zanni louise children's author

Zanni Louise has been writing stories since she was little, growing up in country NSW. Six-year-old Zanni used to get in trouble for staring at people and making up stories about having a donkey. Grown-up Zanni has turned her love for people and fairytales into a writing career.

Author of over twenty-five kids’ books, including bestselling picture book series like HumanKind and Errol, Zanni writes and draws every day and hopes she will keep going until she’s too old to hold a pen!

Zanni teaches at the Australian Writers Centre, offers private mentoring, and travels to schools and festivals across Australia, helping creatives achieve their writing dreams. 

She is proud to be an author ambassador for Room To Read, an organisation helping to educate children. 
Zanni’s literary work is represented by Lori Kilkelly at LK Literary Agency. Contact The Children’s Bookshop Speakers’ Agency or Speakers Ink to book Zanni for speaking engagements.

Awards and grants

Too Busy Sleeping Long Listed Children’s Book Awards, Australia 2016
Archie and the Bear Long Listed Children’s Book Awards, Australia 2018
Archie and the Bear International White Raven’s Children’s Catalogue 2018
Writer in Residence Marin Primary & Middle School 2018
Regional Writers Grant Create NSW 2019
Short Response Children’s Illustration Grant Create NSW 2020
Human-Kind Best Non-Fiction Children’s Book Bookstagang 2020
Human-Kind Shortlisted Best Designed Children’s and Young Adult Series Australian Book Design Awards 2021
Human-kind Persistence Highly Commended Australian Educational Publishing Awards 2021