Pamela Allen

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Pamela Allen
Born 1934
New Zealand
Occupation Writer
Nationality New Zealand
Subjects Children's Picture Books

Pamela Kay Allen, MNZM (born April 1934, in Devonport, New Zealand)[1] is a children's writer and illustrator. She has published over 30 picture books since 1980, when she moved to Australia. Eight of her books have been adapted for the stage by The Patch Theatre Company and performed at the Sydney Opera House. Allen currently lives in Auckland.


Allen has won a number of Awards for her children's books, both in Australia and around the world.

She is the only person to win the CBCA Children's Picture Book of The Year in two consecutive years. In 2001 her picture book, Who Sank The Boat?, won the Gaelyn Gordon Award for a Much-Loved Book.[2] She has also won The New South Wales Premier's Award For The Best Children's Book twice and an International Board on Books for Young People Honour Diploma For Illustration.

In 2004, she won The Margaret Mahy Medal,[2] New Zealands most prestigious award for children's literature.

In the 2005 New Year Honours, Allen was made a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit, for services to children's literature.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Allen currently lives in Auckland, New Zealand with her husband Jim Allen, a conceptual artist. She has two children, Ben and Ruth (glass artist), and two grandsons.


  1. ^ interview, Christchurch Public Library
  2. ^ a b Pamela Allen, New Zealand Book Council
  3. ^ New Year Honours List 2005. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 2 January 2013.

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