Frane Lessac

Frané Lessac is an Author/Illustrator of international renown who has well over 40 published books to her credit.  Her first book, My Little Island, became a Reading Rainbow feature book. The accolade: Books for Children (Library of Congress) Reading Rainbow Feature Book.

Frané has won numerous prizes and awards for her illustrating including the Western Australian Premier's Book Award for 2002 for The Legend of Moondyne Joe and Simpson and his Donkey was awarded the CBCA Eve Pownall Book of the Year.  A number of her paintings are part of private collections worldwide, and she has exhibited her work in international galleries.

Born in New Jersey, Frané Lessac now lives with her husband, author and musician Mark Greenwood, and their son Luke and daughter Cody, in Fremantle, Western Australia.  She studied at the New School for Social Research in New York City, the University of Southern California, and Ethnographic Film at UCLA in California.

Frané loves to travel and to work on books based on her worldwide journeys.  Travelling is a major source of inspiration for her work as she renders her impressions of a country and its way of life in oil and gouache paintings.  Her greatest ambition is to instill pride and self-esteem in children about their unique heritage and their own ability to capture it in pictures and words.

Frané Lessac is a dynamic presenter and her optimism, humour and eye for detail is evident in the wealth of stories she has to tell.  Picture books co-created with Mark Greenwood include Ned Kelly and the Green Sash and The Greatest Liar on Earth and Midnight – the story of a light horse, which were both launched at The Literature Centre with much drama and excitement.  Recently, Frané has published Drummer Boy of John John and A is for Australia.

Frané (and husband Mark) were guest presenters at the 2013 Celebrate Reading National Conference - The Inside Story on Quality Australian Literature for Children, held at The Literature Centre.  She continues to be one of Australia’s most popular and much-loved illustrators and presenters in the world of children’s literature.

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