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, which is published internationally. Aura has two new children's picture books out in 2019, COCOON, which touches on solitude, independence and the wonder of life cycles, followed by a bunch of cheeky colourful meerkats in MEERKAT SPLASH. Aura works from her studio in Sydney and illustrates her picture books in watercolour, gouache, pen and coloured pencil with digital enhancements. Aura is the illustrator of the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge artwork for 2019.

Aura has a background in design, web design, motion graphics and brand creation and worked for the BBC in London as well as freelance projects and cover illustrations with educational publishers before moving on to children's publishing. Her enduring interest in the expression of colour and fascination with repeat patterns led to the creation of her own collection of bright contemporary prints in 2010. Aura regularly exhibits illustrations and textiles, designed in collaboration with screen printed textile label, Studio Bonnie, which can be found on The Store by Fairfax and HardtoFind.

Aura shares her enthusiasm for drawing, writing and reading in visual literacy presentations, storytime and illustration sessions with children at schools, festivals and libraries. Aura has been part of discussion panels for the CBCA as well as the Kids & YA Festival at NSW Writers' Centre. She has conducted workshops and storytimes at the State Library of NSW and was the artist in residence, drawing on stage at The Koala Awards for 2018.

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. She has an abundance of pets including a naughty puppy called Mojo who keeps her company in the studio.


'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