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Nicky Johnston
Author | Illustrator | Primary (All Years)

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Nicky is a mum to four boys, an artist, a primary educator and a children’s book author and illustrator. She is based in Melbourne and as well as teaching, she works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio. Her picture books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!The Fix-It Man, Grandma Forgets and Saying Goodbye to Barkley.  

She loves visiting schools, sharing her journey of becoming a successful author and illustrator, inspiring students to become writers and illustrators themselves.  


Books by Nicky Johnston

Under the Same Sky

Best Suited for ages 5-10 years
Two children on opposite sides of the world crave friendship. Is it possible to be friends across the miles?

Saying Goodbye to Barkley

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
Olivia and her dog Barkley are inseparable. He’s her sidekick, her partner in crime-fighting – they’re the perfect pair. But then, Barkley dies and Olivia is heartbroken.

Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!

Best Suited for ages 3-10 years
Bayden is an intelligent, confident and courageous boy. Yet his worry thoughts can be quite unbearable.

The Fix-It Man

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
A young girl believes her father can fix anything, but following the death of her mother, she discovers that broken hearts are not as easy to repair as torn toys or cracked teapots.

Grandma Forgets

Best Suited for ages 6-8 years
The heart-warming story of a family bound by love as they cope with their grandma’s dementia.

At the End of Holyrood Lane

Best Suited for ages 4-8 years
Flick is just like any other youngster. She loves to chase butterflies and jump in autumn leaves. But life at the end of Holyrood Lane is often violent and unpredictable due to the constant storms that plague her home.

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