Cristy Burne

Blending STEM, literacy and creativity to enthuse, engage and empower

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Choose to make a difference

Hi! Thanks for popping in. I’m a science writer, children’s author and presenter.

My work is all about inspiring kids to play an active part of their world. Whether I’m writing fiction or non-fiction, my focus is on empowering our next generation of science-savvy citizens.

If you have any questions or would just like to say hi, I’d love to hear from you.

Books that make you part of something bigger

My books invite you to join the party. They’re about adventure, friendship, family, nature, science and technology. They’re about our world and creating our place in it.

I’m passionate about literacy and scientific literacy, and have multiple fiction and non-fiction children’s books published in Australia and overseas, including:

  • ZEROES AND ONES (Notable Book, CBCA 2019; Shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2019);
  • OFF THE TRACK (Shortlisted Wilderness Society’s Environment Prize 2019); and
  • TO THE LIGHTHOUSE (Shortlisted WAYRBA 2019).

Books that blend science with wonder

Cristy Burne hairy feet.jpgI have degrees in biotechnology and science communication and I’m a past editor of Scientriffic, CERN’s iSGTW, and Scitech’s Particle.

I’ve worked as a science communicator for nearly 20 years across six countries. I’ve been a science circus performer, garbage analyst, museum writer, and atom-smashing reporter at CERN, but my all-time favourite job is working with kids to embrace the intersection between science, technology and creativity.

I’m a dynamic, enthusiastic and interactive presenter.

I’m based in sunny Perth, Western Australia. I sometimes teach at Curtin University, and I’m always working on my next book.

Book me to work with your festival, library or school.

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Cristy’s literary CV is here.

Stories don’t need batteries

Give a kid a book for their next birthday. It won’t break, it’s not plastic, and it will open their mind to new worlds and new ideas.

Spreading the love

Thank you so much to everyone who takes time to post a review… It means so much to read your words and be part of your book journey.

THANK YOU for taking the time to review my books and help spread the word!

Home codingPlay, learn, create

Check out these great classroom ideas for inspiring kids to explore science, creativity and literature, developed with teachers in mind. Most are based on my books.

Who, me? Yes, you!

Let’s work together!

Whether it’s an e-visit, an online workshop, a virtual Q&A or something else entirely, I’d love to talk about ways I can help you inspire your students and bring the science-and-tech va-voom to your next event.


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* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

** STEAM = Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths

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