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Lisa Shanahan


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Lisa Shanahan was born and grew up in Sydney, where she spent a whole chunk of her childhood imagining that aliens had landed on earth and invaded all the bodies of all the humans she met, including her mum. When she was not skulking around the neighbourhood, with an invisible laser gun in her school uniform pocket, intent on saving the world, she could be found pretending to be a mermaid in her backyard swimming pool or fighting pirates on the Spanish galleons floating down the Georges River, loaded up with gold doubloons. 

These days, Lisa is an award-winning writer of picture books and fiction for young people. Some of her well-loved picture books include Big Pet Day (ill. Gus Gordon), The Whole Caboodle (ill. Leila Rudge) and the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year for Early Childhood, Bear and Chook by the Sea (ill. Emma Quay.) Her most recent novel, The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler received the 2017 Queensland Literary Award for Children’s Fiction and was shortlisted in the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards for Younger Readers. Her most recent picture book, Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! (ill. Binny Talib) was a 2018 CBCA Honour Book of the Year for Early Childhood and was shortlisted in the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards for Children’s Fiction. 

Lisa loves moon-gazing, making up words, black cockatoos, hot cups of tea and shouts of unexpected laughter. She continues to lives in Sydney, near the river of her childhood, with her husband, their three sons, one flouncy, bouncy spoodle and as far as she knows, no sneaky undercover aliens. 

Presentation Info

P-3 sessions – Lisa’s energetic and interactive sessions for younger students will explore her books Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee, Bear and Chook by the Sea, Big Pet Day, and My Mum Tarzan. Students will discover the glorious, sneaky magic of picture books, where the best ideas for stories come from and how picture books are made from first seed to final story. 

4-6 sessions – Lisa’s interactive and inspiring sessions for older students will explore her books Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee, Daddy’s Having a Horse and The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler. Students will discover how to listen and look for stories in the real world, how to create crackling characters, how the visual text really works in a picture book and how to welcome messy first drafts and feedback.

Ipswich Family Program
Grand Adventures with Bear and Chook
Join award-winning author Lisa Shanahan, for an energetic, interactive story time session, with those two funny, special friends Bear and Chook.

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