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I am an author and voice for those who yelp, roar, swing, moo, oink squeak and trumpet. My aim is to help animals one picture book at a time.

My second picture book, Billie, is now available!

Check out more details about Billie and my first book, Ella, below.

Nicole Godwin
Tusk Books



Billie the dolphin loves surfing. Join Billie as she searches for the biggest wave in the ocean. In her travels she encounters problems such as huge driftnets, ocean pollution and dolphins in captivity.

This eye-opening story draws attention to the human-made perils for dolphins and other marine wildlife and highlights the urgent need for us to act now to protect and conserve our oceans.

You can also visit the Tusk Books website to purchase Billie and get a sneak peak at some of the pages.




Little Ella the elephant dreams of seeing her mum once again. But can she escape? Is she even brave enough to try?

Join baby Ella on her heart–wrenching quest for freedom, happiness and love.

This captivating picture book provides a glimpse into the lives of elephants being used in the tourism industry. A story that helps plant seeds of compassion for animals, it also highlights our planet’s desperate need for conservation.

You can learn more and purchase Ella from the Tusk Books Website.

Upcoming books

I am very excited to announce that Walker Books Australia have signed my picture book titled Jelly-boy about a jellyfish who falls in love with a plastic bag.

You’ll have to be patient though as it is due for release in early 2020.


More about Nicole

I have been committed to animals as a vegan for over 20 years. My life journey has taught me to look behind what things appear to be at face value.

My professional writing background and my passion for animal rights were destined to collide at some stage. These two important parts of my life have resulted in the formation of Tusk Books. My aim is to create a series of picture books that provide a glimpse into the lives of different animals. Each story will be captivating, but also informative and have unique and beautiful illustrations.

My first book, Ella is about a little elephant who works the streets with her keeper (mahout). Her heart is broken and she desperately wants to find her mum. After visiting Thailand and meeting elephants who had suffered terribly throughout their lives, I knew the first book had to tell their story.

In 2017, I took on the role of ACT Coordinator for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI). This role has allowed me to connect with many of Canberra’s talented authors and illustrators. I was also awarded a scholarship to attend the 2018 SCBWI winter conference in February 2018. The scholarship was awarded to one author and one illustrator worldwide who are seen as being in the verge of a career breakthrough and who are contributing to their local SCBWI chapter.

I look forward to you joining me on my continuing journey.


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