I am an Australian children's writer of fiction and nonfiction, including picture books, information books, poems, articles and short stories. Some of my books have been recognised for awards, including the Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature and Whitley Awards. A former zoologist and zookeeper, I most often write about animals and nature-related topics. I hope to encourage a love of reading, learning and nature in my readers. I live in Melbourne, Australia with my husband, daughter and big, black dog, Banjo.