Kylie Covark

Kylie Covark with her three children.
Me and my loves!

Kylie Covark
Kylie Covark is an Adelaide-based writer, poet, and educator. Kylie believes passionately in the power of stories for young people and loves sharing stories with kids in schools and preschools.

Kylie’s debut picture book ‘Float or Sink’, illustrated by Andrew Plant, was published by Ford Street in 2021.

Her second book ‘Tilly’s First Day Twist’ (illustrated by Robin Tatlow-Lord and published by Little Book Press) is now available from Little Book Press

Her third book is ‘Frankie Stein’, which will be illustrated by Shane McG and published by Ford Street.

Kylie was an inaugural recipient of a mentorship through Raising Literacy Australia’s Emerging Author and Illustrator Mentoring Project (2019-2020) and has received various awards for her writing, including first prize in both the CYA Conference Picture Book Competition and the Writers Unleashed Picture Book Writing Competition.

When she is not in her writing cave, Kylie can be found teaching at the Adelaide Law School, staring longingly at travel brochures, or chasing after her three marvellous children. 

Float or Sink?

Cover of Float or Sink? by Kylie Covark and Andrew Plant
‘Float or Sink?’ by Kylie Covark and Andrew Plant

‘Float or Sink?’
Written by Kylie Covark. Illustrated by Andrew Plant. Published by Ford Street Publishing.
What happens if a ladybug lands on a stick in a creek?
What about a flea or a fly?
A gnat or a slug?
Or… a greedy duck?
What do you think? Float or sink?

‘Tilly’s First Day Twist’ by Kylie Covark and Robin Tatlow-Lord

Tilly is super excited about her first day at school, until her tummy goes into a twist.
Perhaps the superpowers that Mum gives her will help. But can Tilly make them work?

This story is the prefect to use when starting school. Tilly’s journey will enable families to have helpful conversations about the feelings of having a new experience or beginning something new. Kylie Covark’s text makes for a familiar and relatable journey while the depth of Robin Tatlow-Lords’ illustrations provide much to explore and talk about.

The creation of Tilly’s First Day Twist was made possible by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation funding Raising Literacy Australia’s Emerging Author and Illustrator Mentoring Project.

Order now from: Little Book Press

Professional Associations

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • The Children’s Book Council of Australia – SA Branch
  • Australian Society of Authors
  • Child pulls a red wagon full of books
    Books: the ultimate portable entertainment


    Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by and visit!


I acknowledge and pay my respect to the Kaurna people, the traditional custodians on whose ancestral lands I live and work. I acknowledge the deep feelings of attachment and relationship of the Kaurna people to country and I respect and value their past, present and ongoing connection to the land and cultural beliefs.

7 thoughts on “Kylie Covark

  1. Hi – I just wanted to say I absolutely love your poetry corner – now I’m a mum to two small people I can relate completely!

  2. I too just stumbled across your poetry corner… most of them brought a tear to my eye… they remind me so much of my life with my toddler boy and baby girl… beautiful chaos! What a beautiful way with words you have. Thank you for sharing.

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