About Nicky




Nicky is a mum to four boys, an artist, a primary educator and a children’s book author and illustrator. She is based in Melbourne and as well as teaching, she works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio.

Her books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! ,Amira’s Suitcase, Grandma Forgets, Under the Same Sky and Coco Series to name a few.

She loves visiting schools, sharing her journey of becoming a successful author and illustrator, inspiring students to become writers and illustrators themselves. With a huge range of original artworks from the books she aims to help children understand the process of creating a children’s book. She also loves taking illustration workshops, where the children can have hands on experience creating their own illustrations.

Nicky is the illustrator representative for the annual author/illustrator KIDLITVIC – Meet the Publishers Conference. Alongside authors Alison Reynolds, Sarah Reynolds and Coral Vass, she helps create a valuable and important opportunity assisting her fellow authors and illustrators in their professional development.

Download Nicky’s official BIO HERE

READ a quirky interview with Nicky HERE

“WONDERFUL! Nicky is a great speaker. My daughter was completely focused and engaged. I can see she enjoyed herself! Thank you for a great workshop”
~ Belgrave Library

“What a wonderful experience for the children to have. They are really motivated to begin writing their own picture story books. Thank you for being such an inspiration.”
~ St Thomas More Primary School

“Very interactive and engaging session. I thought Nicky catered to all year levels and kept the students very interested. She had wonderful control of the children who asked wonderful questions. Very worthwhile.”
~ Kingswood College

SCHOOL VISIT BOOKINGS: Download Info HERENicky_Johnston_studio

Creative Net – School and Library Speaker Bookings
Lamont Author Bookings

Email nicky@nickyjohnston.com.au

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High Res Downloadable Images:
Bio Photo of Nicky Johnston

Cover image:
Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts!

Happythoughts are Everywhere…

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The Worst Pain in the World

Brave Danny

The Fix-It Man

Grandma Forgets

Where’s Bear  

At the End of Holyrood Lane 

Hide and Seek with Grandpa

Saying Goodbye to Barkley

Under the Same Sky

Searching for Seashells

Coco Big City Kitty


2022 ~ Amira’s Suitcase – CBCA Notable children’s book

2019 ~ Crystal Kite Award – At the End of Holyrood Lane

2018 ~ Grandma Forgets – CBCA Notable children’s book
         ~ Grandma Forgets – Speech Pathology Short List

2014 ~ Black Dog Institute Community Education Presenter

2013 ~ SILVER Award – Mental Health Services Achievement Awards

2012 ~ Aus Mumpreneur Award Winner “Making A Difference”

2011 ~ Mayoral Special Recognition Award – Business Excellence Awards

2011 ~ Finalist AusMumpreneur Awards “Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year”

2009 ~ Awarded an ‘Artistic Ventures Star’ in the ‘Village Cinemas, Star Zone Walk of Fame’