Jane’s most recent novels for 12 – 14 year olds are When Rain Turns to Snow (2020) and As Happy as Here (2019), and her most recent picture books are Tilly, illustrated by Anna Walker and shortlisted for the 2020 CBC Picture Book of the Year Award, and I’ll Always be Older than You, illustrated by Sara Acton. Jane has a new picture book with Alison Lester coming in November 2020, and is working on a new teen novel for 2021.
Anna Walker and Jane have created seven bestselling picture books together – Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans, Starting School, What Do You Wish For?, Go Go and the Silver Shoes, and Tilly. They are currently working on their eighth book together.
Jane was the Children’s Publisher at Penguin Books Australia for many years and worked with authors and illustrators including Alison Lester, Paul Jennings, Graeme Base, Ursula Dubosarsky, Terry Denton, Margaret Wild, Sofie Laguna, Freya Blackwood, Andrew Joyner, Marc Martin and many more. Along with her friend Davina Bell, Jane is the creator of Our Australian Girl, a highly successful series of quality historical fiction for middle readers. Jane has produced books for a wide range of readers, from very young children through to Young Adult and crossover titles.
Jane spends as much time as she can working with young people in schools and communities, running various literature and writing programs, making books and encouraging students in their own creative ventures. She is dedicated to pursuing quality and enriching reading and writing experiences for young people, whether it’s as a writer, a publisher or a speaker/facilitator in schools.
Jane lives in Melbourne with her partner, Michael. They have two adult children.