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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

Finding Bunny

Bunny and Vee are best friends. They go on adventures, as best friends do, until one day, when Vee and her grandad accidentally leave Bunny behind…How will poor Bunny find her way home to Vee?

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.

This is My Dad; The perfect dad isn’t always a father

Leo has never known a father figure, but that won’t stop him from telling his class about someone cool, courageous and clever on Tell Us About Your Dad Day – someone who might not be his dad, but is his everything.

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.

The Most Magnificent Thing

Best Suited 3-7 Years
A warm hug, a loud cheer, a tickly hand, a steady hand.  Following a boy and his dad through the day we see all the ways a dad, through his actions, shows his love.    The Most Magnificent Thing is a tribute to the everyday magnificence of dads.

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