Amanda spent much of her childhood daydreaming, drawing pictures and riding ponies, while growing up on the leafy edges of Brisbane, Australia.

As the daughter of a comic strip artist/screen printer and art supply retailer, Amanda's early storytelling and picture book making antics were greatly encouraged and supported. Her scribbles were often found on reams of t-shirt card, in school books and occasionally appeared mischievously on blackboards.

One of many school book scribbles

Amanda's dream of creating picture books was further motivated in primary school after receiving Best Story award for a regional Story Book Writing Competition during Book Week of 1986. Recognition for her art continued throughout her secondary years by receiving the Minister's Awards for Excellence in Art Education certificate two years running.

Inevitably, Amanda went on to study at Queensland College of Art and began her career as a creative. After many years of working in graphic design and art direction, Amanda's dream for creating picture books was reignited when she had children of her own.

Amanda first turned her attention to illustrating children's books in 2013 and has since illustrated, Jonathan! written by Peter Carnavas (Feb 2014), Onesie Mumsie written by Alice Rex (April 2015), Take Ted Instead written by Cassandra Webb (April 2016) and That Christmas Feeling written by Lili Wilkinson, which will be released with Allen and Unwin in 2017.
More recently, Amanda moved back to the leafy edges of Brisbane, where she lives among the gum trees with her husband, three children and a very bouncy dog.
Achievements
Take Ted Instead ~ Written by Cassandra Webb, Illustrated by Amanda Francey and published with New Frontier Publishing was listed Children's Book Council of Australia, Notable Book (Early Childhood) 2017.
Jonathan! ~ Written by Peter Carnavas, Illustrated by Amanda Francey and published with New Frontier Publishing was shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award (3 to 5 years) 2014.
Member of
CBCA Children's Book Council of Australia
SCBWI Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators
ASA Australian Society of Authors
Unspectacular quirks
Amanda's fiercely afraid of harmless moths and only a teeny afraid of deadly spiders.
She dislikes screaming frogs so always dunks chocolate Freddos head first into tea.
Interviews
Children's Writers & Illustrators Newsletter - PASS IT ON
New Frontier Publishing News - Spotlight on Amanda Francey
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