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Margaret Wild was born in South Africa and came to Australia in 1972. She has been a journalist for newspapers and magazines and has worked as a book editor in children's publishing for over sixteen years, responsible for managing and commissioning a large range of titles. She lives in Sydney and now writes full time.
Margaret has written more than 70 books for children. Her books are published around the world and have won numerous awards. In 1990, she won the Children’s Book Council of Australia’s (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year for The Very Best of Friends. Other CBC short-listed and commended books by Margaret include: Let the Celebrations Begin!; There’s a Sea in My Bedroom; Creatures in the Beard; Mr Nick’s Knitting; Thank You Santa; A Bit of Company; The Slumber Party; and Toby. In 1996, The Midnight Gang, was short-listed for the 1997 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award.
Published in 2000, Fox, a masterpiece written by Margaret and superbly illustrated by Ron Brooks, has won numerous awards, including the CBCA Book of the Year in 2001, the NSW Premier’s Patricia Wrightson Prize and the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award for Children’s Books.
Margaret teamed with Terry Denton in 2010 to produce Leo the Littlest Seahorse, a wonderful story of a little seahorse capable of big things.
Her recent picture book, The Dream of the Thylacine, another magnificent collaboration with Ron Brooks, is a shimmering encounter with the Tasmanian tiger that raises scientific, environmental and ethical issues.
In addition to her numerous picture books, Margaret has published two novels-One Night and Jinx. These books investigate the trials and anxieties faced by teenagers coping with school, relationships and growing up.
In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of children’s literature, Margaret was awarded The Nan Chauncy Award in 2008.