Books

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Children’s books have been my passion and joy since I was a kid – I’ve always wanted to be an illustrator! More recently I’ve also begun writing as well.

Please feel free to email me – jessesmess@gmail.com for an updated portfolio.

Previously published/ coming soon books:

  • Big World, Tiny World: Forest (2022) by Jess Racklyeft, published by Affirm Press
  • Whisper on the Wind (2022) by Claire Saxby, published by Allen and Unwin
  • Peek and Boo (2021) by Coral Vass, published by Windy Hollow Books
  • The Book for Happy Hearts (2021) by Maggie Hutchings, published by Affirm Press
  • There’s Only One Grandpa Like You (2021) by me! Published by Affirm Press
  • There’s Only One Grandma Like You (2021) by me! Published by Affirm Press
  • Iceberg (2021) by Claire Saxby, published by Allen and Unwin. Also sold in Canada, USA and France, Adelaide Festival Award for Literature shortlist 2022, CBCA Notable Picture Book of the Year 2022, CBCA Notable Eve Pownall Award, CBCA Shortlist Picture Book of the Year 2022
  • There’s Only One Friend Like You  (2020) by me! Published by Affirm Press. Also sold in Italy and South Korea.
  • Welcome Baby to This World (2020) by me! Published by Affirm Press. Also sold in Italy and South Korea.
  • Anzac Girl: The War Diaries of Alice Ross-King (2020) by Kate Simpson, published by Allen and Unwin
  • The Year of the Rat (2020) by Charles Hope, published by Wild Dog Books
  • The First Christmas (2019), published by Penguin Random House/Puffin Books
  • Ivy Bird (2019) by Tania McCartney, published by Windy Hollow Books and Blue Dot Press – USA (2020)
  • There’s Only One Dad Like You (2019) by me! Published by Affirm Press
  • There’s Only One Mum Like You (2019) by me! Published by Affirm Press
  • Hip Hip Hooray (2019) by Tania McCartney published by Windy Hollow Books
  • Australia A to Z (2019) by me! Published by Windy Hollow Books
  • The Year of The Pig (2019) by Charles Hope published by Wild Dog Books
  • Love Was Hiding (2018) by Jennifer Loakes, published by Windy Hollow Books
  • Smile Cry (2018) by Tania McCartney, published by Windy Hollow Books
  • The Year of the Dog (2018) by Charles Hope published by Wild Dog Books
  • If Baby Could Talk (2017) by Michael Wagner, published by Windy Hollow Books
  • Merry Everything (2016) by Tania McCartney, published by Windy Hollow Books (CBCA Picture Book of the Year notable)
  • Smile Cry (2016)by Tania McCartney, published by EK Books (CBCA notable and winner of the 2017 SCBWI Crystal Kite Awards for Australian/NZ.)
  • The Midnight Possum (2015) by Sally Morgan, published by Omnibus/Scholastic, 2015
  • Little Koala Lost (2015)  by Blaze Kwaymullina and published by Omnibus/Scholastic

I have also illustrated several board books.