Nicky Johnston is a primary educator, speaker and children's book author and illustrator. Passionate about raising awareness of the importance of children's emotional well-being, Nicky has written books to help children deal with anxiety and develop resilience. She is an experienced public speaker and presents at parent forums, seminars and conferences. Her illustration style is described as whimsical, playful, narrative, emotive and dreamy. She works mainly in watercolor, ink and pencil. She also produces work digitally using a variety of illustration software. Nicky's first children's book Go Away, Mr Worrythoughts! was adapted into a theatrical production. For five years the show has been performed at primary schools throughout Victoria, educating children dealing with anxiety and helping to develop a healthy resilience. For four years, Nicky was the Creative Director of 52-week Illustration Challenge Facebook group. This online Illustration Challenge inspires a community of artists and illustrators to create artwork using weekly theme prompts while providing a safe and encouraging environment for personal artistic development. Paul Russell has always been passionate about stories, even before he could read. Determined never to grow up and lose his imagination, he is a teacher, playwright, father, artist and author but maybe not always in that order. He is passionate about children's literacy and in building an appetite within children for the written word. Paul is also a dyslexic. He was inspired to write My Storee because, as a child with dyslexia, he wasn't supposed to want to read or write, but he did - all because he had one teacher who believed in him and a family who supported his creativity. My Storee is his second picture book for EK, following on from the much-loved Grandma Forgets with Nicky Johnston as illustrator.
"It's evident that Russell's heroine knows that diminished memories don't diminish love in the slightest; families in similar situations should find this a useful resource for framing challenging moments in positive ways." "Grandma Forgets is a lovely uplifting story about a family whose Grandmother is suffering from Dementia. Written in the child's narrative, it offers an insight into the relationship the child had with the grandmother and how they are keeping the relationship positive and coping with the illness." Kid's Book Review "Grandma Forgets is a timeless treasure made especially for children (and their parents) who are trying to come to terms with dementia." "Dementia is difficult enough for adults to accept, let alone to explain to little ones. But this gorgeous picture book navigates this tricky territory with aplomb" "the love between them all just oozes from the page setting up the perfect opportunity to let the children tell and draw their own stories of their own special moments with their grandparents, perhaps cementing them even more firmly.. A family story that provides lots of comfort." "I found the book to be sweet, enlightening and it offered a positive spin on a situation that can be hard to explain to young children. I especially like how the book reflects on so many positive memories, and how it doesn't matter that the Grandma has forgotten, as this means that they get to make new memories for her." "I give this book five stars! The illustrations were so cute ... This is such a nice book." "Dealing with dementia is tough. It's sad and for children, it's confusing. I found this book to be really uplifting and teach a few coping mechanisms. It shows that even though Grandma may not remember any of their names she will always know how much she is loved "