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Jackie French Jackie French i(A7058 works by) (a.k.a. Jacqueline French; Jacqueline Anne French)
Born: Established: 1953 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Jackie French was born in Sydney and grew up in Brisbane, completing her education at the University of Queensland. In her early twenties she moved to a property in the Araluen Valley on the edge of the Deua wilderness, New South Wales, and later developed a career as a writer.

French's books for children and young adults have been well-received, winning many awards, including several from the Children's Book Council of Australia. Her works regularly appear on the Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALA) and Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA) shortlists which are nominated by readers. She has spoken numerous times to groups of children and adults, and has frequently run writing workshops. Her writing and workshops often combine her concern for social issues with her love of nature.

French has published many gardening books and has been a columnist for Women's Weekly, Earth Garden, the Sydney Morning Herald and the Sunday Canberra Times. She appeared regularly on the television show Burke's Backyard. Her garden forms a significant part of her professional website, on which she describes herself as an author and ecologist.

French has been the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) Children's Ambassador, and patron of several of organisations including Cool Club (an ACT library program to encourage children to read), At Home with Books (a program to encourage reading with foster children) and Wildcare (a project that looks after injured wildlife). She has also been a director of The Wombat Foundation.

French was the 2011 National Literacy Ambassador for National Literacy and Numeracy Week. In late 2013, she was selected as the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015. In 2015, she was Senior Australian of the Year. She has been the ACT Children’s Week Ambassador, 2011 Federal Literacy Ambassador, patron of Books for Kids, YESS, joint patron of Monkey Baa Theatre for Young People with Susanne Gervais and Morris Gleitzman, and a director of The Wombat Foundation.

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Notes

  • Voted number 18 in the Booktopia Top 50 Favourite Australian Authors for 2018

Personal Awards

2016 recipient Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) The HarperCollins Pixie O'Harris Award
2016 recipient Order of Australia Member of the Order of Australia (AM) For significant service to literature as an author of children's books, and as an advocate for improved youth literacy.
2015 winner The Redmond Barry Award

Awards for Works

Millie Loves Ants 2017 single work picture book children's

''My friend Millie just loves ants.'

'Emily is intrigued to know why Millie the echidna loves ants so much. And so Emily carefully observes Millie until she discovers her secret.

'Millie is collecting food for her baby puggle!

'Created by talented duo Jackie French and Sue deGennaro, this delightful book explores the fascinating behaviour of these mammals.' (Publication summary)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book of the Year
Koala Bare 2017 single work picture book children's

'Some bears wear pants and live in cottages in the woods ... but this koala is out to prove to the world that he is BARE! And that never, ever ever can a koala be a bear... From the internationally renowned author of the bestselling Diary of a Wombat comes a hilariously funny picture book that Jackie French has created with talented new illustrator Matt Shanks. Ages: 3 years+' (Publication summary)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book of the Year
Third Witch 2017 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'Following on from OPHELIA, QUEEN OF DENMARK and I AM JULIET, this is the third title in the series for young people that focuses on the reinterpretation of Shakespeare's classic and enduring plays.

'I didn't mean to do it'.

'Annie is not a witch, but when her mistress Lady Macbeth calls for a potion to 'stiffen Macbeth's sinews', Annie is caught up in plots that lead to murder, kingship and betrayal. Annie must also not only choose between Rab the Blacksmith and Murdoch, Thane of Greymouth, but discover where her loyalty lies.' (Publication summary)

2018 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Older Readers
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