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Mark Wilson
Author | Illustrator | Prep- Year 12

Mark Wilson is a multiple award-winning author/illustrator with 24 children’s books in print worldwide, in 14 languages. Mark grew up with a love of comics, drawing, rock music, Australian history and endangered species – exploring most of these themes through his writing, illustrating, paintings and workshops. He has won many Awards for children’s literature, including ten CBCA Awards, four Wilderness Society Awards, the 3rd C.J. Picture Book International Award, the 2011 Dromkeen Medal for Services to Children’s Literature. He also won a 2023 CBCA award for Votes for Women! The Story of Nellie, Rose and Mary.

He hopes his books and workshops encourage students to study not only their own family history, but also Australian history, as well as native species and conservation.

My grade 4 students were so engaged and very eager to share what they had learnt with our principal when she dropped by. I can’t wait to see the writing they produce after this. My students considered it an honor and privilege to meet Mark.
-Heathdale Christian College, Melton

Books by Mark Wilson

The Snowy Owl Scientist

Best Suited 10+ Years
Are the snowy owls in trouble Venture into the Alaskan arctic and the summer realm of these predator birds to find out. Discover the diverse species necessary to owl survival, how climate change is affecting the landscape of their nesting site of past millennia, and what it takes to do field research in this action-packed addition to the award-winning Scientists in the Field series.
It’s July on Alaska’s North Slope, and scientist Denver Holt is in Utqiagvik surveying nests. Denver has been coming here since 1992, and the snowy owls he studies have been coming here much longer: thousands of years.
With its mix of coastal, low-elevation tundra and a rich presence of lemmings, the North Slope is the only area in Alaska where snowy owls regularly nest. How do snowy owls decide where they will nest How do they manage to arrive at locations where food will be abundant What drives the success of these delicate tundra ecosystems These are the mysteries Denver is trying to solve to help ensure a bright future for these elegant hunters.

Votes for Women! The story of Nellie and Rose

Best Suited 6 – 10 years
From award-winning author and illustrator Mark Wilson, a stirring story of the women who first won the right to vote in Australia – inspired by real people and historical events In 1890, Rose Birks and her stepdaughter, Nellie, two strong-willed and determined women, began writing letters and attending meetings to help improve the lives of women and children in their home city of Adelaide. They soon found themselves part of a movement that would change the lives of women everywhere. Through their friendship with the famous female suffragist Mary Lee, they petitioned politicians and lawmakers – and in 1896 they became the first women in Australia to vote in an election. Votes for Women! tells their story.

Subbie and his mate

Best Suite 9-12 Years
Winning the Melbourne Cup was just the beginning for Subzero and his best mate Graham Salisbury. Never has there been a greater bond between man and horse. What they did together will touch your heart. Both words and illustrations will touch your heart and stay with you long after the final page is turned. ‘He makes friends wherever he goes. That’s why people love him.’ – Graham Salisbury

Tupaia, Isaac and Cook The Search for the ‘Great South Land’

Best Suited 6-9 years
There are as many mistruths as there are truths about James Co ok and his famous first Voyage of discovery, including his secret orders to find the mythical ‘Great Southern Continent’. This book shows a new side to this voyage. Cook may never have stumbled onto the South East coast of Australia at all, if it had not been for a young Raiatean master Navigator named Tupaia. He came on board the ship Endeavour when it was in Tahitian waters, and essentially piloted the ship through much of the Pacific. He facilitated communication with the First Nation peoples they met, particularly in New Zealand, and on more than one occasion, saved Cook and his entourage from being massacred. This book does not document all that happened on that voyage. I t puts into perspective the importance of Tupaia to the voyage that changed the course of history, and altered forever the lives of many people throughout the Pacific.

Rachel’s War The Story of an Australian WWI Nurse

Best Suited for age 6+ years
Growing up on a farm in country Victoria, all Rachel wants is to help people. When war comes, she travels to distant Europe and the Middle East, working tirelessly to care for wounded and sick soldiers from the battlefields of Gallipoli and the Western Front. Inspired by the life of Rachel Pratt, a World War I Australian army nurse who was awarded the Military Medal for bravery, this is an incredible story of bravery and sacrifice.

A New Prayer for the Animals

Best suited 5 to 12 years
A New Prayer for the Animals is a message of hope for animals across the world. The book contains information on each of the animals and includes at the end, a brief description of how they are threatened.

All of Us

Best Suited for ages 8+ years
A stunning non-fiction picture book that explores the history of South East Asia.  Join two children as they journey through the history of Southeast Asia.

Eureka! A story of the goldfields

Best suited 6-10 years
Molly and her father have emigrated to Australia to try their luck as gold prospectors in Ballarat, Victoria. Life on the diggings is hard and not everyone on the goldfields is friendly.  Before long, they are caught up in a protest that will become known as the Eureka Rebellion – a legendary battle that will profoundly affect them all.

Beth: The Story of a Convict Child

Best Suited for ages 8-12 years
Beth is a child convict, caught stealing on the streets of London and sent to Australia on the First Fleet. Through Beth’s story, we discover the unbearable hardships those first convicts suffered, not only on the long journey to Sydney Cove but also in the two years of near-famine following their arrival.

Digger: The Dog Who Went to War

Best Suited for ages 5-9 years
Matthew, a young Australian soldier, smuggles his beloved dog, Digger, onto the troop ship when he leaves to fight in World War One.

Flapper, VC

Best Suited for ages 6-10 years
FLAPPER, VC is based on the true story of an Australian carrier pigeon during World War II. Raised and trained in Australia, Flapper is sent off to war in the Pacific. While on patrol deep in the jungle, Flapper’s unit find themselves surrounded by enemy troops.

Journey of the Sea Turtle

Best Suited for ages 3-6 years
Following the journey of an Australian sea turtle hatchling, from the beach of her birth and the predators there, to the dangers she faces at sea.

Migaloo, the White Whale

Best Suited for ages 7+ years
In the warm tropical waters off the north Australian coast, a very special whale is born: Migaloo, the only all-white humpback whale in the world.

Never Lose Hope – The Story of Australia’s First School

Best Suited for ages 6+ years
John is a child convict, transported to New South Wales for stealing a shirt.  Starving and alone, he is taken in by Australia’s first schoolteacher, Isabella Rosson. In her simple classroom, John learns to read and write and soon becomes her star pupil – until he is discovered by the soldiers and again sent away in chains.

Rats of Tobruk

Best Suited for ages 7+ years
When a Bedouin boy, Omar, is separated from his family in Libya during WW2, he makes his way to the coast to look for them.

The Last Tree

Best Suited for ages 4-8 Years
The Last Tree is a story about a beautiful old eucalyptus tree that grew tall and strong over many years. It was the centre of life in the forest and provided food and shelter for many forest dwellers. But what happens when the tree is threatened as the surrounding forest slowly disappears? The Last Tree is a companion volume to Prayer for the animal.

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