Cristy Burne

Children’s books for adventure-loving kids

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Cristy Burne is an Australian science writer and children’s author. She is the author of seven 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).

Cristy’s books are about adventure, friendship, family, nature, science, technology and (often) Australia’s unique landscape.

Cristy has degrees in biotechnology and science communication and is a past editor of Scientriffic, CERN’s iSGTW, and Scitech’s Particle.

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

Cristy is based in Perth, Western Australia. She teaches at Curtin University, and is always working on her next book.

She loves to mix creative thinking with STEM* and STEAM** to engage and inspire young people. Cristy loves being outdoors and having adventures, and she’s keen to share her passion for science, innovation, creativity and bravery with kids everywhere.

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

Stick around to pick up some activity ideas for the classroom, discover tips on creative writing, learn more about me or talk to me about a presentation, residency, STEAM workshop or writing project. Thanks for hanging out!

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You can read my work in Scitech’s Particle, CSIRO’s kids science magazine Double Helix, in my books, in the Australian Museum’s TYRANNOSAURS exhibition, on medical websites, software manuals, cloud computing brochures and more…

Cristy’s literary CV is here.


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. Read more about my books here.


Much love to all you lovely book reviewers… It means so much to read your kind words.
THANK YOU for taking the time to review my books and help spread the word!

Activity ideas

Check out these great classroom ideas for teaching literature, developed with teachers in mind, and based on my books.


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* STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths

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