Lisa Shanahan is an internationally published writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Her novel for teenagers, My Big Birkett was published to critical acclaim in Australia, where it was shortlisted for the 2007 CBCA Book of the Year for Older Readers and in the United States, where it was a 2008 New York Public Library Best Book for the Teen Age.
Her picture book, Bear and Chook by the Sea (ill. Emma Quay) won the CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood in 2010 and her latest book, the middle-grade novel, The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler, received the 2017 Queensland Literary Award for Children’s Fiction and was also shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year for Younger Readers. Her most recent picture book, Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (ill. by Binny) was a 2018 CBCA Honour Book of the Year for Early Childhood. Lisa lives in Sydney, with her husband and their three sons. She relishes writing for young people and is incredibly grateful to be doing what she loves. lisashanahan.com