Frané Lessac is a West Australian with over 40 award-winning children’s books published throughout the world. She grew up in a small town outside of New York City and had many pets as a child, including; a monkey, snakes and a camel. Since she was little, it was a dream to become an artist. In the meantime, she worked many jobs including being a projectionist at the California Malibu cinema, fertilising cactus with a silver spoon at a desert nursery and working as a chauffeur in Beverly Hills and where she got her finger stuck in the steering wheel of the car and had to have the fire department help get it out. Frané has served on the executive committee of the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), was the inaugural West Australian Regional Advisor for Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI) for Australia West. She was the West Australian State Ambassador for the National Year of Reading, an Ambassador for both Room to Read and Books in Homes. In 2010, she received the Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. Frané’s latest books include Under the Southern Cross and the highly awarded, We Are Grateful:Ostaliheliga, which has been awarded the 2018 Orbis Pictus Honor Book and is a 2019 Sibert Honor book in the USA.
The Art of the Story
A fun infotainment session where Frané Lessac will show the origins and inspirations for ideas and share the process of blending words and art into books. Students will gain insight into the crafting of stories through words and images that celebrate our past, our country and cultures from around the world. Frané will draw a picture for the students to take back to their classroom. A fantastic way for children to meet a published author and illustrator and learn about the process involved in creating picture books.