Nina Rycroft

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Nina is based in New Zealand

Australia by Video Conference

Auckland and Regional NZ

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Nina Rycroft has been delighting children with her illustrations for more than a decade. She's had the pleasure of working with the likes of Jackie French and Margaret Wild. 2013 marks the launch of her latest work in 'Dinosaurs Love Cheese' (Jackie French) and the success of 'Pooka' (Carol Chattaway) being awarded a Notable Australian Children's Book for 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Awards.

Nina says "Picture books have always captured my imagination; I still treasure a collection of books from when I was a child. I love the creative potential of a picture book and the collaboration it requires. I approach my work with fun, laughter and lots of love."

Nina's Books

Boom Bah!
by Phil Cummings. Illustrated by Nina Rycroft

This story starts with a Ting! when a tiny mouse taps on a cup with a spoon. And ends with a Tah-dah! As one by one, all the other animals join in. Nod your head. Tap your toe. BOOM BAH! Here we go!

Ballroom Bonanza
By Nina Rycroft

An animal ABC with a difference. Join alpacas, bears, camel and a host of other animals as they conga, can can and hip-hop the night away. Find out why the jaguar blushed and what happened to the elephants when the music stopped. A sumptuous, playful picture book with a dash of mystery and a lot of monkey business.

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Nina's Workshops

"Masterclass - The Art of Creating a Character - Years 3-13

Join children's book illustrator Nina Rycroft in this hand-on interactive workshop to design, develop and breathe life into your very own storybook character. In this illustration workshop we learn to look at the ways in which characters reveal information and contribute to the telling of a story. We brainstorm ideas, build a character profile, learn Nina's anthropomorphic techniques and other drawing tip that will have your character run, jump and leap right off the page!

Dinosaurs Love Cheese - How Nina Rycroft illustrated Jackie French’s Picture Book - Years K & 2-4

A behind the scenes peek at how Nina created the illustrations for 'Dinosaurs Love Cheese' (Jackie French, Harper Collins). After reading the story, Nina will show thumbnails, sketches and final artwork, revealing her illustration process. Discover Nina’s inspiration and humour while discussing character, setting and how the illustrations expand the written story. After questions, students will draw a dinosaur with Nina.

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