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Tanya Batt

Tanya_Batt_1.jpgTanya Batt is a self-confessed story-o-phile and frock-o-holic. She was born in New Zealand, grew up in Australia, and has been roaming the world telling stories ever since. Her love of stories and storytelling is expressed through both performance and writing. Tanya specialises in the retelling of traditional tales and quirky variants on the ordinary. She believes stories remind us that there is always an unaccountable amount of mystery and magic in the world we live in. Tanya has written several books about imaginative play and dance for Playcentre.

Selected bibliography:
  • The Fabrics of Fairytale: Stories Spun from Far and Wide illustrated by Rachel Griffin (Barefoot Books 2000).
  • The Terrible Q illustrated by Trevor Pye (Scholastic 2001).
  • A Child's Book of Faeries illustrated by Gail Newey (Barefoot Books 2002). 
  • The Faery's Gift illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli (Barefoot Books 2003).
  • The Princess and the White Bear King illustrated by Nicoletta Ceccoli. (Barefoot Books 2004).
  • Catching Fish illustrated by Natalia Vasquez (Clean Slate Press 2012).
  • My Dad's a Dragon Catcher illustrated by Helen Bacon (Clean Slate Press 2012).
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2002 Picture Books List for The Terrible Q.
  • Storylines Notable Book Awards 2005 Picture Books List for The Princess and the White Bear King.
  • Storylines Joy Cowley Award 2010 Finalist.

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Page checked and updated February 2013.


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