Pamela Allen is a New Zealander, but Australian children think she is Australian because her books are published here. She did live here for quite a time , but has settled back in
Auckland. She is prolific, and as the author and illustrator she makes a great choice for teachers who want to do an author and/or illustrator study. Her books are always out of the library and they are so well used they often need replacing. My favourite is Alexander's Outing and the children's favourite is Mr McGee and the Biting Flea. They love the fact that Mr McGee is hopping all over the place with his clothes off!
The second author celebrating a birthday today is American, Debra Frasier. Like Pamela Allen she too is an author/illustrator, but she has many fewer books to study. I first got to know her work when I purchased Out of the Ocean. A Year 1 teacher borrowed it and used the
wonderful collages in it as an art focus and her class then produced an amazing mural for an art show. Since then the book has been popular. In the library we also have Miss Alaineus: A Vocabulary Disaster. This hilarious story lends itself to dressing up, and having a parade of 'vocabulary'. On Debra's website their are examples of
schools who have done just that!