A factastic tour of Australia from A to Z with award-winning author and illustrator Frané Lessac. Now in paperback! What is the Fremantle Doctor? Where is Qui Qui? And why are some islands named after days of the week? You’ll uncover these exciting facts when you explore the A to Z of Australia – from Bondi to Kakadu and all the way to Taronga Zoo. Discover why Australia is one of the most amazing countries in the world!


Frané Lessac is an author and illustrator of international renown, having over forty children’s books published throughout the world. She was born in the USA and lived on the Caribbean island of Montserrat and London before moving to Australia. Frané has contributed her distinctive paintings to many critically acclaimed children’s picture books, including My Little Island, a Reading Rainbow feature book. Also, On the Same Day in March was named a Top Ten Science Books by ALA Booklist. Frané’s contribution to Amnesty International’s We Are All Born Free, celebrating the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, has been translated into more than 30 languages and was a USBBY Outstanding International Book. Her latest book, A is for Australian Animals, was published by Walker Books Australia in 2017.


A is for Australia is a good reminder that there are plenty of natural and man-made sights to enjoy without a passport. Frané Lessac’s picture book is not just a selection of pretty images but a ‘factastic tour’.


This is a delightful picture book that the whole family will be able to get into.

Practical Parenting

A is for Australia captures the visual diversity of our beautiful country. It is the perfect book to share with family and friends overseas

Kids' Book Review

This book is a joy to look at, read and learn from.

Read and Write with Dale

It is perfect for families to share (and create) their own memories and experiences, and for primary school children to utilise for their Australian studies.

Boomerang Books Blog

I really appreciated the thoughtful choice of facts for each topic

Book Chook

The rich and colourful gouache illustrations extend the text with native plants and animals and lots of visual details. Recommended.

Pinerolo Newsletter

The hero of this informative picture book is Lessac’s brightly coloured, naïve illustrations, which bring each place to life, showcasing not just their topography and flora and fauna, but also a bevy of exuberant people enjoying what each destination has to offer. This is an excellent contribution to both the alphabet genre and to picture books about Australia’s many natural and man-made attractions.

Sydney Morning Herald

I am tempted to describe A is for Australia as an alphabetical extravaganza, but while Frané Lessac’s bold illustrations and attention to detail certainly are extravagant, she has also created a guide to Australia – its uniqueness and diversity – in a way that makes the information accessible to all readers, regardless of age

Creative Kids Tales

Australian picture books feature

Oh Creative Day

Craft Activity

Oh Creative Day

Australia Day List

Kids' Book Review

It is a wonderful way for a child and their family to learn about the country; its landmarks, towns, cities and features

Read Plus


At the Table (January issue)


Mother and Baby magazine


Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators Crystal Kite Award
WAYRBA, Hoffman Award
WAYRBA, Picture Book
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