Amanda writes and illustrates picture books and short stories for young children. Her first book, Arthur, appeared in 1984. In 1985 it won the UK Children’s Federation Award and was short-listed for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award. It was also a Junior Literacy Guild selection in the USA.
Amanda has written dozens of titles for WINGS Literacy, Traditional Tales and the Deep End series. She is also the illustrator of many of these books. Her latest releases are three titles for the WINGS Science series, proving that Amanda is adept at writing both nonfiction and fiction.
Amanda’s first career choice was teaching. While studying for a Bachelor of Education at Sturt CAE (now Flinders University) she began writing stories for young children. After having several books published, she studied illustration at the University of South Australia and has since illustrated many books.
Amanda’s career has included work as a primary school teacher, waiter, barperson, out-of-school-hours care coordinator, piano player, freelance illustrator and illustration/drawing lecturer.
Her books have been translated into Afrikaans, Chinese, Danish, Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Russian, Sámi (3 dialects), Swedish and Ukrainian and sold in 43 countries so far.
Amanda works from her home in Mylor, South Australia, which she shares with husband, Michael, their three children, Joseph, Jessica and Angus, and Scrappy, the dog.