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Nicky Johnston
Author | Illustrator | Primary (All Years)

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.  

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Books by Nicky Johnston

Coco the Big City Kitty

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Once there was a small kitten named Coco. Coco lived on the top floor of the tallest building on Meowington Avenue. Her days were filled with action, excitement, noise and activity. And nothing made Coco happier than being a Big City Kitty.

Coco and the Butterfly

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Coco and her family have moved to a new home in the country. Coco is missing the big busy city. Tabby Valley has no buzz at all if you don’t count the bugs (Number 1 on her Least Favourite Things List). But Coco is about to find out that change can be full of beautiful surprises.

Coco and the Bee

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Coco is loving her new life in Tabby Valley There are magical seeds to plant in the garden, and new friends to make. But when Coco meets a bee, and then a boy called Max, Coco realises that things aren’t always what you think they might be. In this third tail, oops, tale, Coco’s world expands as she makes new friends, learns how to grow strawberries, and finds out that nature, and people, can surprise in delightful, and delightfully sweet ways.

Amira’s Suitcase

Best Suited 3-6 years
It begins with a tiny seed growing inside a suitcase. With Amira’s care, the tiny seed starts to sprout. Find out what happens when kindness flourishes . . . Amira’s Suitcase is a gentle, thought-provoking tale about friendship and hope.

The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp

Best Suited for ages 6 – 10 years old
Most children would say that the ocean is blue, but when Bowen looks at it he sees white where the waves crash, deep black on the ocean floor, and green when there’s a storm. Learn how Bowen goes from struggling to fit in with his peers to finding his place in the world in this inspirational story about the power of thinking differently.

Upside-Down Friday

Best Suited for ages 5+ Years
Upside-Down Fridays turn Hugo the monkey’s routine into chaos and fill his tummy with butterflies. Find out how he discovers the fun in change with this story about the power of friendship. With emotive language and unique ‘upside-down’ illustrations, Upside-Down Friday is the perfect resource for building emotional resilience in children.

Piper Picks the Perfect Pet

Best Suits  3 to 9 years
My dad says I can choose a pet, but I’m not sure which pet to get. A dog, a cat, a fish, a rat? How can Piper pick the perfect pet when there are so many appealing possibilities? ‘Caroline Tuohey and Nicky Johnston’s book will appeal to all animal lovers, especially families that have pets or might be in the market for one. Johnston’s illustrations are simple and non-fussy, depicting an array of adorable animals being considered for adoption.

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