Amanda Francey grew up on the leafy edges of Brisbane, Queensland.
As the daughter of a comicstrip artist and art supply retailer, Amanda’s early storytelling and picture book making antics were greatly encouraged and supported.
Amanda went on to study at Queensland College of Art and worked for many years in graphic design and art direction before returning to her childhood dream of illustrating children’s books.
Amanda’s first picture book, Jonathan!, written by Peter Carnavas, was shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Award (3 to 5 years) 2014. Her most recent picture books, Take Ted Instead, written by Cassandra Webb, and That Christmas Feeling, written by Lili Wilkinson, were listed Children’s Book Council of Australia, Notable Book (Early Childhood) 2017 and 2018 respectively.