Pamela Allen

Pamela Allen is a phenomenon in the world of children's literature. For almost thirty years her picture books have enchanted generations of children, both in Australia and overseas and many of her titles have won prestigious awards and commendations both in Australia and overseas, and have earned classic status through their enduring popularity with the very young.

Pamela's books are full of the music of language; they are 'fragments of theatre', designed to be read aloud and shared between an adult and a child. Eight of Pamela's titles were adapted for the stage by Patch Theatre Company, and performed in the Sydney Opera House. In 2004, Grandpa and Thomas won the Children's Book Council Book of the Year Award: Early Childhood and The Potato People was named an Honour Book in the same category in 2003, and Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella was shortlisted for the same award in 2007, as was Shhh! Little Mouse in 2008. Is Your Grandmother a Goanna? won a 2008 Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year Award, as did Our Daft Dog Danny in 2010.

 'From Pamela Allen's first publication in 1980 it was clear that here was a creator of picture books with all the glow, gesture, din and dance to capture the attention, engage the imagination, teach, show, tickle and excite small children.' Meg Sorensen, Australian Book Review

Pamela Allen lives in New Zealand with her husband.

Awards

CBC Book of the Year
Short-listed in 2008 for Shhh! Little Mouse (Early Childhood)
Honour in 2007 for Doodledum Dancing (Early Childhood)
Short-listed in 2007 for Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella (Early Childhood)
Honour in 2003 for Potato People (Early Childhood)
Short-listed in 1999 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
Honour Book in 1993 for Belinda (Picture Book)
Winner in 1991 for My Cat Maisie (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 1990 for I Wish I Had a Pirate Suit (Picture Book)
Winner in 1984 for Bertie & the Bear (Picture Book)
Winner in 1983 for Who Sank the Boat? (Picture Book)
 
Children's Yearly Best Ever Reads (Tas)
Winner in 1999 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
 
COOL Award
Short-listed in 2004 for Potato People (Picture Book)
Winner in 2004 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
 
Early Childhood of Australia
Short-listed in 2007 for Shhh! Little Mouse (Best Picture Book)
 
Family Award for Children's Books
Long-listed in 2004 for Cuthbert's Babies (Picture Book)
 
Gaylene Gordon Memorial Prize
Winner in 2001 for Who Sank the Boat? (Children's Book)
 
Internat'l Board on bks for young people
Honour in 1984 for Who Sank the Boat? (for Illustration)
 
Kids Own Aust Literature Award (KOALA)
Short-listed in 2004 for Potato People (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 2004 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 2003 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Young Reader)
Short-listed in 2003 for Who Sank the Boat? (Young Reader)
Long-listed in 2002 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea
Short-listed in 2001 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 1999 for Belinda (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 1998 for Belinda (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 1996 for Belinda (Primary readers section)
Short-listed in 1995 for Belinda (Primary readers section)
 
Kidspot Best of Awards
Winner in 2008 for Alexander's Outing (Best Book Learn to Read)
 
KROC Award
Long-listed in 2004 for Mr McGee
Long-listed in 1999 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea
 
Miscelleneous Award
Winner in 1989 for Fancy That! (Children's Book)
 
New South Wales State Literary Award
Joint winner in 1983 for Who Sank the Boat? (Children's Book)
 
New Zealand Post Children's Book Awards
Short-listed in 2006 for Where's the Gold? (Picture Book)
Winner in 2004 for Cuthbert's Babies
 
NSW Family Therapy Association Award
Special Mention in 1991 for Black Dog
 
Reading,Enjoying Australian Literature
Short-listed in 2003 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
 
Speech Pathology Australia
Short-listed in 2010 for Toymaker and the Bird (Lower Primary)
Short-listed in 2007 for Grandpa and Thomas and the Green Umbrella (Young Children)
Short-listed in 2007 for Share Said the Rooster (Young Children)
Short-listed in 2004 for Cuthbert's Babies
 
W.Russell Clark Award (NZ)
Winner in 1986 for Lion in the Night (Children's Book)
 
Young Aust Best Book Award (YABBA)
Short-listed in 2004 for Potato People (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 2004 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 2002 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
Long-listed in 2000 for Mr McGee & the Biting Flea (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 1994 for Belinda (Picture Book)
Short-listed in 1993 for My Cat Maisie (Picture Book)