Gregg Dreise is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds, Kookoo Kookaburra and Mad Magpie. These stories are about teaching morals. Silly Birds is based on the saying, “It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you are surrounded by turkeys”. Kookoo Kookaburra is based on the saying, “Kindness is like a boomerang - if you throw it often, it comes back often. If you never take the chance to throw it, it never comes back”. Mad Magpie is based on the words of wisdom, “Stay calm like the surface of the water, yet strong like its current. And know that there is a song out there for you.”
A descendant of the Kamilaroi tribe, from south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales. He was born and raised in St George, Queensland and moved to Noosa during high school. He is the youngest of eight in a family that loved sport, music and poetry (one of those families where everyone sings, and passes guitars around at get-togethers). Gregg’s mother (Lyla Dreise-Knox) has always inspired him to write. Her poetry has entertained the family (as well as the odd magazine and newspaper readers) for many decades.
Gregg is currently a teacher in the Sunshine Coast, Queensland. He has completed writing four more picture books waiting their turn for publishing; and is also working on a chapter book for upper primary. For Gregg, the most exciting part of writing, is going to schools and libraries with his didgeridoo and guitar, with the aim to educate an audience filled with smiles. He was very excited to take his books to the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Italy this year. His book Silly Birds was on the 2015 Premier’s Reading Challenge year 1 to 3 booklist and was shortlisted and then won the 2015 Speech Pathology Australia - Book of the Year award.
Gregg has been an artist most of his life, following in the footsteps of many family members. His paintings have been sold all over the world. His recent international art award was for the last painting in the book Silly Birds.
Gregg was able to link his culture in a meaningful and entertaining way to all students P-6 with stories, song and information.
Noosaville State School - February, 2024
Gregg was highly engaging and tailor-made different presentations for the different age groups. Our school community thoroughly enjoyed his high energy and informative talks.
Coopers Plains State Primary School - October, 2023
I had the opportunity to travel with Gregg all week and introduce him to all schools in our Shire. What impressed me was that each presentation was different - amazing!!
Balonne Shire Council - St. George Library - August, 2023
Gregg was amazing! So incredibly prepared and targeted for each age group The students loved every minute of his sessions and the Indigenous students were so excited and thrilled to meet him and spend time with him. Everyone absolutely loved his visit!
Camberwell Girls Grammar, VIC - August, 2023
The students loved Gregg's humour, they loved the didgeridoo playing, the also enjoyed dancing and the Hello and Welcome song. I learnt a lot from Gregg during his presentation to staff.
Greenvale Primary School - August, 2023