Frances Watts

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Frances Watts in 2011

Frances Watts is the pen-name of Ali Lavau, a Swiss born Australian author, who moved to Sydney, Australia when she was three years old.[1] She has studied English Literature at Macquarie University, going on to teach Australian Literature and children's literature. After graduating with a PhD, she obtained her first job in publishing.

Awards and honours[edit]

  • 2006 CBCA Book Of The Year Awards in the Early Childhood category, Honour book:Kisses For Daddy[2]
  • 2008 CBCA Book Of The Year Awards, Shortlisted: Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books[3]
  • 2012 CBCA Book Of The Year Awards, Notable Book: Goodnight, Mice!
  • 2012 Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction Winner: Goodnight, Mice!


  • This Dog Bruce (2004)
  • Kisses for Daddy (illus. David Legge) (2005)
  • Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books (2007)
  • Captain Crabclaw's Crew (2009)
  • Parsley Rabbit's Book about Books (2007)
  • Extraordinary Ernie & Marvellous Maud (2009)
  • The Greatest Sheep in History (2009)
  • Goodnight, Mice! (illus. Judy Watson) (2011)


  1. ^ About Frances Retrieved 18 July 2010
  2. ^ CBCA Awards List 2006 Retrieved 2010
  3. ^ Frances Watts Retrieved 18 July 2010