Jeannie Baker i(16 works by)
Born: Established: 1950 Croydon, Surrey,
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England,
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United Kingdom (UK),
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Western Europe, Europe,
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Gender: Female
Arrived in Australia: 1975
Heritage: English
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BiographyHistory

Jeannie Baker studied art and design at Brighton polytechnic, UK before settling in Australia in 1975. The turning point for her affinity with Australia was a visit to the Daintree which inspired her award-winning children's book Where the Forest Meets the Sea (1987), set in the tropical rainforest and which has sold one million copies worldwide.

She is the author and illustrator of numerous picture books, several of which have won Australian and international awards. These include Polar (1975) by Elaine Moss in Britain, followed by Grandfather (1977) which she wrote and illustrated, Grandmother (1978), set in Tasmania and Millicent (1980) about an elderly woman who feeds the pigeons in Sydney's Hyde Park. She creates collages that mimic nature in minute detail - a bonsai approach - and photographs them for her picture books.

While she refuses to sell her works, she lends individual pieces to public galleries. Her collage collections have been exhibited in galleries in London, New York and Australia. The Powerhouse Museum in Sydney has committed itself to exhibiting her work for a decade, changing the display every two years.

Many of the books have a strong environmental focus and the stories in some of them, Window on a Changing World, (1991), for example, which won a Children's Book Council Award in 1992, is a series of views from a window on a landscape being changed by expanding suburbs, without text.

Baker has said that Australia has given her the freedom and space to explore her art.

Awards for Works

Circle 2016 single work picture book children's

'In an infinity of sky, tiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible migratory pathways, flying on and on for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest... This is their story.

'From the creator of the critically acclaimed Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Mirror, comes a poetic, eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic... and back again.

'Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie's stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.' (Publication summary)

2017 nominated International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
Circle 2016 single work picture book children's

'In an infinity of sky, tiny godwit birds follow ancient, invisible migratory pathways, flying on and on for nine nights and nine days, flying without rest... This is their story.

'From the creator of the critically acclaimed Where the Forest Meets the Sea and Mirror, comes a poetic, eco-conscious picture book which explores the complex, interdependency of nature. This is the story of the little-known Bar-tailed Godwit who, following invisible pathways that have been used for thousands of years, undertakes the longest unbroken migration of any bird, a total of 11,000 kilometres, flying from Australia and New Zealand to their breeding grounds in the Arctic... and back again.

'Facing hunger and treacherous conditions to reach their destination, their flight is one of bravery, tenacity and strength, and Jeannie's stunning mixed media collages, inspired first-hand by the spectacular landscapes of Alaska and China, will amaze readers, and take them on an extraordinary visual journey to the corners of our Earth.' (Publication summary)

2017 nominated International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
Mirror 2010 single work picture book children's 'This innovative picture book comprises two stories designed to be read simultaneously – one from the left, the other from the right. Page by page, we experience a day in the lives of two boys and their families. An Australian family, whose way of life strikes a familiar chord, and a family from a far away country with a way of life that differs more than one can imagine. As we read we discover the simple truth that despite these differences we are all the same. We are the mirror of each other.' (From the publisher's website.)
2012 nominated International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
2011 winner Indie Awards Children's
2011 shortlisted New South Wales Premier's Literary Awards Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children's Books
2011 joint winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year Joint winner with Nikki Greenberg's Hamlet.
2011 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2010 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
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