Jean Chapman wrote scripts for ABC schools' radio broadcasts and television programs including Playschool
and Kindergarten of the Air
. She wrote for the New South Wales School Magazine
and for reading schemes, and also wrote many non-fiction books for children. Her books - from picture books and novels, to collections of stories and poems - have been enjoyed by generations of children from the 1960s onwards.
Chapman also wrote a work on May Gibbs
(q.v.) and a biography of Hans Christian Andersen Capturing the Golden Bird: The Young Hans Christian Andersen
(Hodder and Stoughton, 1987). She was an executive member of the Children's Book Council of New South Wales, and of the May Gibbs Nutcote Trust.