Monday 23rd October - Jumior Primary School Presenters

Mandy Foot


Mandy Foot is a self-proclaimed animal nut and horse lover and works from her studio in the Adelaide Hills. Her picture books for Lothian include the very popular Captain Kangaroo series and the bestsellers The Wheels on the Bus and Old MacDonald had a Farm.

‘The obsession with drawing animals and giving them an abundance of personality started when I was about 2 as far as I can remember... with chalk, on my grandparents pavement. Only then they didn’t look like animals or anything much for that matter’.

After graduating from the University of South Australia in 1992 with a Bachelor of Design (Illustration), a beeline for the Adelaide Zoo marked the beginning of a career as a freelance illustrator and a relationship spanning over a decade, drawing enough animals to fill an encyclopaedia. That passion for animals is now displayed by Mandy in her published picture books that each have a predominantly Australian theme.

Mandy was also the creator of our fabulous logo.


Storytelling through pictures - bringing characters to life. Mandy’s talk will be educational, lively and interactive. She will also be reading a story and sharing part of the process she works through to create her world of picture books.

Kelly Hibbert


Kelly’s debut picture book, Fancy Pants, was published by the Little Big Book Club in 2016. Over 20,000 preschool children from across South Australia received a copy of Fancy Pants, which was recently shortlisted in the Speech Pathology Book of the Year awards.

As a part time relief teacher, Kelly is keen to read books and talk about writing with students from many preschools and primary schools. Much of her inspiration comes from the extraordinary children she meets or the everyday events which happen in the home she shares with two terrific boys.

Her next picture book is due for release in 2018 with HarperCollins.


In this interactive session, Kelly plans to twist an existing story by playing around with rhyme. She will also read Fancy Pants and may be able to convince Dingo to make an appearance.

Tania Ingram


Tania Ingram is a South Australian author of children’s picture books and novels. Her first picture book, Dog on Log, was published by Omnibus-Scholastic in 2013.

My Teacher's Big Bad Secret, the first book in the Jinny & Cooper series was published in February 2016, and was shortlisted in that year’s Speech Pathology Book of the Year Awards. Book #2, Revenge of the Stone Witch was also published in February 2016 while Books #3, Curse of the Genie's Ring and #4, Search for the Sea Bogle, followed in September 2016. 

Tania also has an Aussie Mates book for junior readers, The Great Barbie Disaster, which was published in November 2016 and a picture book, Oma's Buttons due for Publication in 2018. 

She lives in the Adelaide Hills with her husband and daughter, two guinea pigs, three elderly chickens and a fish called Bionic Mouth. 


The Stories Behind the Stories: Where do authors come up with their story ideas? Discover how Tania uses her own life experiences to write fun and engaging stories and learn the number one trick for turning ideas into adventures.

Mike Lucas


Mike Lucas has written and published five anthologies of nonsense poetry, each containing 99 poems, because 100 is far too sensible. He has had some work highly commended in Caterpillar magazine and contributed to Tadpoles in the Torrens, dedicated to Max Fatchen. He also had some work selected by US Poet Laureate, Kenn Nesbitt, which appeared in One Minute Till Bedtime by Little Brown, published in the US in 2016. His first picture book, Olivia’s Voice was published by MidnightSun Publishing in March 2017 and he has more picture books due for release in 2018 and 2019. He owns and runs a bookshop, writes for Magpies magazine and often visits schools and libraries for readings. He is also a full time engineer.


Perfect Poems: Mike will bereading some of his funny poetry and talking about words, letters and monsters and how to use them to make your own poetry.

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