Mandy Foot

(IIlustrator and Author)

Mandy is an award winning, best selling author and illustrator of more than 25 picture books, predominantly with an Australian theme. She holds a Bachelor of Design specialising in Illustration from the University of South Australia, is an Ambassador for Raising Literacy Australia, a Role Model for Book in Homes, the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI SA branch (Society for Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) and a huge animal lover.

Mandy's career highlights include a lengthy relationship with the Adelaide Zoo Education Service, drawing enough animals to fill an encyclopedia. Her obsession with drawing, particularly animals, and giving them an abundance of personality began when she was around 2, with chalk, on her grandparents pavement (she has been told by numerous students she was drawing a giraffe or a frog or a chicken - really, they were simply wonderful scribbles). She loves sharing this with students to inspire and encourage their own creativity. 

When she is not drawing or painting, she spends time walking her two border collies (or stepping over them) and her pony Piccy, who she drew in ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’. Side note, he doesn’t really like apples but can hear a carrot crunch a mile away.

The only thing Mandy loves more than being in the studio or time with her animals, is sharing her passion of literacy, creativity and drawing with thousands of school students each year through workshops and presentations, especially during Book Week - discussing the process of creating a picture book, the roles of both author and illustrator and bringing along her sketchbook and paintings for show and tell… she may even draw a chicken.

Let the Singing Begin, Little Book Press, 2023.

Written by Mike Dumbleton.

What Snail Knows, University of Queensland, 2022. Written by Kat Apel. 

Notable CBCA, Children's Book Council of Australia 2023 Book of the Year Awards - Young Reader

The Last Dragon, National Library of Australia, 2021. Written by Charles Massy.

Winner, ACT Notable Awards Children’s Book 2021 - Big Press.

Warna-Manda Baby Earth Walk, Little Book Press, 2021. Written by Susan Betts, co-illustrated with Susan Betts.

Shortlisted, The Wilderness Society Karajia Award for Children’s Literature.

Published Titles

Bev and Kev, Little Book Press, 2022

Written by Katrina Germein

Shortlisted CBCA, Children's Book Council of Australia 2023 Book of the Year Awards - Early Childhood.

Lucy and Copper, Hachette, 2021

Esmeralda's Nest, Midnight Sun Publishing, 2020

The Hip Hop Barn, Little Book Press, 2019

written by Phil Cummings

Joey and Riley, Hachette Australia, 2019

Longlisted for Booktopia's Favourite Australian Book Award 2019

Winner of the Little Pink Dog Books Authorstrator Award 2021

Hush Say the Stars, 2018, Little Big Book Press

Shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Awards 2019

The Bush Santa, 2016, Hachette Australia

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, 2016, Hachette Australia

This Little Roo went to Market, 2015, Hachette Australia

Bums and Tums, 2015, Hachette Australia

Captain Kangaroo Saves the Day, 2014, Hachette Australia

Knick Knack Bushwack, 2014, Hachette Australia

Captain Kangaroo and the Footy Final, 2013, Hachette Australia

Shut the Duck Up!, 2013, Hachette Australia

Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash, 2012, Hachette Australia

Below Deck on the Sunken Wreck, 2012, Hachette Australia

Captain Kangaroo and the Great Balloon Race, 2012, Hachette Australia

All Set for the Big Wet, 2012, Hachette Australia

Come Fly with Captain Kangaroo, 2012, Hachette Australia

Old McDonald had a Farm, 2013, Hachette Australia

Awarded Number 1 Best Selling Children’s Book for Hachette Australia, 2013 (number 4 within Australia)

The Wheels on the Bus, 2011, Hachette Australia