Bianca Begovich is a children’s writer and environmentalist. She has published three books for children through CreateBooks: The Sea and Me (2014), The Trees and Me (2014) and The Bugs and Me (2015). In 2016 she was awarded second place in the Rangitawa short story competition. She has four books soon to be published about climate change and caring for the environment, including Papatūānuku, The Cool Pool, The Neverending Sunflower and The Honey Hub. She lives in Kāpiti with her family.
Begovich, Bianca (1973 - ) is a children’s writer and environmentalist living in Kāpiti. Having worked in environmental education for over fourteen years, Begovich is now a freelance writer and children’s non-fiction writer. She also performs readings and runs workshops for children in schools.
Begovich completed her Master of Science degree at Victoria University in 2001, before working full-time in environmental education and protection. She worked in waste minimisation for Porirua City Council, as well as for other Wellington regional councils in energy, gardening and restoration work.
Combining her two greatest passions, children and the environment, Begovich writes and publishes stories about the environment. Begovich’s publishes with the boutique publishing company CreateBooks, a publisher which specialises in quality educational books for children and young adults. Begovich’s first series is a trilogy of books about the environment and how we can all do our part in protecting it. The Sea and Me (2014), The Trees and Me (2014) and The Bugs and Me (2015), all illustrated by Scott Pearson, are three rhyming verse stories about keeping the sea clean, caring for the wildlife and taking care of our ecosystem. Each of the stories include fact boxes with interesting information, recipes and colourful cartoon-like illustrations. They also come with a free teacher’s resource, which gives educators a range of activities – from colouring in bugs to restoration projects.
The Sea and Me was a bestseller, and all three books can be found in schools across New Zealand. The Sea and Me was reviewed on Kāpiti Coast News as ‘a very clever book that combines beautiful illustrations with facts and information for all ages . . . the reader is swept along in an engaging, entertaining and informative read.’
Begovich has also published Perspective (Kāpiti Coast District Council, 2014) and Koro Jack (Rangitawa Publishing, 2016). Begovich has also published numerous newspaper articles, short stories and poems. Koro Jack won second place in the 2016 Rangitawa Short Story competition.
Begovich has new publications coming soon, including Papatūānuku, a non-fiction story about climate change for young readers.
Begovich’s second series with CreateBooks will also be published shortly. The Cool Pool is about a boy who learns how to keep the river he loves healthy; The Neverending Sunflower, in which children learn how to grow sunflowers; and The Honey Hub, a tale of how a young boy’s love of honey helps him to save the endangered honeybees.
The focus in Begovich’s books is on fostering and encouraging an understanding of our relationship within the natural world, rather than explaining the environment as something distant or separate from us. The rhyming stories make the big concepts, such as sustainability, interdependence and climate change, accessible to young children.
Media & Links
- Begovich’s website
- Begovich’s Facebook
- Begovich’s YouTube
- NZSA author bio
- Radio NZ interview
- NZ Herald article and interview
Updated June 2017.