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About the book
  • Published: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143785071
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You




A gift board book edition of much-loved actor and radio host Kate Ritchie's debut picture book.

A gift board book edition of much-loved actor and radio host Kate Ritchie's debut picture book.
When you were still a treasured bump, tucked safe away inside, I thought about you night and day and in my sleep - it's true. My heart was full of hope and love. I just couldn't wait to meet you.
A heartwarming story to share with the children in your family.

  • Pub date: 31 July 2017
  • ISBN: 9780143785071
  • Imprint: Random House Australia Children's
  • Format: Board Book
  • Pages: 32
  • RRP: $14.99

About the Authors

Kate Ritchie

Kate Ritchie is a much-loved actor, presenter and author. Millions of Australians and Britons grew up with Kate as she played Sally Fletcher in the hit series Home and Away between 1987 and 2007.

Kate has continued to act in Australian film and television, including Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities in 2009, Cops: LAC, Mr & Mrs Murder and It’s A Date. She has hosted live television events including the annual Carols in the Domain and Australia Day Celebrations. After being invited back as a guest to help celebrate the show’s 25th anniversary in 2013, Kate briefly reprised her role of Sally on the Seven Network’s Home and Away. Her acting has earned her numerous nominations and awards, including two Gold Logies.

In 2008 Kate took on the challenge of live radio. She currently co-hosts Kate, Tim & Marty, the hugely popular national drive radio show on Nova.

Acting aside, Kate relishes the opportunity to donate her time to a number of causes, including the Australia Day Council of New South Wales, the Australian Red Cross and Ovarian Cancer Australia.

Kate's first book, I Just Couldn’t Wait to Meet You, was inspired by her joy and excitement at anticipating the arrival of her daughter.

Hannah Sommerville

Hannah Sommerville comes from the scenic South Coast of New South Wales. After completing a Bachelor of Creative Arts, she practised as a commercial designer before becoming a mother of two. Reading with her young children rekindled Hannah’s adoration of children’s picture books and she turned her attention to illustrating. Hannah enjoys capturing familiar events in the lives of children and focuses on crafting moments to which her readers can connect.


Praise for I Just Couldn't Wait to Meet You

“Straight from the heart . . . The perfect gift for a new or expecting parent, or for a soon-to-be-sibling who needs a reminder that they, too, were once a precious bump.”

This Charming Mum

“Heartfelt . . . A moving expression of the joys and hopes that surround pregnancy and the newborn”

John Nolan, Reading Time

“The perfect gift for expectant parents and the perfect gift for a newborn baby”

Megan Daly, Children's Books Daily


Awards & Recognition

  • Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards

    Shortlisted • 2017 • Birth to 3 Years


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