In 1992, illustrator Nina Rycroft graduated from Randwick with a diploma in graphic design. She worked in Sydney and London before turning her hand to illustration, with her first picture book Little Platypus (Nette Hilton) receiving a CBCA Notable Book.
In 2009 she completed of four years' work on Ballroom Bonanza (finalist in the CJ International Picture Book Awards), a story inspired by my children’s great-grandfather Tommy Jones who was band master at the Tower Ballroom in Blackpool from 1947–1978.
In 2013, Nina won the YABBA (Young Australian Best Book Award) for Pooka (Carol Chattaway), and the launch of Dinosaurs Love Cheese (Jackie French, Harper Collins) was celebrated at the Canberra Showcase Festival of Australian Children’s Literature. Since then, she has illustrated Grasshopper’s Dance (Julliette MacIver), Once a Creepy Crocodile (Peter Taylor), Possum’s Big Surprise (Colin Buchanan), as well as Good Dog Hank and Dinosaurs Love Cheese (Jackie French).
Other publications include: Now I Am Bigger (Sherryl Clark), No More Kisses (Margaret Wild), Boom Bah! (Phil Cummings), Elephant Dance’(Sue Whiting), Tricky Little Hippo (Jane Bowing).
In 2011, Nina moved from Sydney to Auckland, where she now illustrates and teaches everything I knows about picture book illustration online.
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