Mark Wilson is a multiple award-wining author/illustrator with seventeen books in print worldwide. Mark grew up with a love of comics and drawing, and has a passion for Australian history and the environment, particularly endangered species, exploring these themes through his picture books and workshops. He has won five Royal Zoological Society (Whitley) Awards for children’s literature, nine CBCA Awards, including a 2015 CBCA Eva Pownall Notable Children’s Book Award for The Afghanistan Pup. He also has three Wilderness Society Picture Book Awards and was shortlisted in the 3rd C.J. Picture Book Awards International. In 2011, Mark was presented with the Dromkeen Medal for Services to Children’s Literature. Mark hopes his books not only encourage students to study their own family history, but also the history that this brilliant country is built on. His workshops also focus on Australian native species and habitat, and hopes students can build confidence in their own writing and illustrating.