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Jan Ramage has been teaching children for over 25 years. She also writes children’s picture books.
Jan has had many successes with her first story Eyes in the Night, illustrated by Laura Peterson, being accepted for publication by UWA Press, she won a CBCA Crichton Honour Award (for new talent in the field of Australian children’s book illustration), and she was short-listed for a Wilderness Award for Children’s Literature. Her second book Tuart Dwellers, illustrated by Ellen Hickman, won the 2009 Wilderness Environment Award, was short-listed for the CBCA Eve Pownall Award and chosen as a notable book in the picture book category.
“Writing Tuart Dwellers was intimately connected to my childhood as my father had planted a tiny seedling in our back garden when I was just a baby. I grew up with that tuart and even built my first cubby house in its branches. So I was very much a ‘tuart dweller’.”
Jan's third book, Stranded is set around the world’s first successful rescue of 120 false killer whales by over 1500 people off the Western Australian coast in 2005. Her most recent book Deepsea Whale Rescue (illustrated by Mark Wilson) is also based on a true account of a pod of killer whales. In 2013, this engaging book has won the 'Whitley Award for Children's Picture Book', awarded by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW.
"Sharing my passion for the environment through the medium of picture books has fulfilled my dreams of writing for children and for helping to promote an awareness of our endangered wildlife and wilderness areas.”