James Foley

James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and comics for kids. He’s the author/illustrator of the S.Tinker Inc graphic novel series for middle primary: Brobot (2016), Dungzilla (2017), Gastronauts (2018) and Chickensaurus (2020). The series stars Sally Tinker, the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and Joe Tinker, full-time baby. James also illustrated the Toffle Towers series written by Tim Harris; the cult-favourite and CBCA-shortlisted My Dead Bunny (2015); and its follow-up, There’s Something Weird About Lena (2020). James contributed to Total Quack Up (2018) and Funny Bones (2019), both anthologies of funny stories with proceeds going to charity. His earlier books In The Lion (2012), The Last Viking (2011) and The Last Viking Returns (2014) have all scored several honours, including children’s choice awards, shortlistings in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list. His latest book, Stellarphant (November 2021), has been shortlisted for the 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year, shortlisted for the 2021 Aurealis Award for Best Children’s Fiction, shortlisted for the 2021 WA Premier’s Book Awards and the 2022 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards.

James is an ambassador for Books In Homes and Room To Read. He is a massive Marvel movie nerd. He comes from a long line of queuing enthusiasts.

Books from this author



Speech Pathology Book of the Year (Shortlisted 2022)
WA Premier’s Book Award (Shortlisted 2021)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year (Shortlisted 2022)
Aurealis Awards for Best Children’s Fiction (Shorlisted 2022)
Aurealis Award Best Graphic Novel/Illustrated Work (Shortlisted 2018)
International Youth Library’s White Ravens list (Winner 2013)
SCBWI Crystal Kite Award (Winner 2012)
WAYRBA Hoffman Award (Winner 2012)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Junior Judges Award (Winner 2012)
Children’s Book Council of Australia Early Childhood (Shortlisted 2012)
Aurealis Award (Shortlisted 2012)
Adelaide Festival Awards for Literature (Shortlisted 2012)