Nicky is a mum to four boys, an artist, a primary educator and a children’s book author and illustrator. She is based in Melbourne and as well as teaching, she works from home writing and illustrating in her art studio.

Her books include Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! and Happythoughts are Everywhere…, Actually, I Can  and The Worst Pain in the World. The Fix-It Man, Grandma Forgets and Where’s Bear, with three more books being released in 2018.

She loves every opportunity to visit schools, sharing her journey of becoming a successful author and illustrator, inspiring students to become writers and illustrators themselves. With a huge range of original artworks from the books she aims to help children understand the process of creating a children’s book. She also loves taking illustration workshops, where the children can have hands on experience creating their own illustrations.

Her passion for all things creative has led her to be the Creative Director of the ‘52-week Illustration Challenge‘. Founded by Nicky’s good friend and fellow author and illustrator, Tania McCartney, this community works together to create new illustrations inspired by a different theme for 52 weeks. This group has experienced an amazing range of opportunities such as children’s book contracts, invaluable friendships, personal growth and pushing creative boundaries. In March 2015, Nicky and Tania curated a ’52-week Illustration Challenge’ exhibition displaying fifty-two artists’ contribution to 2014 Challenge themes. The Challenge ran from 2014-2018 with nearly 6500 worldwide members.KidLitVic_Logo_nicky_johnston

Nicky is also the illustrator representative for the annual author/illustrator KIDLITVIC – Meet the Publishers Conference. Alongside authors Alison Reynolds, Jaquelyn Muller and Coral Vass, she helps create a valuable and important opportunity assisting her fellow authors and illustrators in their professional development.


READ a quirky interview with Nicky HERE

“WONDERFUL! Nicky is a great speaker. My daughter was completely focused and engaged. I can see she enjoyed herself! Thank you for a great workshop”
~ Belgrave Library

“What a wonderful experience for the children to have. They are really motivated to begin writing their own picture story books. Thank you for being such an inspiration.”
~ St Thomas More Primary School

“Very interactive and engaging session. I thought Nicky catered to all year levels and kept the students very interested. She had wonderful control of the children who asked wonderful questions. Very worthwhile.”
~ Kingswood College

SCHOOL VISIT BOOKINGS: Download Info HERENicky_Johnston_studio

Creative Net – School and Library Speaker Bookings  

Email nicky@nickyjohnston.com.au

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High Res Downloadable Images:
Bio Photo of Nicky Johnston

Cover image:
Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! 
Happythoughts are Everywhere…
Actually, I CanNicky-johnston-author-illustrator
The Worst Pain in the World
Brave Danny
The Fix-It Man
Grandma Forgets
Where’s Bear


2014 ~ Black Dog Institute Community Education Presenter
2013 ~ SILVER Award – Mental Health Services Achievement Awards
2012 ~ Aus Mumpreneur Award Winner “Making A Difference”
2011 ~ Mayoral Special Recognition Award – Business Excellence Awards
2011 ~ Finalist AusMumpreneur Awards “Rising Star AusMumpreneur of the Year”
2009 ~ Awarded an ‘Artistic Ventures Star’ in the ‘Village Cinemas, Star Zone Walk of Fame’



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