The Riverboat Postman

The Riverboat Postman


Written by Joanne Karcz
Illustrated by Elizabeth Irvin

Written in rhyme for young children and early readers, this book describes the experience of two children who step on board The Riverboat Postman to deliver the mail. The Riverboat Postman really does exist. It has been delivering the mail to water access-only properties on the Hawkesbury River for more than 100 years.

Ages: 4+
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781925681086
Published by Vivid Publishing in 2017

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I met the author of this wonderful children’s book outside the Riverboat Postman ticket office. I had been exploring the waterways around Dangar Island on the Hawkesbury River , and heard about the boat that delivered post to island communities.

Beautifully illustrated, the story captures the voyage of the Riverboat Postman as he goes about his daily work. The rhythm of the verse is charming.

I look forward to many happy hours reading this wonderful tale to my granddaughter, and showing her the way of life in a river community.
— Di Burton (Yorkshire)
We were so delighted after reading Joanne Karcz’s first children’s book ‘Dangar Island: birds, barrows a ferry and me’ that we asked her to write one for us too! So, onto The Riverboat Postman she stepped, furiously taking notes and photographs as she sailed along.

The results were better than anything we could have imagined. Beautifully expressing the sights, history and river locals that our guests encounter along the way, Joanne captured the essence of a day aboard The Riverboat Postman in all its glory.

Flicking through the pages, one really feels as though they are out on the boat. Thank you Joanne, for this exquisite storybook - it is a true treasure.
— Caelia Collins, Manager, Hawkesbury Cruises


Joanne Karcz

Having lived on the Hawkesbury River for many years, Joanne Karcz loves the beauty that surrounds her. She has taken many a trip on The Riverboat Postman, delighting in the river, it’s people and the nature that is her backyard. 

Her first children’s picture book Dangar Island: birds, barrows a ferry and me describes a day in the life of a child on Dangar Island.

Joanne also spends time exploring and photographing suburban Sydney and writes up her discoveries in her fortnightly blog Travel with Joanne.


Elizabeth has had a life time of illustrating and graphic designing and always wanted to illustrate a children’s picture book. When approached to illustrate The Riverboat Postman, Elizabeth stepped on board the Riverboat to see for herself how the mail is delivered along the Hawkesbury River. She loved the birds, the cottages and the characters along the river and couldn't wait to start drawing.