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Children’s Books

Heather Gordon (aka Barossa Nanna) is a children’s book creator who writes about the natural world around her.  Her stories are full of personality and colour, and appeal to children’s natural fascination with the world around them.  There are stories about the many interesting things you can see and discover when you stop and look around you, when you’re not afraid to ask questions and try new things.  Along the way there are lessons in valuing our natural world and finding new ways to repurpose old things.


Self Portrait, Heather Gordon, 2020

Heather’s illustrations tend to be intensely colourful, created from her personal collection of photographs, birthday cards and papers too attractive to send to recycling. Rather than impose her own thoughts on the images represented in the collages she creates, Heather invites children to generate their own narrative about what they are seeing. This encourages them to use their imaginations.  It is also a lovely way to share and generate discussion with a child as they identify the colours, count the objects, and form their own story around what the images represent.

“Initially, circumstances meant that I worked alone as I explored the collage process. Working collaboratively enables me to stay connected with people, via technology, and occasionally face to face (socially distanced, of course). Individuals bring their own personalities, skills and life experiences, sparking a uniquely creative process. And, it’s fun!”

Heather Gordon
artist, author, children’s book creator

26 June 2022

Acknowledging working on Ngadjuri, Peramangk, Kaurna Country in the Barossa and Kokatha, Barngarla, Kuyani, Adnyamathanha Country around Andamooka and Lake Torrens in South Australia.