Pamela Allen is an award-winning author and celebrated illustrator of children’s books. She has won and been shortlisted for numerous awards, including the prestigious Margaret Mahy Medal (2004). Allen also won the Australian CBC Picture Book of the Year for two consecutive years, in 1983 and 1984, for Who Sank the Boat, and Bertie and the Bear. Allen’s books have been published around the world, and have been translated into French, Swedish and Japanese.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Allen, Pamela (1934 - ) is a children's book author and illustrator who has published over thirty picture books since her first, Mr Archimedes' Bath, was published in 1980.
In the Australian Book Review, Meg Sorenson writes: 'The characters in these books exude life, caught at the highest point of action, and animated forever on the page. Every curve, stretch and twist communicates exactly the way they feel, the sentiment or momentum each embodies.'
'The picture books of Pamela Allen are very likely to be treasured by those who own them. They certainly have what it takes to join the ranks of enduring children's classics.'
Allen has won numerous awards as both an author and illustrator. She is the only person to win the Australian CBC Picture Book of the Year in two consecutive years - 1983 and 1984 - for Who Sank the Boat (1982) Bertie and the Bear (1983). She has been shortlisted for the prize in five other years.
In New Zealand, her achievements include winning the 1986 New Zealand Library Association Russell Clark Award for Illustrations for A Lion in the Night (1985). Two of Allen's books were shortlisted for the prize in 1993: Mr McGee Goes to Sea (1992) and Belinda (1992). In 2001 Who Sank the Boat won the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a much loved book.
Pamela Allen has won and been shortlisted for numerous other awards, and her books have been published around the world, including translations into French, Swedish and Japanese.
Other titles by Pamela Allen are Simon Said (1985), Watch Me (1985), Herbert and Harry (1986), Fancy That (1987), Simon Did (1988), Watch Me Now (1989), I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit (1989), My Cat Maisie (1990), Black Dog (1991), Mr McGee and the Blackberry Jam (1993), Alexander's Outing (1993), Clippity Clop (1994), Waddle Giggle Gargle (1996), The Bear's Lunch (1997), Ordinary Albert (1997, text by Nancy Antle), Mr McGee and the Biting Flea (1998), The Pear in the Pear Tree (1999), Mr McGee and the Perfect Nest (1999), Inside Mary Elizabeth's House (2000), Can you keep a secret? (2000), Brown Bread and Honey (2001), The Potato People (2002), Daisy All-Sorts (2002), Cuthbert's Babies (2002), Grandpa and Thomas (2003), Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread (2004), Where's the Gold?(2005), My First ABC (2006), Share said the Rooster (2006), Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella (2006), Shhh! Little Mouse (2007), My First 123 (2007), Is your Grandma a Goanna? (2007), and Felix (2008).
The Potato People (2002) was shortlisted for the 2003 LIANZA Russell Clark Award.
Pamela Allen is the 2004 winner of New Zealand's most prestigious award for children's literature, the Margaret Mahy Medal and Lecture Award.
Cuthbert's Babies and Grandpa and Thomas were both finalists in the picture book category for the 2004 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children & Young Adults, for which Cuthbert's Babies won. Grandpa and Thomas also won Best Early Childhood Book at the 2004 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards.
Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread (Penguin Group (Australia), written and illustrated by Pamela Allen, was a finalist for the Russell Clark Award at the 2005 LIANZA Children's Book Awards.
Where's the Gold? (2005), was a finalist in the picture book category for the 2006 New Zealand Post Book Awards for Children and Young Adults. 'SHHH!' Little Mouse, was shortlisted in the early childhood category for the 2007 Children's Book Council of Australia Awards. Allen's book, Is your Grandmother a Goanna?, won Best Book for Language Development: Young Children in the Speech Pathology Australia Awards 2008.
Pamela Allen's books have been continually listed as Storylines Notable Books, including two in 2010. Those listed include: Brown Bread and Honey (2002), Daisy All-sorts (2003), The Potato People (2003) Cuthbert's Babies (2004), Grandpa and Thomas (2004), Mr McGee and the Big Bag of Bread (2005), Where's the Gold? (2006), Share Said the Rooster (2007), Is Your Grandmother a Goanna? (2008), Our Daft Dog Danny (2010) and The Toymaker and the Bird (2010).
In the 2005 New Year Honours, she was appointed a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to children's literature.
MEDIA LINKS AND CLIPS
- Christchurch City Libraries, Interviews with New Zealand Children's Authors, Pamela Allen
- Pamela Allen's Penguin Books NZ profile
- Pamela Allen: A children's book is theatre performed one family at a time - The Sydney Morning Herald
Updated February 2022.