EMPOWERING CHILDREN THROUGH STORY
Ainsley Shepherd is passionate about writing, her children, and all things Australian. She aims to encourage her readers to value their uniqueness and be true to who they were made to be. The experiences of her children, combined with their rural Queensland lifestyle, provides the perfect environment for creating inspirational stories that children will love. She is the editor of the award winning Child Writes: Creating a Children’s Picture Book is Child’s Play. Ainsley lives in Gayndah with her husband David and their four children.
Chantal Stewart was born in Paris, studied at the School of Applied Arts and began her career as a graphic designer. After moving to Australia, she discovered her true calling of becoming a children’s book illustrator. Chantal has worked with some of Australia’s most renowned publishers and authors. Her books have been shortlisted in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards multiple times, as well as the Young Australian Best Book Awards. Chantal was also shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Crichton Award. Her titles include, I Spy Mum!, I Spy Dad!, Percy, Smelly Chantelly, A Ghost of a Chance, Max Meets a Monster, and To the Light. She lives on the outskirts of Melbourne surrounded by trees and birds, and believes she has the best job in the world!
“Ainsley Shepherd’s Slow Down Sarah! makes for a jolly read-aloud adventure. The rhyming text is jaunty and playful yet still carries a gentle message. The visual effect of the word art adds to the cheerful, active nature of the story. Chantal Stewart’s illustrations are vibrant and humorous. Each double page spread is bursting with colour and motion as Sarah zips across the countryside on her little red motorbike causing havoc where ever she goes. The expressions on the animal’s faces are a highlight. This gorgeous picture book with its many subtle layers will engage and delight readers of all ages.”
Aleesah Darlison, Children’s Author
“Slow Down Sarah is an exhilarating ride through country Australia with all the energy and verve you would expect from such a crackingly fabulous character! The energetic rhyming text is a pleasure to read aloud and I dare you not to ‘take off’ yourself as you delve into this delightful story”
Emma Mactaggart, Founder & Creative Director Child Writes