Press Bio

Lisa Shanahan is an award-winning writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Some of her well-loved books include ‘Gordon’s Got a Snookie’ (ill. Wayne Harris) and ‘Bear and Chook’ and ‘Daddy’s Having a Horse’ (ill. Emma Quay.) Her young adult novel ‘My Big Birkett’ was published to critical acclaim in Australia, where it was shortlisted for the 2007 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers and in the United States, where it was a 2008 New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age. Her picture book, ‘Bear and Chook by the Sea’ (ill. Emma Quay) won the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood and ‘Big Pet Day’ (ill. Gus Gordon) was the 2015 Speech Pathology Book of the Year for 5-8-year-olds. Her latest novel, ‘The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler’ received the 2017 Queensland Literary Award for Children’s Fiction, the 2018 Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award for 8-12-year-olds and was shortlisted in the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers. Her most recent picture book, ‘Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee!’ (ill. Binny Talib) was a 2018 CBCA Honour Book of the Year for Early Childhood and was also shortlisted in the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction.

When Lisa is not writing picture books or novels, she can be found visiting schools and festivals across Australia, inspiring young people of all ages to discover the real wonder and power of stories, particularly their own.