JR Poulter

JR Poulter heads Word Wings Collaborative, producing teacher notes and activity sheets for all books. She worked as senior reference librarian, senior education officer, lecturer in English expression, editor and in a circus. Published in Australia, UK and USA, and Europe, she has 30+ children’s and education books with mainstream and digital publishers. Major awards include Children’s Choice, NZ, Top Ten Children’s and YA Books, NZ and Premier’s Recommended Reading List, NSW. More books are coming.

Under JR McRae, she creates novels, award-winning literary poetry, short stories and artworks.

JR loves teaching creativity with words and doing readings. She created a picture book in collaboration with Craig Smith for a participatory audience at the Lockyer Festival.

Major Awards: 

  • Children’s Choice, New Zealand
  • in Top Ten Children’s Books & YA Books, New Zealand,
  • “Mending Lucille” won Crichton, CBCA Award
  • Premier’s Recommended Reading List, NSW, Australia
  • Poetry – Premier’s Open Literature Award [Warana]
  • Simone Wood  Award, USA – children’s book on dance
  • LiFE Award, Literature for Environment [for 3 books]
  • Award-Winning Finalist, International Book Awards
  • Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award – Picture Books 5 and younger
  • “Getting Home” Winner, Purple Dragonfly Award – Best Illustrations
  • Readers’ Favorite International Book Award Winner



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