Lara Cain Gray

Writer for Hire

Brisbane, Qld, Australia

Lara Cain Gray

Copywriter, Editor, Librarian, Curator, Researcher

BA (Arts), Grad Dip Information Science, PhD

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What Makes A ‘Good’ Book For Young Readers?

Good children’s books are deceptively simple. That is to say, they are not really simple at all. Even if they appear to have simple words, simple pictures and a simple message, getting the combination of those things ‘right’ is as complex as any science. Children’s brains, imaginations and developmental stages are far from ‘simple’.
Library For All Link to Story

Bush Babies To Treehouses: 100 Years Of Australian Children’s Books

If you go down to your local bookstore today, you probably won’t be at all surprised to see hundreds of Australian children’s books filling the shelves. The kids’ book market in Australia is booming, with literacy high on our education agenda and publishers keen to support a flourishing array of authors and illustrators.
May Gibbs Link to Story

10 Popular Bedroom Decor Trends For Kids Who Love To Read

Kids adore books. From special stories read on a parent’s lap, to the favourite reads they choose for themselves as they learn and grow, books are an important part of a young child’s life. But did you know that making the right kids bedroom decor choices can actually encourage a long-term love of reading?
Baby Hints And Tips Link to Story

The baby books Australia loves! 5 of the best Aussie stories for little ones

There are some baby books Australia simply loves. They might be vintage tales shared over generations, or modern classics that have taken the publishing world by storm. Whatever you love to read at bedtime, it’s never too early to share stories with your children. Even newborn babies can find story time soothing, while toddlers will explore sounds, patterns and the textures of book pages as they grow.
Baby Hints And Tips Link to Story

Sun, Sand & Sunburn on Moreton Island! Discovering the Redcliffe2Moreton Express.

How far would you go to find the perfect place to chill out with a book? Last Sunday I read my book here…. Well, in truth there wasn’t a lot of reading. There was a LOT of swimming, eating and generally messing around with the rest of Team Charming as we explored stunning Moreton Island. We were lucky enough to be gifted a trip on the new Redcliffe2Moreton Express ferry and our day was charming indeed.
Charming Language Link to Story

Venero and Venuti: ‘Intratextual Translation’ Skills For Writers

Two worlds collided for me recently when I attended the Brisbane Writers Festival - translation theory and literary fiction. Writers - discover how to use translation tools to make a cultural statement.
Charming Language Link to Story

Multicultural Books - To Diversity And Beyond!

The Australian EYLF encourages educators to create inclusive multicultural classroom environments. One of the most rewarding ways to engage young children in discussion about diversity is via books, and there are many delightful cultural titles available for the class bookshelves.
Newsletter of the Australian Childcare Alliance Victoria Link to Story

5 Books About Indigenous Australia Every School Library Should Have

The 5 Books About Indigenous Australia Every School Library Should Have. It’s never too early to start talking about the concept of cultural difference with our children. Sharing story books about the diverse cultures, religions and languages of the world is one way to help kids develop a deeper understanding of their own cultural environment as well as world cultures.
Global Kids Oz Link to Story

Why the Reconciliation Movement Benefits All Australians

‘Reconciliation’ is an umbrella term used in discussion of multiple, complex social and political activities. Under various names, the ‘reconciliation movement’ dates back to the 1960s, when Australians finally began to take decisive action about creating a more unified and respectful relationship between the Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations.
Australian Education And Care Workforce Link to Story

Book Review – Alfie

These companion titles are hopefully just the start of many adventures for David Hardy’s adorable Alfie – a young boy searching for the meaning of life as only a little boy can! With his feet in the sand and his head in the clouds he tests the boundaries of friendship, family relationships and his physical environment, putting big life questions into delightful child-friendly contexts.
Australian Education And Care Workforce Link to Story

3 Mindset Shifts For Planning The Truly Inclusive Classroom

Global Kids Oz: 3 Mindset Shifts for Planning the Truly Inclusive Classroom. childHR: How to run your HR department like a best practice LDC. Target Accounting: Childcare businesses: 5 ways to streamline your admin processes to reduce costs. The Time Retriever: It’s Time for some Forward Focused Reflecting.
Building Blocks December 2016 Link to Story

Sorry Sorry - Book Review

Sorry, Sorry Anne Kerr with Marda Pitt, Boolarong Press, RRP: $18.95. Suitable for children across a broad age range, this book is a sensitive introduction to race relations and reconciliation in Australia. It begins with a simple retelling of the colonisation story from the perspective of the ‘First Peoples’, exploring the impact on their lives when the ‘Other Peoples’ arrive.
Global Kids Oz Link to Story


Lara Cain Gray

Dr Lara Cain Gray (PhD) is a Brisbane-based freelance writer and editor. Her professional past includes positions as an academic researcher, librarian and museum curator in Australia and the UK.

She enjoys writing social commentary, book reviews, travel tales and therapeutic ravings about being a parent.

She also writes and edits material across a range of industries and media, including web copy, guest blogs, ghost blogs, corporate communications, newsletters, brochures and academic papers.

Lara would love to chat to you about new opportunities. Get in touch!



  • Coffee drinking
  • Academic editing
  • Academic writing
  • Online content writing
  • Corporate newsletter writing
  • Book review writing
  • Arts review writing
  • Review writing
  • Magazine article writing
  • Editing
  • Blogging
  • Brochure writing
  • Copywriting
  • Web copy writing