Photo courtesy author and illustrator Christina Booth
Children's author and illustrator Christina Booth has a prodigious output of work, from her own writing and illustrating to illustrations she creates for other writers' publications.
When we here at SWWT first met her in 2007, she had just released her own written and illustrated book Purinina, a devil's tale. Since that time Christina has gone
on to illustrate numerous books and is just about to launch yet another story written for children, Welcome Home.
Living and growing up on Tasmania's East
Coast, at St Helens, Christina took delight in the local library which only opened in the evenings. One of her favourite writers was Colin Thiele (1920-2006), author of the classic Australian children's novel, Storm Boy.
How serendipitous it must have been when Christina, her husband and young family were living in Wagga Wagga. Here she had found a small publishing house that by pure chance also published Colin Thiele
- and he'd requested Christina illustrate Sun Warm Memories, a children's poetry book based on the author's childhood memories of life in country South Australia. Sun Warm Memories was published by Triple D Books in 2003. Interestingly,
the poems are meant to be performed, read aloud.
All the following books are an example of those Christina has had a hand in bringing to life through her artistic creations,
when the characters imagined by the writer become real in the images created by the illustrator:
Publisher Triple D Books: Poetry All Sorts, written by Max Fatchen;
See What I've Got, poetry written by Bill Scott; Sun Warm Memories, poetry Colin Thiele; Nest Egg, poetry Christobel Mattingley; Celebrate: the End of Year Reciter, various poets.
Publisher Lothian Children's Books: Purinina, A Devil's Tale, written and illustrated by Christina Booth.
Windy Hollow Books: In The Deep Green Jungle, written by Angie Lionetto-Civa; In The Deep Blue Sea, written by Angie Lionetto-Civa; No Noise At Our House, Meredith Costain.
Publisher the National Museum of Australia Press: The Day I Was History, written by Jackie French.
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