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Digger - The Dog Who Went to War Lothian/Hachette, new release

Based on a true story, Digger - the Dog who went to War is the story of a puppy smuggled onto an Australian troop ship during WW1. This is a heartfelt story that shows the bond of love and devotion between a boy and his dog cannot be broken, even by the tragedy of war.

Migaloo - the White Whale


Proceeds from this book help fund the White Whale Research Centre in Toowoomba, Queensland. 



The incredible true story of Migaloo - the White Whale, from his birth in the sea North of Australia, to the dangers of trying to survive a life at sea. Follow Migaloo as he and his mother migrate south to Antarctica - a journey of survival with the odds stacked against them!

Lothian/Hachette, new release



 We're All Australian's Now    Harper  Collins, new release  


  The Horse Soldier   Windy Hollow, New release  

has sold out already! Windy Hollow are reprinting and copies will be available very soon.  



2015 CBCA  Eva Pownall Notable Book Award The Afghanistan Pup Lothian/Hachette

2015 OLQP Picture Book of the Year Award The Afghanistan Pup Lothian/Hachette


2014 CBCA Notable Picturebook Award Vietnam Diary  Lothian/Hachette                                             

New Edition of Vietnam Diary just out. Big thanks to all at Lothian/Hachette for their great work on this and all my books!

2014 West Australian Young Readers Award Shortlist Ben and Gracies Art Adventure Lothian/Hachette

To everyone who came to my sessions at  Voices on The Coast Literature Festival In Queensland and at Noosa Library - many, many thanks. I had a wonderful time. 

The Yea MARC Literature Festival was a great success and is on again this year(sponsored by Yea MARC & CLAN/NEEF Australia) . Great work from Libby Ahern and all the teachers up there.

I want to thank everyone at Berwick PS, Moama PS and especially Christine Howlett and the Panmure MARC schools for their wonderful author/illustrator residencies, Keep those lovely stories & drawings coming!

Aurealis Award 2013 (Best Children's Fiction Told Primarily Through Pictures)Shortlist  Inside The World of Tom Roberts Lothian/Hachette

Whitley Award for Children’s Literature 2013

Deepsea Whale Rescue with Jan Ramage DEC (Dept. of the Environment & Conservation WA)


CBCA Picturebook of the Year Award Shortlist 2013

A Day to Remember with Jackie French Harper Collins Publisher  


White Ravens Award 2013

Trust Me Too Illustrated short story collection (top 250 books from around the world, prepared by the International Youth Library). Various authors & illustrators, edited by Paul Collins Ford Street

100 Readers Project - State Lib. of Victoria                           Under the fabulous 'Dome' at the SLV, I read from my favourite book The Roadmender  to celebrate the 100 year anniversary of the 'D'.

Thanks to all who came to my gigs at the Melbourne Writer's Festival and the Children's Book Festival at the State Library of Victoria.

New editions of The Last Tree, I Saw Nothing - The Extinction of the Thylacine, Journey of the Sea Turtle, A Day to Remember, Angel of Kokoda and Vietnam Diary are now in the shops!

The winner of the Dromkeen Medal, Libby Ahern, has been a huge supporter for many years, and together with the help of many others, the Yea MARC Literature Festival has been a huge success. We set it up six years ago to support the kids up there who lived through the devastating bushfires. Many of the kids still need all the support they can get.This year will be no different, so thanks Libby, all the teachers, authors, illustrators and the sponsors NEEF & CLAN (Children's Literature Australia Network) including Pam Horsey, for your hard work and dedication. Our CLAN motto is to 'Reduce the gap between the haves and the have-not's' - and we are at last having some success in our endeavours.  

    New Dodgy Chairs CD 'The R&B Sessions' available soon

Music: My band the  The Dodgy Chairs played for the fundraiser at the Carlton Football Club for the Baby Trees Project. It was a huge success (funds to build a school and hospital in Cambodia). Thanks for everyones support. It was a great gig!


New books 2015

 Migaloo - the White Whale  (Lothian/Hachette - coming soon)


Digger - the Dog Who Went to War  Lothian/Hachette

We're all Australians Now (with Banjo Patterson) Harper Collins

The Horse Soldier  Windy Hollow Books


Recent Picturebooks 



The Afghanistan Pup Book 4, The Children in War Quartet (Lothian/Hachette.Teach. notes at           See  Quiz  at the end of this page. 2015 CBCA Eve Pownall Notable Books Award, OLQP Picture Book of the Year Award 

Vietnam Diary Book 3, The Children in War Quartet (Lothian/Hachette.Teach. notes at                        2014 CBCA Notable Picturebook Award

Little Dolphin Windy Hollow Books. Teachers notes at

Inside the World of Tom Roberts book two,Ben and Gracie's Art Adventure series (Lothian/Hachette Children's). Aurealis Award 2013 (Best Children's Fiction Told Primarily Through Pictures) Shortlist

A Day to Remember, the Story of the ANZACS                                                                                    with Jackie French (Harper Collins) CBCA Picturebook of the Year Award Shortlist 2013

Deep Sea Whale Rescue with Jan Ramage, tells the true story of  the rescue of a Humpback whale and her calf                        (Deptartment of Education and Conservation, W.A.) Whitley Award for Children’s Literature 2013

The Little Wooden Horse  Windy Hollow books. The story of two convict children and the epic voyage of the First Fleet to Port Jackson. Teachers notes at

All books are available (including signed copies) through Robinsons Bookshop (Frankston Branch) on 03 9783 6488 or 


Woooohhh! Things are already rockin' this year... 



In The Beginning... 

I was born in Brunswick, Victoria, just up the road from the Carlton Football ground. I  loved drawing from a very early age. My brother Leigh and I spent most evenings drawing on huge sheets of paper on the kitchen table. I also loved comics, especially The Phantom, and a long forgotten western hero called Kid Colt. The drawings in both were brilliant! I would copy them over and over, which is really how I learnt to draw.

I had my first part-time job when I was 14, delivering bread and milk (I was allowed to take home as much bread as I could carry on my bike - three loaves stuffed up my jumper and two under my right arm. Mum was rapt! Extra bread and milk helped us out a lot in those days). After that, I worked as a petrol jockey on weekends (as soon as I started my shift on Saturdays, my brother and his mates would pull into the servo trying to get free petrol for his old FJ Holden!).

But as fate would have it, my older brother Leigh was a good drummer and taught me how to play (just to stop me using mums pots and pans as a drumkit-very noisy). After school each day, I'd play along with songs by  Wilson Pickett, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry, The Beatles and the great Bob Dylan.  I went on to spend most of my teenage years pretending to be a drummer in various rock bands, and trying my hardest to sing like John Lennon.

I started studying art in year ten and went on to study mural design and painting at C.I.T. (now Monash, Caulfield Campus). I skipped classes two days a week to work as a cleaner to pay my way (somehow I still managed to pass though). I remember a few of us in the painting group were invited to lunch by the late great Fred Williams (at his house/studio). It was just amazing to see the paintings and prints he was working on, to see how he worked and to have a chat. He was a really nice guy and a great influence on me as a young painter.


Off to Work ...

After art school, I did National Service for two years, serving with Survey Corps and then Training Command (a slouch hat on my strange looking head wasn't a good look!). After the army, I did  a Diploma of Education, but by now, the band was doing some good gigs, so my choice was to either work for a living, or live the rock'n'roll dream. Not a hard choice. What a life! For one gig, we were flown to King Island and you could see the giant waves in Bass Straight not far below us. The pilot let our crazy guitarist Ken take the controls for a while-what a buzz! 

As the mid seventies rolled around, I thought I should get a 'real' job, and landed a position as designer and illustrator for The Education Magazine and Pursuit Magazine ( still playing drums though, in the bands Centerfold and then Piranha. You can never get drumming out of your blood once it's in there!). I also started writing songs for the band and still write today with my old mate and guitarist Ken Spencer (he plays a good blues harp too!). 

In 1981 I started freelance illustration for various other publishers including Penguin, Rigby, Brooks Waterloo in Australia, and Shortland in North America.  My friend Ann James gave me my first picturebook to illustrate at the time, called Drenched. A great little story about a little boy caught in the rain after school. From that moment on I was hooked on picturebooks! 

At about the same time, I became involved with various wildlife conservation groups like the Australian Conservation Foundation and The Wildlife Protection Council of Victoria. I did a lot of illustration work for these groups and others, which led me into writing my own stories concerning conservation and protecting native species.    It has now become a lifelong passion. Prayer for the Animals  (Lothian) was the first book, and I worked for the first time with the brilliant editor Helen Chamberlin, who has been my editor ever since.   

In 1982 I held my first solo exhibition of paintings and drawings,at the Artists Proof Gallery in Richmond. I love painting and still paint and exhibit every couple of years (see the painting link at the top of this page). I still get the same buzz as I did as a little kid at school, opening the paint pot and just getting stuck into it!

My absolute passion though, is writing and illustrating children’s books. This also takes me all over Australia doing presentations and workshops in schools and at literature festivals (this fits in nicely with my eternal quest to find the best coffee shop in Australia!).


What A Year...

The Dromkeen collection of Picture Book Art is now open again, thanks to Bernadette Joiner and husband Tony. We are doing workshops with schools in residence again - beautiful grounds and rooms full of light and learning!

I have also been doing volunteer work for a charitable group called CLAN (Children's Literature Australia Network). Our aim is to publish books and to get them to disadvantaged children/schools when and wherever we can. The first book is The Timor Sparrow, and is one of six books I have written for the project. The Timor Sparrow is being printed in the Tetum Language of Timor Leste.  It will be off to the printer soon, as we have finally secured funding! It's a huge project (24 books) and we are just getting started, but there are some wonderful people I'm working with, so wish us luck!  

My blues band The Dodgy Chairs (featuring guitarist Ken Spencer)  is recording at the moment. Should have a half decent album soon! Also see the Australian feature length movie Now and Then, for a brief peek at illustrations from my picture book The Penguin Shore.


Take a Moment...

I know it's a busy life we all lead, but if possible, try to put some time aside to do a little for the environment. This in turn helps our wild creatures. Remember, the smallest things are the most important and together, we can change things.

I want to thank all the schools and festivals that have kindly invited me along to do workshops and presentations this year, and the wonderful enthusiasm and support I have had from everyone over the last few years.

Good luck to all the budding storytellers out there, and especially to all the people who read our books. Without you, we wouldn’t be here. 


The Children in War  Series  Lothian/Hachette 



This series explores children's experiences of, and reactions to, four different wars involving Australians; WW1, WW2,Vietnam and the war in Afghanistan.

Digger - The Dog Who Went to War

Based on a true story, Digger - the Dog who went to War is the story of a puppy smuggled onto an Australian troop ship during WW1. This is a heartfelt story that shows the bond of love and devotion between a boy and his dog cannot be broken, even by the tragedy of war.

The Afghanistan Pup 2015 CBCA Eve Pownall Notable Books Award, 2015 OLQP Picture Book of the Year Award

An abandoned pup. A young girl in Afghanistan who just wants to go to school, and an Australian Soldier. This is a story of unexpected friendship, sacrifice, and finding hope in the most difficult situations.

Vietnam Diary 2014 CBCA Notable Picturebook Award 

Vietnam Diary follows the story of two brothers, Leigh and Jason, who are inseparable. But when Jason is conscripted and sent to fight in Vietnam, they are divided not just by distance, but by their beliefs about the war.       The book explores the nature of brotherhood against a war that still divides Australian people today.

Angel of Kokoda 3rd CJ Picture Book Awards International-Shortlist 2011, CBCA Notable Picture Book Award 2011

Angel of Kokoda tells the story of Kari, a free spirited mountain boy, living in Papua New Guinea during WW2. When he finds a wounded Australian soldier lying in a ditch, he knows he cannot leave him. Together they embark upon a perilous journey along the Kokoda Track...

My Mother's Eyes - The Story of a Boy Soldier  CBCA Notable Children’s Picture Book 2010, CBCA-Eve Pownall Award, Notable Children’s book 2010    

My Mother's Eyes-The Story of a Boy Soldier tells the story of William, a young boy who enlists in the Australian Army during the first world war. Like many other underage boys, William is accepted into the AIF and sent to the battlefields of France during WW1. His letters home reveal how, for the boy soldiers, the 'great adventure' was both a triumph and a tragedy.

Hachette Children's Books


The Convict Children

The Little Wooden Horse

The Little Wooden Horse (Children of the First Fleet) is a story that begins in northern England in 1777. Elizabeth and Tom are destined to become two of the first convict children to sail to Australia with the First Fleet. We learn of their friendship, as we discover the circumstances that lead to their imprisonment, and eventual transportation to Botany Bay. Their story also tells us of the triumphs, trials and tragedies of that epic journey.


Teacher's notes are available at Windy Hollow Books


Ben and Gracie Art Adventures


Book 1  Ben & Gracie's Art Adventure        Book 2  Inside The World of Tom Roberts

2014 West Australian Young Readers Award Ben and Gracies Art Adventure                               (shortlist) Lothian/Hachette

Aurealis Award 2013 (Best Children's Fiction Told Primarily Through Pictures)                           Inside The World of Tom Roberts  (shortlist) Lothian/Hachette

Join Gracie and Ben on their magical adventures,  as they discover the world of the pioneers, the early settlers and the bushrangers, through the paintings of the famous Australian artists Fred McCubbin and Tom Roberts - and just a little bit of magic!

Books & Teachers notes are available from:

Hachette Children's Books







Tales From Nature 









Migaloo - the White Whale

The incredible true story of Migaloo - the White Whale, and his journey from birth in the sea North of Australia, to the feeding grounds in Antarctica (out in August, 2015)



The Last Tree

Whiteley Award for Children's Literature 2007                                                                                  Environment Award for Children's Literature 2008                                                                              Wilderness Society, Picture Book Section, Shortlist

Teachers notes at                                                                                     

Our forests are being decimated at an alarming rate and we must do all we can to protect them!


Deepsea Whale Rescue Whitley Award for Children's Literature Award 2013             

The amazing true story of the rescue of a Humpback whale in danger.


Journey of the Sea Turtle

Whitley Award for Children’s Literature 2010                                                     

Journey of the Sea Turtle highlights the fragile existence of our Loggerhead Sea Turtle population.                 It follows a Loggerhead Sea Turtle from its nest on a Queensland beach, to the dangers of the open sea.      Lothian/HachetteChildren's                                                                                                                                                Review:                          Teacher's notes at the end of this page


Prayer for the Animals

The recording of Prayer for the Animals is available on CD at

We need to preserve and protect the natural environment if we have any regard for the wonderful wildlife that inhabit this planet.  Lothian/Hachette Children's 



Environment Award for Children'sLiterature 2011                                                                                                 Wilderness Society, Picture Book Section, Shortlist.   Black Dog / Walker Books,

The true story of an amazing rescue of 101 False Killer Whales at Busselton, W.A. Mark worked with old friend Jan Ramage on one of his favourite subjects - the rescue and conservation of our wild creatures.


Little Dolphin  

Follow the life journey of a dolphin as it grows and learns the amazing language of clicks and whistles that this species uses for communication.     Windy Hollow Books


I Saw Nothing - the Extinction of the Thylacine  (New edition, 2013)

Whiteley Award for children’s literature, 2004

Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature - Series 2004

CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Australian Children’s Book 2004


This is the story of the last thylacine, one of Australias most amazing creatures. Mark worked with Gary Crew on this one.         Lothian/Hachette Children's



Young Murphy-A Boy's Adventure      Lothian/Hachette Australia

CBCA Notable Picturebook Award  2006



The Penguin Shore


CBCA Notable Picturebook Award 1996      The Five Mile Press



Windy Hollow Books. Teachers notes at

Teacher's notes available at


All books are available online at the publishers or at:




Other Picture Books


See Children's Books link at the top of this page for older books.


Carpet of Dreams, author, Tessa Duder, Harper Collins 2007

Fortuyn's Ghost, author, Mark Greenwood, Cygnet Books 2006

Young Murphy, A Boy’s Adventure, author: Gary Crew, Lothian/Hachette 2005


Rodeo Darcy, author, Alison Gregory, Cygnet Books 2005


The Extinction Trilogy


       I Saw Nothing – The Extinction of the Thylacine, author; Gary Crew Lothian 2003


       I Said Nothing – The Extinction of the Paradise Parrot, author; Gary Crew, Lothian 2004


       I Did Nothing – The Extinction of the Gastric Brooding Frog, auth., Gary Crew, Lothian 2005


Castaways of the Charles Eaton, author; Gary Crew, Lothian 2002


Yellow-eye, author; David Spillman, ERA Publications 2001


Valley of Bones, author; Gary Crew, Lothian 2000


Rupert Goes to School, author; John Parker, Shorthand, Denver, USA 1999


The Penguin Shore, author; Tim O’Brian, The Five Mile Press 1995


“Hello, Barney!”, author; Mary K. Pershall, Penguin Books 1988



Books with Colin Thiele


       The Fiery Salamander, author, Colin Thiele, Lothian 2007

       Mr. Dumby's Duck, author, Colin Thiele, Lothian 2006



All Marks books are available (including signed copies) through Robinsons Bookshop (Frankston Branch) on 03 9783 6488 or



Picturebook Workshops, Presentations & Storytelling sessions



Recent Literature Festivals 

Melbourne Writer's Festival, MANTLE Conference, Newcastle, Scotch College Literature Festival, Wicked Fun Festival, Melb. Clunes Booktown Book Festival, Ipswich Children's Lit. Festival, Ipswich CYA Conference, Voices on the Coast Lit. Festival and the The Somerset Lit. Festival, Queensland, the Dromkeen Centre for Picture Book Art and the State  Library Children's Book Festival in Victoria. Mount Eliza North Primary School mentorship program. The Fremantle Children's Literature Centre, W.A., Cube at Frankston Arts Centre, the Mornington Peninsula Writers' Festival and the Hastings Literary Festival.

Recent Library Workshops & storytelling Sessions

Noosa, Phoenix Park, Prahran, Cranbourne, Malvern, Carrum Downs, Frankston, Mount Waverly. Mornington, Mulgrave Community House for Monash City Council. Stonington Libraries - Toorak, Prahran, Kingsley Park. 

Recent School Workshops 

Panmure MARC schools (Warnambool area), Yea MARC schools, Buln Buln PS, Scotch College Hawthorn, Essendon PS, Carey Gramm. Second. Kew, Carlton PS Port Lincoln PS, Our Lady of Help Christians PS Eltham, Casey Grammar Cranbourne, Moama PS Apollo Parkways PS Greensborough, Forest St. PS Ballarat, Saint Paul's Bentleigh, Kingswood College Box Hill, Saint Paul's Anglican Grammar Traralgon, Newborough PS, St Mary's Greensborough, Epping PS, Saint Louis PS Aspendale Overnewton Anglican Community College Keilor , Pembroke College Kensington Park SA, Saint Paul's Anglican Grammar Warragul, Saint Thomas More's PS Mt. Eliza. Malvern Valley PS, De La Salle PS, Malvern, St. Josephs Malvern, Holy Ucarist PS Malvern East and Stonington PS. Harrisfield PS, St Josephs PS, Chelsea PS & Berwick PS. 

Workshops & Presentations 

In the 60 minute workshops/presentations we discuss picture books and how different writers and illustrators approach them. We also discuss endangered species and Australian history, the main themes that run through my books. There are also STORIES ABOUT US - our history, our ancestors and our heroes. 

In workshops, there is most of the above, but also illustration techniques, and we work together exploring line, shape and texture, and also discover 'HOW TO TELL THE WHOLE STORY' in your illustrations.

The aim is to encourage students to have confidence in their own writing and illustrations.


Storytelling sessions are 45 min. for mixed groups from pre-school and up. They consist of stories from my books Migaloo, Little Dolphin, Journey of the sea Turtle & 'Where's my Quoll gone'. I also tell stories about my childhood and my army hat!

Sessions all end with drawing, drawing, drawing!




                       Workshops at Books Illustrated Gallery and MENPS picturebook making sessions.


Workshop Feeedback from Schools

Marks workshops are most enjoyable, addressing environmental issues in a fascinating manner as well as encouraging the students to look more deeply at their local surroundings. Excellent!  Anne van den Blink, teacher,  Parktone Primary School, Victoria

The session with Mark was fantastic. His approach to the students and his presentation were excellent. He tapped into their interests to really engage them. Tony Patterson, teacher, Newman College, W.A.

The children were totally engaged with Marks wonderful picture book workshops. We can’t wait to see him again next term.                       Victoria Vaughan, teacher, Mount Eliza North Primary School, Victoria

It was interesting, funny, cool, and Mark is a talented and exciting author/illustrator. Great stories!

Year 6/7 students, Booragoon Primary School

Mark was a fascinating speaker who really kept the kids engaged. A very successful presentation and enriching day. Keep up the good work Mark!  Parents group, Newman College, W.A.

Students, teachers and parents left Mark’s sessions with a thorough understanding of and respect for the processes involved in the making of a picture book. To complete the sessions, Mark’s step by step instructions resulted in all students creating some amazing work.            Jenny Doust, Education Officer, Fremantle Children’s Literature Centre

Phone Simon at 'Booked Out' on (03) 9824 0177 for workshop bookings.


Most Asked Questions by Students

1. Who is your favourite author? Jackie French, Conn Igulden ('Emperor' series), Peter Watt and John Flanagan amongst many others!

2. What is your favourite picture book? I Saw Nothing, by Gary Crew, Fiona The Pig, by Leigh Hobbs & Little Captain, by Claudio Munoz.

3. How much money do you earn? Not enough, but more than some great authors who are still penniless!

4. What is your favourite band? Cream (Eric Clapton), Diesel's band, Jimi Hendrix Experience, Russel Morris BandThe Small Faces, The Beatles, Pearl Jam, and the Rolling Stones, plus many, many more.

5. Who is your favourite singer? Bob Dylan, John Lennon, Roy Orbison, Adele, John Lee Hooker, Dido and many other greats.

6. What is your favourite song?  I have many. 'Tin Soldier', by the Small Faces, 'Revolution' by the Beatles & 'Positively 4th Street' by Bob Dylan), also anything by Diesel, Russel Morris or the Beatles.

7. Do you have a pet? We have two dogs. Kouta, a Sydney Silky Terrier and Toby (I'm not sure what he is) and my sons dog Melvin is also staying with us at the moment, and they all actually get along okay. We have a pond with seven fish and the odd frog drops by now and then, and trees full of Rainbow Lorikeets, Eastern Rosellas and Honey-eaters!

8. What are your hobbies? My Hobbies are playing drums, singing in my band and writing songs. I also love reading Historical fiction.I love Ausi rules football (the mighty Saints!) and follow the mighty Saints. I also love walking on the beach and finding old pieces of driftwood and things. Playing with my grandchildren is the best of all though!

9. How did you become an Illustrator? Very good luck! I had a folio of very strange surrealistic B&W drawings (bodies without heads and strange looking people) and applied for an illustrator job on the student Magazines in Melbourne. Walla! I got the job. All thanks to the wondrful Ann James. 

10. What is the best thing about your job? Going for a walk on the beach/playing drums whenever I want, and watching kids draw.

11. What's the worst thing about your job? Going for a walk on the beach or playing drums whenever I want to, which means I don't get much work done!



(The List looks impressive, but that's because I've put it in big letters!) 

2015 CBCA Eve Pownall Notable Books Award                                                                                                                                 The Afghanistan Pup Lothian/Hachette

2015 OLQP Picture Book of the Year Award                                                                                                                                      The Afghanistan Pup Lothian/Hachette

2014 CBCA Notable Picturebook Award                                                                                                                                           Vietnam Diary Lothian/Hachette

2014 West Australian Young Readers Award                                                                                                                                  Ben and Gracies Art Adventure (shortlist) Lothian/Hachette


2013 Whitley Award for Children’s Literature

Deepsea Whale Rescue with Jan Ramage, DEC (Dept. of the Environment & Conservation WA),


2013 CBCA Picturebook of the Year Award   

A Day to Remember (shortlist) with Jackie French, Lothian/Hachette Australia,


2013 Aurealis Award 2013 (Best Children's Fiction Told Primarily Through Pictures)

Inside The World of Tom Roberts  (shortlist) Lothian/Hachette Children's


2013 White Ravens Awar

Trust Me Too Illustrated short story collection (Top 250 books from around the world, prepared by the International Youth Library).               Various Authors & Illustrators, edited by Paul Collins, Ford Street


2011 Dromkeen Medal (for Services to Children's Literature)


2011 CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Picture Book

Angel of Kokoda Lothian/Hachette Australia


2011 Environment Award for Children's Literature 

Stranded with Jan Ramage, Black Dog Books/Walker Books, Wilderness Society, Picture Book Section, Shortlist.


2010 3rd CJ Picture Books Awards International - Shortlist 

Angel of Kokoda Lothian/Hachette Australia


2010 Whitley Award for Children’s Literature

Journey of The Sea Turtle Lothian/Hachette Australia


2010 CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Picture Book

My Mother's Eyes, The Story of a Boy Soldier Lothian/Hachette Australia


2010  CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Book, Eva Pownall Award

My Mother's Eyes, The Story of a Boy Soldier Lothian/Hachette Australia


Environment Award for Children's Literature 2008

The Last Tree Lothia, Hachette Aust. Wilderness Society, Picture Book Section, Shortlist.


Whitley Award for Children's Literature 1008

The Last Tree Lothian/Hachette Australia  


CBCA Notable Australian Children’s Book 2006

Young Murphy-A Boy's Adventure with Gary Crew, Lothian/Hachette Australia


Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Shortlist 2005

Rodeo Darcy with Alison Gregory, University of Western Australia Press


Whiteley Award for children’s literature, 2004

I Saw Nothing, The Extinction of the Thylacine with Gary Crew. Lothian/Hachette Australia


Whiteley Award for children’s literature, 2005

I Said Nothing, The Extinction of the Paradise Parrot with Gary Crew. Lothian/Hachette Australia


Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2004

The extinction series - Mark Wilson and Gary Crew. Lothian/HachetteAustralia                                                                                                                                                                      I Saw Nothing, The Extinction of the Thylacine

I Said Nothing, The Extinction of the Paradise Parrot                                                                                                                          I Did Nothing, The Extinction of the Gastric Brooding Frog.                     


CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Australian Children’s Book 2004

I Saw Nothing, The Extinction of the Thylacine, with Gary crew, Lothian/Hachette Children's Books


Wilderness Society Environment Award for children’s literature 2003

Yellow-eye, with David Spillman, ERA Publishing


CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Australian Children’s Book 2003

Yellow-eye, with David Spillman, ERA.


CBCA Book of the Year Award: Notable Australian Children’s Book 1996

The Penguin Shore, with Tim O’Brien, The Five Mile Press


Rotring National Art Award for Drawing 1990


Westernport Art Prize 1989  (painting)


Attellier National Art Award 1988 (painting)


Undine Award, Melbourne Town Hall Collection 1988 (painting) 


Applied Chemicals Australia Art Award 1987 (painting)




This is me painting the mural on the YEA MARC Library truck a couple of years ago (I've put on a bit of weight since this photo, but my hair is still white!). It was great fun, as mural commissions don't come along that often, so I really enjoy them when they do. Just have to watch those ladders. It's a long way to the ground from the top of a truck!



Illustration Folio

This section is just to show off a bit!


Published fiction






Published Educational




 Prints and original illustrations from Mark's books are available by contacting;





Teachers notes: My Mothers Eyes-The Story of a Boy Soldier and Angel of Kokoda are available at or Email: for teachers notes for all titles.

Ben and Gracie's Art Adventures teach. notes available at

Workshop Bookings: Phone Mark on 03 97897036 or mail Mark at                                      or phone Simon at 'Booked Out' on (03) 9824 0177



Digger- the Dog Who Went to War  QUIZ


These questions can all be answered by reading or interpreting the text of the picture book.


1.     Where in Australia did Digger come from?


2.     What war did Digger go to?


3.     What did Digger like to do as a little pup?


4.    What is the name of the real dog the story is based on?


5.     What is the final battle in the story?


6.     Who does Mathew write letters to in the story?


7.     Who were the 'Boy Soldiers' in WW1? (see AWM , Boy Soldiers)


8.     What does Digger carry from the tent in the climax of the story?


9.     What is Mathews job in the story?


10. How many Australians lost their lives in WW1?