James Foley

James Foley
Artist | Author | Graphic Novelist | Illustrator
Home State:
Western Australia (WA)
Theme(s):
Author | Bullying | CBCA Book Week | Courage | Humour | Illustrators | Inclusion | Resilience | Science Week
Presentation Format(s):
Masterclass | Presentations | Professional Development | Talks | Workshops
Audience Type(s): All Ages | Librarians | Parents | Primary Age | Secondary Age | Teachers | Tertiary Age
Visit Type(s): In Person | Online

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James Foley makes picture books, middle grade novels and graphic novels for kids. 

His picture book Stellarphant is available around the world. It was voted Picture Book of the Year in the 2022 Children’s Book Council of Australia’s Shadowers’ Choice Awards; it was named an Honour Book in the 2022 CBCA Picture Book of the Year category; it was voted into Australia’s Top 50 Kids Books; and it was selected for the International Youth Library’s prestigious White Ravens List. It has been shortlisted for a further four awards.

His latest graphic novel series is called Secret Agent MoleBook 1: Goldfish-Finger was released in March 2023, and book 2: The Boar Identity will be available in Aug/Sept.

James is 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, recognition in the Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year awards, and selection to the International Youth Library’s White Raven list.  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.

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