I am truly honoured and over-the-moon happy that All I Want for Christmas is Rain is on the Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood Book of the Year 2017 Short List. I am so proud of this book and, in a way, it is my thank you to Australia for my life here. Australia is my adopted home and I love it. It is, of course, written for all of the people who live on the land who have experienced drought. I have been very humbled and moved by the feedback I have received. The book is dedicated to the farmers of Australia and I want to thank you again for feeding Australia.
Thank you to Megan Forward for her perfect illustrations; they absolutely exceeded my expectations. From the very beginning, I knew that if the illustrations didn’t look right, the book would fail – I am so fortunate to have been able to work with Megan on this book because her illustrations completely hit the mark. Thank you to New Frontier – I love working with you! Thank you for supporting Australian authors and illustrators and for publishing the most beautiful children’s picture books available today.
I am so happy to have been short listed – it is an amazing feeling! Thank you to the CBCA for your recognition of this story.