Jackie French

Jackie French

Jackie French AM is an award-winning writer, wombat negotiator and was the Australian Children's Laureate for 2014-2015 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to children's literature and her advocacy for youth literacy. She is regarded as one of Australia's most popular children's authors, and writes across all genres - from picture books, history, fantasy, ecology and sci-fi to her much loved historical fiction. 'Share a Story' was the primary philosophy behind Jackie's two-year term as Laureate.

Title List 
  • Diary of a Wombat 
  • Hitlers Daughter 
  • Dippy and the Dinosaurs 
  • Pete the Sheep 
  • The Shaggy Gully Times 
  • To Love a Sunburnt Country 
  • The Girl from Snowy River


Tom Appleby, Convict Boy  - "I must have read Tom Appleby more times than any other book I own, it certainly is one of my most favourites. A deeply touching read that shows how even under the more dire and difficult circumstances one can rise up and survive. At a tender age of 8 years old Tom, who has become a chimney sweep, is convicted of stealing and sentenced to deportation to Botany Bay. What lies ahead of him is 8 harrowing months at sea on a tiny boat, going to a mysteries place no white man has settled before....Australia. Will he have the strength and skills to survive this new unknown land? The first time I read this book I was astounded. I learnt so much about London and early Australian settlement in a short 280 page young adult book, than I would in a non fiction book. This was because I felt a personal connection with the main character and also the quality of the author's writing is of such a high standard. It is compelling but  also written in a manner that both adults and young adults can follow and enjoy this marvellous historical fiction book."
- Amorette, QBD Charlestown

Jackie French's Books

Books