Flashback to 1990: Busy Bookworms founder Amy Adeney (together with two friends) stands before a room full of three-year-olds. The trio are known as The Rice Bubbles – Snap, Crackle and Pop – Melbourne’s newest party entertainers.

They sing. They dance. They play games. They perform lame magic tricks. They wear lovingly-crafted homemade sparkly clown costumes. Drawing on their many years of experience playing make-believe schools, they have the three-year-olds entranced with their enthusiasm and energy.

That's Amy on the far left!

That's Amy on the far left!

The Rice Bubbles may have been a short-lived venture, but for Amy Adeney, this was just the beginning of a journey. A mere 15 years later, Amy found herself in front of a class of young children once again, after brief career detours to work in the fitness industry in London and in Public Relations in New York City. Amy’s passion for working with children was a constant, and since 2005, she has been putting that passion into practice.

With qualifications in Primary Teaching and Gifted Education, Amy has worked in a variety of educational settings over the past 12 years. What truly excites her is sharing her love of books and reading with children. After many years of planning and dreaming, Amy finally founded Busy Bookworms in 2017, as the perfect way to combine her skills and experience in education with her enjoyment of children’s literature. Even if she never fulfills her long-harboured secret dream to become a Playschool presenter, teaching Busy Bookworms is definitely a close second!

In recent years, this fervour for children’s books led Amy to try writing them herself. Having recently completed a six month internship at Writers Victoria, she's currently undertaking a number of writing workshops and seminars with well-known Australian authors. To further immerse herself in wonderful children’s books, Amy hosts a weekly Story Time at The Leaf in Ashburton, and reviews picture books for My Child Magazine.

When she’s not browsing bookshops, Amy can be found cooking for two small fussy eaters, attempting (semi-successfully!) to master the choreography at Zumba, or trying to find time to see all the Academy Award nominated films before her annual dress-up party.