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Heather Hunt

Heather Hunt - Self Portrait-740Heather Hunt is an illustrator and exhibiting artist who has spent her life learning about the world by drawing it. Her characters and the scenes they inhabit emerge out of a research process that involves observing, photographing, reading, writing, conversations and, above all, hundreds of drawings.
Heather’s much-loved ‘Backyard Kiwi' character is the face of one of New Zealand’s most successful kiwi recovery projects and inspired the work for her award winning picture book KIWI: the real story, which she created in collaboration with author Annemarie Florian. Heather and Annemarie had previously worked on Books for Babies.  .
Selected bibliography: 
  • The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A true NZ story (Potton & Burton 2016)
  • Getting to Know You (Niche Books 2013)
  • KIWI: the real story (New Holland 2012)
  • Books for Babies (Penguin 2010)
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2017 for The Cuckoo and the Warbler: A true New Zealand story
  • Storylines Notable Book Award 2013 for Kiwi: The Real Story
  • New Zealand Post Children’s Book Awards 2013 Children’s Choice Junior Non Fiction Shortlist for Kiwi: The Real Story
  • LIANZA Children’s Book Awards 2013 Russell Clark Illustration Award Finalist for Kiwi: The Real Story
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