Margaret Wild

Margaret Wild is one of Australia's most highly respected picture-book creators whose award-winning children's books are loved by children all over the world. Margaret has published over seventy picture books for young children and she has been the recipient of the Nan Chauncy Award and the Lady Cutler Award for her contributions to Australian children's literature. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards.


From Margaret
'[When I worked for a wage] my writing was done in snatches, or at night when I wasn't too tired. Once I turned to writing full-time I felt ready to attempt much longer books for older readers. In 2001 my first young adult novel, Jinx, was published.  It was a new challenge for me - all those words! - but I also had a feeling of freedom as I could write about subjects that are not suitable for younger readers. However, as I have a baby grandson, I am seeing the world through his eyes, so I am still enjoying writing books for the very young as well.

'I work at a desk in my bedroom, because from my window I can see two bridges, reflections in the bay, sparrows on the telephone line, and city buildings in the distance. I like having my bed so close-by - if I get stuck when I'm writing, I simply have a bit of a lie down, and somehow the problems sort themselves out. On the wall near my desk, I have one of Ron Brooks' beautiful, tender pictures from Rosie and Tortoise. I love looking at it, and it inspires me to keep on trying to write better.

'Although I mainly work on computer, I always carry a small notebook wherever I go. I jot down ideas, images, bits of stories. I hardly ever refer back to my notebooks, but writing things down helps to fix them in my memory.

'I feel very lucky to be a writer. As long as I have pen and paper, I can write anywhere, anytime - for me, it's the best job in the world.'

Books by Margaret Wild

The Sloth Who Came to Stay

Published: July 2017

A wryly amusing story about a fast family who are taught to slow down when an adorable sloth comes to stay by the award-winning author of Fox and Ruby Roars.

Old Pig

Published: February 2017

A tender, poignant picture story about how to say goodbye. Celebrating twenty years of this treasured classic from two highly acclaimed picture book makers.

This Little Piggy Went Singing

Published: November 2016

A delightful Christmas board book for little children that plays on the traditional 'This Little Piggy' nursery rhyme.

This Little Piggy Went Dancing

Published: October 2015

A playful take on the traditional 'This Little Piggy' nursery rhyme that will delight young children; perfect for parents to read aloud. Now in a board book format.

This Little Piggy Went Singing

Published: November 2014

A delightful Christmas book for little children that plays on the traditional 'This Little Piggy' nursery rhyme.

This Little Piggy Went Dancing

Published: October 2013

A playful take on the traditional 'This Little Piggy' nursery rhyme that will delight young children; perfect for parents to read aloud.

The Vanishing Moment

Published: September 2013

If you could live a different version of your life, would you take the chance? From the award-winning author Margaret Wild, this spellbinding story places two young women at the turning point in their lives, and each must choose to accept the life she has, or to leap into one she might yet live.

On the Day You Were Born

Published: June 2013

This beautiful picture book from the acclaimed partnership of Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a glorious celebration of family and new life.

The Dream of the Thylacine

Published: April 2011

This arresting and beautiful picture book from Margaret Wild and Ron Brooks is a shimmering encounter with the Tasmanian tiger, a lament for a lost species, and a compelling evocation of the place of animals in Nature.

Fox

Published: June 2010

Fox is a picture book in a class of its own. A compelling drama about friendship, loyalty, risk and betrayal, it's a story as rich for adults as for children.

Ruby Roars

Published: June 2009

A noisy, exuberant story, ideal for young children and their parents to read (and ROAR) aloud together, by two of Australia's favourite picture-book makers.

Old Pig

Published: June 2009

A beautiful and tender picture book about how to say goodbye. A treasured classic from two highly acclaimed picture book makers.

Ruby Roars

Published: November 2007

A noisy, exuberant story, ideal for young children and their parents to read aloud together, by two of Australia's favourite picture-book makers.

Fox

Published: February 2004

This sophisticated, multi-award winning picture book goes to the heart of human relationships.

One Night

Published: June 2003

;A fearless novel - tough, tender and deeply moving - about the journey towards love and meaning in the lives of four young people struggling to find their place in complicated families and fragile communities. Margaret Wild's writing has the intensity and resonance of fine poetry, the ease and accessibility of good prose. For teenagers and adults.;

Jinx

Published: October 2001

Jen is desperate for life to begin, but her first love relationships are so devastating that she believes she is jinxed.

Fox

Published: April 2000

A magnificent and arresting picture book that goes to the heart of human relationships.

First Day

Published: September 1999

An endearing picture book about six young children on their first day at school - delightfully illustrated by Kim Gamble. A story book for parents to read with young children about to begin school, or for older children to read when they are remembering their first days at school.

Rosie and Tortoise

Published: August 1999

From the creators of Old Pig - a beautiful, touching picture book about a little girl coming to accept her new baby brother.

First Day

Published: September 1998

An endearing picture book about six young children on their first day at school - delightfully illustrated by Kim Gamble. A story book for parents to read with young children about to begin school, or for older children to read when they are remembering their first days at school.

Old Pig

Published: April 1998

A tender story of living and loving, giving and receiving: a glorious celebration of the world.

Rosie and Tortoise

Published: April 1998

From the creators of Old Pig - a beautiful, touching picture book about a little girl coming to accept her new baby brother.

Old Pig

Published: September 1995

A tender story of living and loving, giving and receiving: a glorious celebration of the world.

All the Better to See You With

Published: July 1993

When Kate can't find her family on the beach, her parents realise she is short sighted. A good story to share when a child needs glasses, and for others to understand the experience.

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