Kylie Covark

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

Kylie Covark
Kylie Covark is an Adelaide-based writer, poet, and educator. She was raised on a steady diet of books and believes passionately in the power of stories for young people. She shares information about reading with children, and about her writing, on her website
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 also due for release in 2021. 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. The children are, inevitably, also being raised on a steady diet of books. Their mother now takes hers with a generous side of chocolate.
You can also find some of Kylie’s poems at: Australian Children’s Poetry
Awards and Publications
Float or Sink?

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

Debut picture book: ‘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?
Now available order. Please leave a note if you’d like me to add an inscription to someone:
Raising Literacy Australia’s Emerging Author and Illustrator Mentoring Project
Picture book due for publication 2021 with Little Book Press
‘Tilly’s First Day Twist’
Written by Kylie Covark. Illustrated by Robin Tatlow-Lord.
Scribbles Creative Writing Awards 2020
Junior Fiction
Shortlisted – ‘Pom and Bear go to Space’
Middle Grade
Shortlisted – ‘Once Upon a Monkey’s Sneeze’
Writers Unleashed Festival – Picture Book Writing Competition 2019
First Place
‘Baby Bear’
Scribbles Creative Writing Awards 2019

Junior Fiction
Highly Commended
‘Crunch Time’
Story Board
‘Float or Sink?’
…And now it’s a real book! Hooray!…
Poem for Children
Spooktacular Stories: Thrilling Tales for Brave Kids

Story included in anthology
Witches Resist
CYA Conference – Writing and Illustrating Competition
First Place: Picture Book – Preschool (Aspiring Authors)
A Letter to Post
Toolangi C.J. Dennis Poetry and Short Story Competition
Second Place: Open Poetry
Professional Associations

  • Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators
  • Writers SA
  • 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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