Great Barrier Reef Rescue 🐠🐠🐠 Empowers Kids To Save The Reef

May 2, 2019

‘The Great Barrier Reef is in grave danger. It’s time to step up.’

—David Attenborough

Award-winning children’s author and school teacher, Karen Tyrrell inspires kids to conserve the reef with her eco adventure, Great Barrier Reef Rescue. Karen is a survivor of bullying and PTSD, creating empowering books to give children HOPE. Her half-girl half-bird character, Rosella Ava Bird has survived bullying, too. She becomes Song Bird Superhero, Reef Defender.

Brisbane City Libraries launches Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue at Brisbane Square Library, part of their Sunday Conversation program, on 5 May 11-12 am (arrive 10.40 am). Karen dresses as Song Bird Superhero and co-author Steve as Reef Man. Together, they present a FUN interactive multi-media talk with pantomimed book readings. Children learn pro-active ways to care for the reef and its marine creatures and become ‘Defenders of the Reef.’

Australian Marine Conservation Society and Great Barrier Reef Marine Authority support Great Barrier Reef Rescue providing free resources for kids on her school visits.

Karen deeply admires the convictions of David Attenborough. She’s passionate about saving the reef and endangered marine creatures like turtles and dugongs. Her family loves visiting the Great Barrier Reef, swimming with giant green turtles, white tip reef sharks and Maori Wrasse. Karen doesn’t let her fear of the open sea swimming stop her from snorkelling at the reef. She wears a life-jacket and grasps hold of Steve’s hand.

She co-ordinated science at her primary school after majoring in biology at Goulburn Teachers College. Coincidentally, Karen’s school computer avatar was the Little Mermaid. Now, mermaids, Ocean Boy and superheroes fight to save marine creatures and the coral reef in Song Bird Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

Karen created the Song Bird series to empower kids to live sustainable lives and help protect the environment, the bees, the rainforests and the reef against climate change. Great Barrier Reef Rescue is the 4th Book in the Song Bird series following Rainforest Rescue, highly recommended by the Children’s Book Council of Australia.


Rosie aka Song Bird, superhero must save the Great Barrier Reef.

Something weird is happening on Green Turtle Island.

 Marine creatures have been dying, and now her friends are disappearing.

Rosie travels through a time portal to unlock a secret.

Can Song Bird rescue the Great Barrier Reef before it’s too late?

Yvonne Mes, co-ordinator of Write Links, will launch Great Barrier Reef Rescue.

DATE: Sunday 5th May, 2019.

TIME: Arrive at 10.40 to start at 11 am

WHERE: Brisbane Square Library, End Room, George St Brisbane, 4000

PROGRAM: Multi-media storytelling, costumes, fun, kid’s activities, book signing & sales. Wear a splash of blue or something aquatic.


11 May 9.30-12.30 Dymocks Indooroopilly

17 May 9-1             Big B Books, Burleigh Heads

18 May 11-2           Wild Cards & Gifts, Logan Hyperdome

25 May 10-1            Dymocks Northlakes

26 May 10-3            LEAF Festival, Griffith University, Logan Campus

QUEENSLAND TOUR June 11-30 From Townsville to Brisbane. Contact: Speakers Ink

Karen Tyrrell, Brisbane’s superhero children’s author empowers kids to live strong through her writing and author talks. Books include Song Bird series, STOP the Bully, Bailey Beats the Blah, Super Space Kids series and Harry Helps Grandpa Remember.

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