Jane Godwin


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Jane Godwin is the highly acclaimed author of over thirty books for children, across all styles and ages. Her work is published internationally and she has received many commendations.

Jane's most recent novels for 12 – 14 year olds are When Rain Turns to Snow (shortlisted for the 2021 CBC Book of the Year Award, Older Readers, and the Prime Minister’s Literary Award, YA category), and As Happy as Here. Her most recent picture books are Sing Me the Summer, illustrated by Alison Lester, Little One, illustrated by Gabriel Evans, and Tilly, illustrated by Anna Walker and shortlisted for the 2020 CBC Picture Book of the Year Award. Jane and Anna have created eight bestselling picture books together – Little Cat and the Big Red Bus, All Through the Year, Today We Have No Plans, Starting School, What Do You Wish For?, Go Go and the Silver Shoes, Tilly, and Don’t Forget (published in April 2021). They are currently working on their ninth collaboration.

Jane was the Children’s Publisher at Penguin Books Australia for many years and worked with authors and illustrators including Alison Lester, Paul Jennings, Graeme Base, Ursula Dubosarsky, Terry Denton, Margaret Wild, Sofie Laguna, Freya Blackwood, Andrew Joyner, Marc Martin and many more. Along with her friend Davina Bell, Jane is the creator of Our Australian Girl, a highly successful series of quality historical fiction for middle readers. Jane has produced books for a wide range of readers, from very young children through to Young Adult and crossover titles.

Jane spends as much time as she can working with young people in schools and communities, running various literature and writing programs, making books and encouraging students in their own creative ventures.  She is dedicated to pursuing quality and enriching reading and writing experiences for young people, whether it’s as a writer, a publisher or a speaker/facilitator in schools.

Jane lives in Melbourne with her partner, Michael.  They have two adult children.

Published Titles

Little One, Affirm Press, 2021

Arno And His Horse, Scribble, 2021

Don't Forget, Penguin Books, 2021

Sing Me the Summer, Affirm Press, 2020

When Rain Turns to Snow, Hachette, 2020

I'll Always be Older than You, Hardie Grant, 2020

Tilly, Scholastic, 2019

One blue shoe, Affirm Press, 2019

As happy as here, Lothian Children's Books, 2019

Ivanhoe Swift left home at six, Allen & Unwin, 2019

Watch this! A book about making shapes, Scribe Publications, 2018

Monster party, Magabala Books, 2018

Birthday baby, Allen & Unwin, 2018

Red house, blue house, green house, treehouse, Affirm Press, 2018

The Silver Sea, Affirm Press, 2018

Go Go and the silver shoes, Penguin Australia, 2018

How big is too small? Penguin Australia, 2016

Today we have no plans, Penguin Australia, 2016

Hattie helps out, Allen & Unwin, 2016

Bear makes den, Allen & Unwin, 2016

with Michael Wagner

What do you wish for? Penguin Australia, 2015

Starting School, Penguin Australia, 2013

  All through the year, Penguin Australia, 2010

  Falling from grace, Penguin Australia, 2006