Illustrator / Designer / Picture book creator /
Author / 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 five picture books published with Penguin Random House and Scholastic Australia which have been published internationally and received awards such as Children's Book Council of Australia Notables (Twig & Meerkat Splash) and the Speech Pathology Book of the Year Award 2020 (Meerkat Splash). Meerkat Splash has also appeared on the ABC's enduring Play School program, read by Lachy Wiggle. Aura was also recently shortlisted for the SCBWI Narrative Illustration Award, 2021. Aura's latest book is the Silly Seabed Song, which is brimming with bright giggling sea creatures and words that are fun to say. Aura works from her studio in Sydney and illustrates her picture books in watercolour, gouache, pen and coloured pencil, mostly by hand and she also works digitally depending on the project by drawing and painting with Wacom using Photoshop and illustration software.
Aura has a background in design, web design, motion graphics and brand creation and worked at 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 designs, and was part of the boutique screen-printed textiles collaboration Studio Bonnie.
Aura shares her enthusiasm for drawing, writing and reading in visual literacy presentations, story time 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 story times at the Sydney Writers' Festival 2021 and the State Library of NSW and she was the artist in residence, drawing on stage at the Koala Awards for 2018. Aura was the illustrator of the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge artwork for 2019.
She is passionate about art, design, children's literature and the environment. Aura lives in Sydney with her family and has three children, who she tries to read and draw with as much as she can. She has an abundance of pets including a cheeky puppy called Mojo who keeps her company in the studio.
REVIEWS OF TWIG BY AURA PARKER
'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!'
'Parker's watercolor, colored pencil, artline pens, and digital compositions are quite delicate and detailed, her bug school delightfully analogous to children's own.'
'Aura Parker's quirky, delicate pictures of the school and its pupils are full of seek-and-find interest.'