Frané Lessac was born in New Jersey, but has traveled extensively all her life, which enabled her to create books based on her worldwide journeys. Attracted by its beauty, she moved to the small Caribbean island of Montserrat, which inspired her first picture book, MY LITTLE ISLAND (HarperCollins), a Reading Rainbow featured title. Since then, she has written and/or illustrated more than 35 books, including CAPITAL!: WASHINGTON D.C. FROM A TO Z (HarperCollins) and THE DONKEY OF GALLIPOLI, (Walker Books Australia) which received a Kirkus starred review and was named a USBBY Outstanding International Book for Young People. THE DRUMMER BOY OF JOHN JOHN, written by Mark Greenwood, (Lee and Low) received a Kirkus starred review and was included in their “Best of” list. THE MAYFLOWER, written by Mark Greenwood, (Holiday House) was a 2015 Notable Trade Book in Social Studies (NCSS/CBC), and THE BOOK BOAT’S IN, written by Cynthia Cotton (Holiday House), received an Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Best Book Gold Seal Award. The book was also chosen for the Bank Street College’s list of Best Children’s Books of the Year and was noted as having “outstanding merit.” Her most recent book, A IS FOR AUSTRALIA (Walker Books Australia), appeared on the CCBC “Choices” List. She is the Illustrator Liaison for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for Australia/New Zealand and served on the Executive Committee of the Australian Society of Authors. In 2010 she was awarded Australia’s prestigious Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. Her work has been on exhibition in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and London. Frané lives in West Australia with her husband, children’s book author Mark Greenwood, and their two children.
Download a PDF of the artist’s samples here: WPA Lessac art samples