As an illustrator, designer and writer, Aura Parker creates bodies of work, including textile designs, prints and picture books. She is co-founder of boutique Australian art and textiles label Studio Bonnie.

Aura Parker

Illustrator / Designer / Picture book creator /
Studio Bonnie co-founder / Sydney based creative

Aura Parker's bodies of work are constantly evolving. She often draws on themes of nature, humanity and childhood. Her work is insightful and imaginative with a playful sense of humour. Aura is the author and illustrator of CBCA Notable book Twig. She illustrates her picture books in watercolour, gouache, pen and coloured pencil with digital enhancements.

Aura has a background in web design, motion graphics and brand creation with over 15 years experience as a graphic designer and illustrator. Aura's enduring interest in the expression of colour and her fascination with repeat patterns led to the creation of her own collection of bright contemporary prints in 2010, and she regularly exhibits illustrations and textiles. In 2012 she started Studio Bonnie, a collaboration with her sister-in-law interior designer Marena Von Behr which has flourished into a creative business designing screen printed art and

She is passionate about art, design and children's literature. Aura lives in Sydney with her three children, who she tries to read and draw with as much as she can.


'Whimsical and warm.'

Children's Books Daily

'With its uplifting themes of kindness, collaboration, and inclusion, this title is a welcome addition to picture book collections.'

School Library Journal

Sweet and captivatingly illustrated, this pairs perfectly with Carson Ellis' Du Iz Tak.'


'Readers will take pleasure in Parker's imaginative forest world, with its parades and tea parties, brimming with insect-school fun!'

Publishers Weekly

'Parker's watercolor, colored pencil, artline pens, and digital compositions are quite delicate and detailed, her bug school delightfully analogous to children's own.'

Kirkus Reviews

'Aura Parker's quirky, delicate pictures of the school and its pupils are full of seek-and-find interest.'

The Wall Street Journal