About Nicky Johnston

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 Finding Bunny, Amira’s Suitcase, Jørn’s Magnificent Imagination and Coco Series to name a few. See her entire list of books HERE.

Nicky 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 her 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 honing their own drawing skills.


Nicky is the illustrator representative for the annual Author/Illustrator KIDLITVIC – Meet the Publishers Conference. She works alongside founder Alison Reynolds, authors Coral Vass and Julie Grasso. She helps create a valuable and important opportunity assisting her fellow author and illustrator collegues in their professional development.


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 Nicky 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



2023  Jørn’s Magnificent Imagination – Notable CBCA 2023, Shortlisted Speech Pathology Award 2023

2022   Amira’s Suitcase – Honour Book – CBCA Early Childhood 2023
            The Incredibly Busy Mind of Bowen Bartholomew Crisp – WINNER Speech Pathology Award 2022
2019    At the End of Holyrood Lane – Crystal Kite Award
2018    Grandma Forgets – CBCA Notable Children’s Book
Where’s Bear – Speech Pathology Shortlist
2014    Black Dog Institute Community Education Presenter
2013    Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts – Mental Health Services Achievement                     SILVER Award
2012    Making a Difference – AusMumpreneur Award Winner
2011    Mayoral Special Recognition Award – Business Excellence Award
2009    Artistic Ventures Star – Star Zone Walk of Fame

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