Meet the Author: Ainsley Shepherd

nbpats_0013Ainsley Shepherd is passionate about writing, her children, and all things Australian. She aims to inspire, empower and encourage her readers to value their uniqueness and be true to who they were made to be. The experiences of her children, combined with their rural Queensland lifestyle, provide the perfect environment for producing Australian-focussed works that children love. Ainsley also gives children a voice through her business development role as part of the Child Writes team (www.childwrites.com.au). She is the editor of Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture Book is Child’s Play. Ainsley lives in Gayndah with her husband David and their four children.

Meet the Illustrator: Chantal Stewart

Chantal Stewart 2Chantal was born in Paris, studied at the School of Applied Arts and began her career as a graphic designer. After moving to Australia, she discovered her true calling of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Chantal has worked with some of Australia’s most renowned publishers and authors. Her books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards multiple times, as well as the Young Australians Best Book Awards. Chantal was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award. Her titles include, I Spy Mum!, I Spy Dad!, Percy, Smelly Chantelly, A Ghost of a Chance, Max Meets a Monster, and To the Light. She lives on the outskirts of Melbourne surrounded by trees and birds, and believes she has the best job in the world!

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