Children’s books


I am currently writing several children's books, following a lifelong passion for children's literature.

Writing organizations

I am lucky to be part of a fabulous online critique group through the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. I am also an active member of SCBWI, the Australian Writers' Centre and Writers Victoria.

Completed manuscripts

Completed manuscripts are available for review by agents or publishers.
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"The Cunningham Detectives and the Missing Pie"
Peg and Parker Cunningham are smart pigs who run a detective agency. When a pie goes missing, they must be courageous if they are going solve the case. This fictional detective story picture book deals with the themes of honesty, bravery and reconciliation.

Like his flamingo brethren, 'Mingo is very eye-catching and also very quiet and demure…until he opens his beak. This book for the pre-k audience will delight readers and caregivers alike with its hilariously revamped version of a well-known song.

Manuscripts in Final Revision

Manuscripts in revision are available for review by agents or publishers.
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"Weird and Wonderful: funny poems by Elayne Crain"
What if Shel Silverstein and someone awkward but witty (like Tina Fey or Mindy Kaling) collaborated on a seriously funny poetry collection for modern older kids? Good news - I’m here to fill that unfortunate void on the intermediate reader bookshelf! Whether hearing about the exploits of a criminal kangaroo who stuffs her pocket with ill-gotten goods, laughing along to storylines involving siblings of all sorts, or settling in for some witty wordplay, Weird and Wonderful will be an easy book to enjoy or to give as a gift.

You can read a sampling of these poems on my blog.

"Andre's Magic Knitting Needles"
When Andre knits with the unusual needles he got from a flea market, his creations seems to take on magical properties. But when things get out of hand, how can he get his life back to normal - and does he want to?

Draft Manuscripts

Draft manuscripts are not available for review, but I would be happy to submit a query outlining the storyline in more detail.
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"The Cunningham Detectives and the Scary Noise"

"The Cunningham Detectives and the Mysterious Note"

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Children's books