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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.

Most Referenced Works

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

y separately published work icon Drought Lindfield : Scholastic Australia , 2018 14951468 2018 single work picture book children's

'I remember when rain stopped, 
When day by day the water dropped, 
All across a sun-bleached land, 
Drought spread its withered, deadly hand. 

'From the award-winning creators of Flood, Fire and Cyclone comes Drought a moving story about the devastating effects drought has on many Australians and their farms.'  (Publication summary)

2019 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Millie Loves Ants Sydney : HarperCollins Children's Books , 2017 9589863 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
y separately published work icon Facing the Flame Sydney : HarperCollins Australia , 2017 11907016 2017 single work novel young adult historical fiction

'There have been fires before, but not like this. Heartbreaking and powerful, FACING THE FLAME is a story of the triumph of courage and community, and a love for the land so deep that not even bushfire can erode it.

'Gibber's Creek, 1978

'As grass dries and the hot wind howls, Gibber's Creek will burn.

'But if you love your country, you will fight for it. Lu Borgino has been recently blinded, but she battles flames to save a racehorse, even though her dreams of being Australia's first professional female jockey have been destroyed.

'Scarlett O'Hara risks her hard-won life at medical school, and the new love of Alex Romanov, to save a child.

'Flinty McAlpine draws on the local knowledge of tens of thousands of years to protect her valley.

'And Jed Kelly must escape not just bushfire, but the man who plots to kill her with its power.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Australian Capital Territory Book of the Year Award
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