Of Course You Can

Book Author & Illustrator Karen Hinge & Nicky Sievert
Rights Available World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands. 

Jeremy is starting a new school. He is a bit nervous and a lot worried but the children in this class are welcoming. Every time he thinks he can’t take part they say ‘Of course you can!’ and so he plays soccer, joins in the Kapa Haka and even takes part in the cross country … But when it comes to swimming the children tell him not to do it.

A 2021 IBBY Outstanding Book for Young People With Disabilities.

About the Author
Karen Hinge
was raised as a ‘free-range kid’ in the Waikato. Her childhood memories include long days of freedom spent bike riding, hut building, hill sliding and blackberry picking. She began her teaching career in Christchurch and enjoyed exploring the amazing South Island during holiday breaks. She now lives in beautiful Northland where, for the last 20 years, she and her partner Derek have been raising their family of three children. An intermediate school teacher, Karen says she loves the learning opportunities that teaching brings.

Nicky Siever is a budding writer/illustrator of books for children. This is her first book.


OneTree House




Picture Book

Age range
0+ years

Publication Date
May 2018

Rights Available:
World excl. NZ, Australia and the Pacific Islands.

Rights Agents:


Christine Dale, OneTree House

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Writer Karen Hinge’s dialogue and descriptions are spot-on. They hit the mark through restraint -- there’s so much that doesn’t need to be said – and gentle repetition. Nicky Sievert employs a range of equally understated illustration techniques and perspectives that move the story along with a good-natured ease... So, "How was the book?" you ask. “Awesome!” I say.

The Sapling