Ethicool Children's Book Authors
Ethicool was co-founded by Stuart French and Teigan Margetts, a husband and wife team based in Melbourne, Australia, and the names behind Ethicool Books' first titles. Teigan and Stu are prolific writers, passionate parents, and proud advocates of progressive children's books.
Born into the cantilevered land of Tasmania, Stu’s appreciation for nature was reinforced by his proximity to the island landscape’s profound natural wonders, just as it was engrained by the family in which he was raised. Now a loving father, Stu's emergent passion is for building a generation of environmentally-aware leaders, through books, words, travel, and wide-open spaces.
In Stu's own words: exquisitely written kids’ books are prevalent – and I have regularly thrived upon reading them to my own children. But kids’ books that serve to educate on the issues that matter to the children of this millennium are truly few and far between. Even rarer, though, are books that strike willfully into these topics and manage to do so without losing the glitter and finesse that keeps kids engaged in the joyful process of reading. These books, these books that balance endearing and gorgeous words with thematic weight, presence and urgency, are the books that Ethicool has allowed us to realise.
Personally, I am deeply excited by this venture, and buoyed by the opportunity to drive change through the art that has been my ultimate form of catharsis for some two decades.
Welcome to Ethicool. I know you will find hours of joy reading our books to your children, just as they themselves will drive decades of lasting change upon grasping the gravity of the themes we are exploring, and pursuing them with passion as they grow, both literally and metaphorically, into the world.
We have years of books ahead of us at Ethicool, and 2020 is merely a humble beginning, of which we are confident the parents of the world will embrace. Share us, read us, talk about us, challenge us - give us your feedback, be it good or bad.
We are listeners, and we're most certainly listening.
Journalist, nature lover, traveller, ballerina, yogi, wife, and mum to two of the world’s most adorable little boys. I’m passionate about equality and sustainability, but I’m also scared. What will my boys’ future look like? I want them to live in a world where everyone has an equal chance to succeed. I want them to live in a world that isn’t dying.
Says Teigan: An avid reader and a perpetual "quiet achiever", my favourite activity has always been to have my nose in a good book. Reading has sparked my curiosity, taught me to push boundaries, and ultimately, taught me to question the status quo. If you think something’s not right, do something about it, says the collective narrator in every children's (and now adults') book I’ve ever read.
My passion for equality and sustainability were ignited when I lived in Sweden for two years. That experience made me cast a critical eye over much of the world: are men and women really equal? Are they? Are we really doing enough to protect the environment? Are we? I felt unsure, but carried on anyway.
As any parent will know, having kids changes everything. Suddenly, I went from feeling uncertain, to feeling scared. Is a world where we’re all beholden to the climate crisis, where more than half the world lives on less than $2 a day, and where one woman a week is killed due to intimate partner violence really the future I want for my kids?
I felt powerless, until I realised I wasn’t. Stories were how I’d always learnt everything, so I wanted to give that gift to my children, and children everywhere. The future was suddenly a script, and if I could help some kids write a better one, then we’d all be better off.
I hope Ethicool books helps our precious little superheros do just that.
As a child, Irish-Indian mum and journalist, Disha Bose O’Shea moved cities frequently for her father’s job as a pilot. India is a country that is as diverse as it is intriguing, and every time Disha found herself in a new city, everything had to change: from the language she spoke, to the food she ate.
Disha’s early experiences in India cultivated her passion for one critically important cause: diversity. Now living in Ireland, Disha’s passion for diversity led to her creating one of our most heartwarming titles yet.
Learn to love and appreciate others with her book, Not Like Me, due for release in late 2020.
Lover of literature, Sharna Carter, has been heavily involved in the children’s book space for many years, working with other authors to perfect her manuscripts. As a mum of two, she also regularly reads to her little ones, and when she went searching for the perfect children’s book on sustainability, she was left wanting.
Combining a character bursting with personality, and a strong message about how we can fill our own tummies without looking far beyond our own garden, Sharna’s debut picture book is as delightful as it is visually stunning.
Fall in love with Watermelon Pip, due for release in late 2020.
A woman of many talents, Sydney singer and mum-of-one, Clare, trained as a visual designer before transitioning to become a special needs teacher. Throughout her extensive work with children and parents, she noticed something concerning: anxiety was really holding children back.
Up late feeding her newborn, she began to seed the idea that would eventually become her stunning debut book. What if children could deal with anxiety better, she thought, as she crafted a serene, yet deeply-meaningful rhyming story about a wise sea turtle and his adventures through the ocean.Enter: Samson C. Turtle and the Deep Breath.
Georgina Le Flufy
Preschool teacher, world traveller and lifelong lover of literature, Georgina Le Flufy, wrote her first book when she was six - and she hasn’t stopped writing! Throughout her years of travelling and living in different countries, she has developed a keen sense of curiosity about the world, and as such, wanted to explore that theme in a children’s book.
What resulted when she sat down to write was a true masterpiece. Both an exploration of the curiosity we all feel when look through other’s windows, and a nod to the incredible work of those who keep us safe at night, Georgina’s first published children’s book is a sight to behold.See the world through April’s Window.
As the daughter of Australian immigrants, Melburnian, Pris Pho, developed a strong sense of social justice from a young age as she noticed that not everyone around her seemed to have equal opportunities. And as a trained journalist and a particularly shy child, Pris has always had a penchant for the written word. It makes sense, then, that Pris’s stunning debut children’s book provides an inspiring message for any of us who may have ever felt like "just a..."
Now a graduate teacher, Pris wrote her gorgeous animal-theme book when her first niece was born. She wanted to find a poetic way to explain the niggling feeling of being "just a" and encourage everyone to lift others up, no matter who they are.Discover inspiration with Just a Rabbit.