting author, educator and resilience specialist
"What does 'strong' really mean in a world of faster, bigger, brighter ? This book explains to young people in a simple language what 'the other strong' means and how it can positively affect people around us. "The Strongest Boy" can be a first step into clean masculinity". - Gerold Mayr, Mankind Project QLD
"What a beautiful story to help children be the best they can be and make great choices with their friends. Max's story shows children how small changes can make a huge difference." - Dr Samantha Hornery, Learning Links Education Manager