Rebecca Young

about me

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I grew up in suburban Sydney with two brothers, a swing set and the scent of gardenias. My days were filled with chalk drawings on driveways, backyard battles, blanket forts, dollhouse drama, journal ramblings... and lots and lots of picture books.

These days I love working with words and pictures as both a publisher and an author. Teacup (illustrated by Matt Ottley) won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature in the NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016 and has been published internationally. The Speedy Sloth (illustrated by Heath McKenzie) is ALIA’s National Simultaneous Storytime picture book for 2023.



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  • Cover for The Speedy Sloth depicting a stylised illustrated sloth wearing athletic wear.
  • The Speedy Sloth

    Illustrated by Heath McKenzie
    scholastic press

    Meet Spike, the most adorable and inspiring picture book heroine, who readers will be cheering all the way to the finish line!

    - ALIA National Simultaneous Storytime picture book, 2023

  • Thimble spread
  • Thimble

    Illustrated by Tull Suwannakit
    scholastic press

    When her grandmother’s time comes, Mabel finds something left behind.

    A beautiful story about how a tiny thimble and an unfinished blanket can help mend a heart.

  • Teacup sample spread
  • Teacup

    Illustrated by Matt Ottley
    scholastic press

    Once there was a boy who had to leave home . . . and find another.

    - Winner, Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, NSW Premier’s Literary Awards 2016

    - Shortlisted, Best Designed Children’s Illustrated Book, ABDA Book Design Awards 2016

    - Shortlisted, Griffith University Children’s Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards 2015

  • The Skunk with No Funk spread
  • The Skunk with No Funk

    Illustrated by Leila Rudge
    walker books

    Woody was not what his family expected . . . Not a whiff of mud, not a sniff of swamp, not a dash of dung. No smell at all. Woody was a skunk with no funk!

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  • Button Boy sample spread
  • Button Boy

    Illustrated by Sue deGennaro
    scholastic press

    A book about a boy and his buttons, and how the search for one thing can lead to the delightful discovery of another.

    - Notable Book, CBCA 2012

    - Highly Commended, Best Designed Children’s Picture Book, APA Book Design Awards 2012

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