Hi I’m Shelly, a children’s picture book author. Thank you for visiting my website. Please have a good look around, there is lots to see, and if you have any questions jump on my contacts page and send me an email, I’d love to hear from you.

I am an Internationally published picture book author with books in North America, Europe and Australia.  I love to write books that resonate with children’s interests and sense of adventure. My books include; Hello, Baby! Allen & Unwin and Little Genius Books, You’re One! and You’re Two! Allen & Unwin and Doubleday Books, There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book! Allen & Unwin and Blast Off! Penguin Random House.

I’m so excited to introduce ‘Hello Baby’ An adorable picture book that celebrates the arrival of a new baby, with gorgeous illustrations by Jedda Robaard, bestselling illustrator of It’s Not Scribble to Me.

Here you are. Look at you!
Tiny, precious, all brand-new.
At first you were a beating heart,
Now your life’s about to start … Hello, Baby!
A sweet story that perfectly captures the special feelings that arrive with a new baby, and which will welcome that bundle of joy into hearts and homes.
Hello Baby Radio interview  Shelly Unwin on By The Book
Hello Baby Youtube Storytime Unley Libraries Shares Hello Baby
Hello Baby Auslan Storytime Darwin Library Auslan Storytime Hello Baby

BUY HERE Australia



Looking for School Holiday or Classroom activities? – Check out my video with the National Library of Australia here: Blast Off! Shelly Unwin video introducing fun space activities

My first series of five picture books You’re One! to You’re Five! or ‘The You’re Series’ as they’re affectionately known was published by Allen & Unwin and hit shelves in June 2017. You’re One! and You’re Two! released into the US in September 2019 with DoubleDay Books (PRH)


Allen & Unwin teamed me up with the fantastic illustrator Katherine Battersby https://wellreadrabbit.wordpress.com and we are so excited to have brought these books into the world together. Buy here

My narrative non-fiction picture book, Blast Off! Illustrated by the awesome and hilarious Ben Wood http://www.benwoodillustrations.com/  launches readers on a space adventure- published in April 2018 by Penguin Random House. Buy here

There’s a Baddie Running Through This Book. Published by Allen & Unwin and illustrated by the super talented Vivienne To. It was released in October 2018. Buy here

Baddie_GOOD QUALITYSunday Telegraph review

As well as writing picture books I also tinker with young adult fiction. There is something so magical about being able to revisit your teenage years. Remembering the overwhelming, the dramatic and the reckless  and working them into a piece of fiction that will resonate with today’s readers.

A little bit of background

I was Born in the UK in 1977. I grew up and was educated in the small country town of Ashbourne on the edge of the beautiful Peak District in the Midlands. My childhood was spent surrounded by kids, animals and the occasional pixie fairy. I was one of three children but my wonderful parents also fostered 11 little children whilst I was young. Riding horses and reading books were my main two loves. After leaving high school I studied teaching and biology at university in Birmingham and left with a first class honors degree.

My teaching degree re-ignited my passion for beautifully written and illustrated children’s literature.

I moved to Australia in 2002 where I forged a career in sales. In 2006 I married my Australian husband, Sean, and we now have two young children and a gorgeous puppy. Given my teaching background I had always wanted to write children’s stories that truly engaged with the reader. Many of my picture books speak directly to the reader, like the book is having a conversation with them, and the book and the child are on a journey together.

My three little people

4 thoughts on “About

  1. Hi, my name is Sienna Lau (Year 3 student). Thank you for visiting us in Beaumont Road Public School yesterday. I told my mum about you and searched this site. I love reading and drawing too, I understand it’s not easy to publish a book but I hope I can have my own book in the future. 😀


    1. Hi Sienna,
      It was so lovely to meet you yesterday and I am thrilled that you searched my site and sent me a message. It’s fabulous that you would one day like to publish your own book. I wish you all the very best of luck!! 👍👍
      Best wishes


  2. hi Shelly my name is Sophie im one of Katie’s friends but i think your books our wonderful and my older sister is having a baby soon so when that baby grows up a little more i am sooo buying one of your books honestly as a year 6 student even i love reading your books they are soo amazing.


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