Ipswich illustrator brings egg to life

Children’s picture book illustrator and council officer Emma Cracknell’s unique artwork has taken out a national Book of the Year 2021 award for her illustrations in Is this your egg? written by Ella Kris.

Is this your egg? has won the Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year 2021 Award in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Author category with the children’s book now available in Ipswich Libraries for borrowing.

The Ipswich City Council Children’s Library Services Officer is also one of 12 writers and illustrators to win the Stories for little Queenslander’s series for her children’s book Is this your egg?

Is this your egg? follows the adventures of Henry the Hermit crab who is on a mission to find the owner of a small egg before it hatches.

Ms Cracknell said she finds inspiration from her work at the Ipswich Children’s Library.

“I am surrounded by inspiration, as a Children’s Library Officer I am around picture books all the time,” Ms Cracknell said.

“As a mum of two, my little ones provide inspiration without even knowing it.

“Being in nature and observing animals and their quirks provides me with endless Australian picture book ideas.

“I find it uniquely rewarding seeing firsthand how my books are received by children within our community, especially when I see them smiling and enjoying it before they even realise that I’m the creator.

“The well-loved Is this your egg? is barely ever on the shelf at any of our Ipswich Libraries which is nice to see.

“I have recently illustrated the picture book Wombat and Joey Roo written by Robert Vescio, which is also available for borrowing at the Ipswich Children’s Library.”

Ms Cracknell continues to inspire the next generation to learn and love books through her work at council, adding to the collection of over 35,000 children’s books which are ready for reading at the Ipswich Children’s Library.

Want to check out Ms Cracknell’s illustrations for yourself? Head to the Ipswich Children’s Library, in the Nicholas Street Precinct, and take a peek at the animal wall murals. While you’re there, join the Library and take home a piece of Emma’s work on one of the specially commissioned Children’s Library cards.

For more information about the Ipswich Children’s Library click here.

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