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Jaq (Jacqui) has been writing and illustrating children’s books in between her other art projects and considers herself extremely fortunate that she can spend her adult life still colouring in.

The Hush Treasure Book

Written, illustrated by Jacqui Grantford along with 30 other amazing (and very well known!) authors and illustrators

I had the great pleasure of being part of this project with the Hush Music Foundation. Along with 30 other authors and illustrators (Jackie French, Ann James, Karen Tayleur, Alison Lester, Bob Graham to name a few), we created this book for children undergoing cancer treatments at children’s hospitals all around Australia.

Part of the process in creating this book was to go to the hospital and meet with the children and the parents which was very confronting for many of us.

Proceeds from this book go to children in hospitals around Australia as part of the Hush Foundation. Includes bonus CD featuring a special compilation of Hush music compositions.
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Australian Children's books - The Hush Treasure Book - Jacqui Grantford

Nancy Bentley

Written by Tracey Hawkins, Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Nancy Bentley was bitten by a snake on the shores of Port Arthur in Tasmania. There was no medical help nearby so Nancy’s father rowed her out to the HMAS Sydney in the bay.
In 1920 women were not allowed on naval vessels. In order to comply with regulations, Nancy Bentley was enlisted into the Royal Australian Navy. Nancy was six years of age and the first female to be inducted into the Royal Australian Navy. The Navy looked after her for eight days before discharging her because she was ‘required by her parents’.
A moving and fascinating true story.

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Australian Children's books - Nancy Bentley - Written by Norma Spalding and Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Molly’s Memory Jar

Written by Norma Spalding, illustrated and presented by Jacqui Grantford

Molly has a deep feeling of sadness after the death of Lucy, her golden retriever. Molly is now without someone she loved dearly.

Seeing his daughter lost and lonely, Molly’s father hatches a plan to help her through her grief. Molly’s Memory Jar is a soothing story about remembering the good times and coping with the loss of a most beloved pet. The story is full of colour as Molly creates her own personal memory of her best friend Lucy.

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A True Person

Written by Gabiann Marin, Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford 

Zallah and her mother have escaped their war torn country and are looking for safety in Australia. Instead of freedom they find themselves in a refugee detention centre. Zallah struggles with the reason for this punishment.
A True Person is a moving story which highlights the bond between Mother and Daughter in times of adversity. For Zallah there is a light at the end of the tunnel and we celebrate with her as she realises what it means to be A True Person.

Published by New Frontier, ISBN: 9781921042195 APN: 9780977549122 Reading Age: 5 – 10yrs A White Raven Book 2008. The White Raven label is given to books that deserve worldwide attention.
Recommended for the 2008 Family Therapist’s Award
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Australian Children's books - A True Person - Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Various Faerious

Written and Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

There is a magical world that exists between the blink of an eye. If you were able to see this realm you would be astonished at the various faeries you’d find.
Beware – this is no ordinary faerie book!

Allbooks Editor’s Choice Award 2003
Published by Lothian, ISBN: 0-7344-0375-5 Reading Age: 4- 12yrs
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Australian Children's books - Various Faerious - Written and Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Shoes News

Written and Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Shoes News takes a tongue-in-cheek look at the vital role footwear has played in the development and history of the human race through the ages, covering a span of history from the prehistoric dawn on mankind to the far-flung future – revealing long-hidden shoe secrets for the very first time!

Listed in the NSW Premier’s Reading Challenge and the Chief Minister’s Reading Challenge
Published by Lothian, ISBN: 0-7344-0515-4Reading Age: 8-14yrs
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Squeezy Cuddle, Dangly Legs

Written by Peter Whitfield, Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

This beautifully illustrated story captures the games children play stalling at bedtime. It shows the love between the child and parent as they engage in bedtime rituals such as ‘this little piggy’ and ’round and round the garden’.

Published by New Frontier, ISBN: 9781921042584, Reading Age: 2-6 yrs Translated into 8 dialects for the African market.
Recommended book for the Family Therapist’s Award this year.

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Australian Children's books - Squeezy Cuddle Dangly Legs - Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Pemberthy Bear

Written by Sally Murphy, Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Pemberthy Bear might be covered in fluff, but he is also very gruff and grumpy. So, when the carefree Primula Doll invites him for a sing-along, he refuses to join in. Later, however, he finds himself paying an unexpected visit to Primula. Can she convince him to sing with her?

Published by New Frontier, ISBN: 1921042494 Reading Age: 4- 10yrs
Listed in the Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge
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Australian Children's books - Pemberthy Bear - Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

Thank You Wishes

Written by Melanie Kate Wilson, Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford

What happens when a little girl called Molly discovers her grandma’s Thank You Wishes book: all bright, sparkly and filled with beautiful, loving thoughts and words of appreciation and gratitude for all the wonderful things in grandma’s life?
Published by JoJo, ISBN: 9780980556414 Reading Age: 4-8 yrs
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Australian Children's books - Thank You Wishes - Illustrated by Jacqui Grantford
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