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Jane Buxton

Jane Buxton was born in Otaki and grew up in Whanganui, always knowing that one day she’d be a writer. After attending Teachers’ College in Palmerston North, she moved to Canterbury and has never left. For 20 years she taught at Tamariki School. She kept horses, donkeys, llamas and alpacas during this time and also wrote children’s books as well as articles for lifestyle magazines. Naturally, many of Jane’s stories and articles were about animals.
In 2002 Jane became a full-time writer and has now written more than 140 pieces for the School Journal and about 150 books for the education market. She’s also had nine trade books published, the most recent being Harry’s Hair and The Runaway Toilet. Jane currently lives at Amberley Beach and works in a sunny, upstairs writing room overlooking the sea.

 Selected bibliography:
  • The Red Overalls illustrated by Kath Algie (Kidsaurus 1976, republished by Concept 1985).
  • Down to the Shop illustrated by Claire Bowes (Reed 1994).
  • The Fleas: Four Tales from the Dog's Back illustrated by Dick Frizzell (Spring Books 1994).
  • Donkey Dust illustrated by Penelope Newman (Mallinson Rendel 1997).
  • The Littlest Llama illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Mallinson Rendel 2006).
  • The Little Penguin Who Wouldn't Eat His Dinner illustrated by Philip Webb (Reed 2006).
  • Ria the Reckless Wrybill illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Penguin 2010).
  • Harry's Hair illustrated by Jenny Cooper (Puffin 2011).
  • The Runaway Toilet illustrated by Richard Hoit (Puffin 2013).
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2011 Picture Books List for Ria the Reckless Wrybill.

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Page checked and updated February 2013.


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