Elizabeth Honey i(45 works by) (birth name: Elizabeth Madden Honey)
Also writes as: Elizabeth Clarke
Born: Established: 1947 Wonthaggi, Wonthaggi area, South Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Elizabeth Honey grew up on a dairy farm in Wonthaggi, Victoria. She studied film and television at Swinburne College of Technology in Melbourne, where she completed a Diploma in Film and Television. After marriage to her fellow student, Andrew Clarke, a graphic designer, in 1969, Honey worked for ABC television and for advertising agencies. She has worked for advertising agencies both large (George Pattersons) and small (Haysoms) as art director, freelance designer and illustrator in London and Melbourne. She also worked as a script assistant and in continuity on the film The Naked Bunyip. During the 1970s she travelled to Europe, the USA and South America several times and lived and worked in London for two years.

Honey has illustrated a wide variety of publications including reading schemes such as Cheshire's Trend, Macmillan's Southern Cross series and information books. She has been successful as both a writer of picture books, poetry, and novels for younger readers and as an illustrator for her own and others' texts. Of her own style, Elizabeth Honey writes, 'I've got a jokey style, a serious style, and a Norman Lindsay style'.

Honey's work is characteristically humorous and inventive, and features outspoken characters. She is known for her insights into children and she has noted that her two children are inspirational to her work. Several of her books have been Honour Books and won awards, which include Australian children's choice awards YABBA and CROW.

Notes

  • See Marcie Muir and Kerry White, Australian Children's Books (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992) for information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit.

Awards for Works

Hop Up! Wriggle Over! 2015 single work picture book children's

'Hop up, wriggle over, wakey wakey, HUNGRY!

Crunch crunch, gobble gobble, lick lick, MORE!

BONG BONG, clang clang, ting ting, SHHH!

Come on, slow coach, Zip! Zap! ZOOOM!

'With nine baby animals in the family, every minute of the day is wild romping fun! From waking in the morning, gobbling breakfast, drumming with spoons, zooming to the park, playing till it's bathtime - Splish splash rub-a-dub Brush your...toothie-pegs! - life's just one big game until bedtime.' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Hop Up! Wriggle Over! 2015 single work picture book children's

'Hop up, wriggle over, wakey wakey, HUNGRY!

Crunch crunch, gobble gobble, lick lick, MORE!

BONG BONG, clang clang, ting ting, SHHH!

Come on, slow coach, Zip! Zap! ZOOOM!

'With nine baby animals in the family, every minute of the day is wild romping fun! From waking in the morning, gobbling breakfast, drumming with spoons, zooming to the park, playing till it's bathtime - Splish splash rub-a-dub Brush your...toothie-pegs! - life's just one big game until bedtime.' (Publication summary)

2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
Our Island 2014 single work picture book children's

'Our island lies beneath a big blue sky,

surrounded by the turquoise sea.

Turtles glide through the clear salt water,

and dugongs graze on banks of seagrass.

'In this lyrical celebration of place, the children of Mornington Island explore their home in words and pictures. This is a collaboration with much-loved children's picture-book creators authors Alison Lester and Elizabeth Honey.

'All royalties from Our Island and one dollar from the sale of each copy will be donated to Mornington Island State School to fund art projects in the community.' (Publication summary)

2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
2015 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Best Book for Language Development – Indigenous Children
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