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Nina Roycroft

Nina Rycroft-26In 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.

Selected bibliography:
  • Little Platypus by Nette Hilton (Koala Books, 2000)
  • Tricky Little Hippo by Jane Bowring (Koala Books, 2005)
  • Elephant Dance by Sue Whiting  (Koala Books, 2007)
  • Boom Bah! by Phil Cummings (Working Title Press, 2008)
  • Ballroom Bonanza (Working Title Press, 20010)
  • No More Kisses by Margaret Wild (Little Hare, 2010)
  • Now I Am Bigger by Sherryl Clark (Working Title Press, 2011)
  • Pooka By Carol Chataway  (Working Title Press, 2012)
  • Dinosaurs Love Cheese by Jackie French (Harper Collins, 2013)
  • Good Dog Hank by Jackie French (Harper Collins, 2014)
  • Possum's Big Surprise by Colin Buchanan (Scholastic, 2014)
  • Once a Creepy Crocodile by Peter Taylor (Five Mile Press, 2015)
  • Grasshoppers Dance by Juliette MacIver (Scholastic NZ, 2015)
  • CBCA Notable Book, 2001 for Little Platypus
  • Finalist in the CJ International Picture Book Awards 2010 for Ballroom Bonanza
  • Won the YABBA (Young Australian Best Book Award 2013) for Pooka
Other resources
  • www.ninarycroft.com


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