Lane Cove Local Author and illustrator, Aura Parker releases NEW book, Bowerbird Blues

The very talented Aura Parker has released another book called Bowerbird Blues.

In the Cove does not know how Aura managed to create another book when her last book Meerkat Christmas was released in October 2022.

Her latest picture book is about a beautiful Bowerbird on the search for blue!

The story is about the Bowerbird, who is a collector. Always looking, finding … and keeping! Bowerbird loves blue. Magnificent cobalt. Brilliant, vibrant blue! But something is missing. What could it be?

It’s a moving story of longing and connection that unfolds as the bowerbird’s search sends him soaring across the sea, sky and city. He swoops and snatches vibrant treasures for his collection, and soon his bower – a mix of natural and unnatural objects – attracts something greater and more fulfilling than he could ever have imagined.

This Book be a gift for Easter – an alternative to chocolate. The book is available at Burns Bay Bookery, and where all good books are sold.

In 2016, Aura released her debut title, TWIG. The book was very popular and was nominated for a 2017 CBCA Notable for Early Childhood.

Since then, she has released more magical children’s books – Cocoon, Meerkat Splash, Goodnight Glow Worms, The Silly Seabed Song and now, her second meerkat story, Meerkat Christmas.

The first, ‘Meerkat Splash’ was a CBCA Notable book and won Speech Pathology Book of the Year 2020 for speech and language development – birth to three years. It has super cute meerkats and a fun rhyming story that won’t drive you crazy to read a hundred times, which could happen! Aura illustrates her books with watercolour paint, pen and coloured pencil using both traditional and digital techniques.

Meet Aura Parker

You can also meet Aura Parker at the Lane Cove Library on 20 April 2023 at 2.00 pm – 3.00 pm.

Draw along with author and illustrator Aura Parker in this interactive workshop as she shows you how to draw characters and shares insights into the process for creating picture books. Experiment with charcoal and watch Aura’s watercolour demonstration. Plus learn about real glow worms, meerkats, bowerbirds and lots of the creatures that inspire her stories!

For ages 4-10. Limited places, bookings essential.

Paid event, $2.00 + booking fee per child.

Details here.

Other Books By Aura Parker

Meerkat Christmas



Other Books By Aura Parker

The Silly Seabed Song


The Rock Oysters sing the Silly Seabed Song to help send the sea creatures to sleep, but the crazy words are too much fun, and it just makes them all laugh instead! Little Turtle Hatchling Fred wants to rest his head, but how will he ever get to sleep?

Way down deep, under the sea,
Can you hear it? Can it be?
Jelly flubber! Wobbly gong!
It’s the Silly Seabed Song!

Goodnight Glow Worms

This book is the perfect book for young kids to read with their parents before bedtime.  Aura’s playful rhyme and energetic illustrations combine to create the perfect picture book for the very young.  Spoiler Alert:  it has a lovely ending to send your little ones to sleep.

Goodnight, Glow Worms shining bright,
Time to dim your Glow Worm light
Glow Worms gleaming, beaming round,
Can’t switch off and can’t wind down.




Cocoon is a story about patience and achieving your dreams. It also touches on solitude, independence and the wonder of life cycles. It’s the perfect story for bug lovers.  On every page, there are tiny details to discover.  Cocoon is about friendship, patience, imagination, teamwork, counting, insects, goals and flying.  The story is about Dawn and her best friends.  They have a plan to eat as many leaves as they can, weave cocoons and turn them into moths so they can FLY!

Easy peasy, right? But what happens when days go by, and Dawn still doesn’t have her wings? What if she doesn’t grow them at all? Will Dawn ever get to chase the lights with her friends?

Meerkat Splash


ITC asked Aura a few questions about why she loves writing and living in Lane Cove.

Why Did You Decide To Write Children’s Books?

I have always had the writing bug; as a child, I would make up stories and write diaries. These days writing is a bit of an obsession, and the main reason I do it is because I love it! I have a background in illustration and design. Children’s literature is a passion of mine, and the books kind of tie everything together; things I learn from my own children, the patterned nature of the textiles, it is all in there. I love drawing, and with picture books, I get to do both words and pictures! I enjoy my work immensely, and it is exhilarating when I’m working on a story and things start to fall into place. 

Did Living in Lane Cove Provide Some Inspiration?

My first book, TWIG, is dedicated to my son Saxon, and I wrote it when he was going through a huge bug-phase and about to start Kindy. I live on the edge of the bush in Lane Cove, and we used to go exploring together, looking for insects. I enjoy walking around our local area, it is stunning, and we are lucky to be surrounded by nature which is a constant inspiration for my writing. I’ll often come back from a walk brimming with ideas or having solved something to do with a story I’m working on.


TWIG has now gone international and is available in Australia,  Canada (English and French edition ‘Brindille’), South East Asia (English and audio pack edition), China and South Korea and the USA.  This is a huge achievement for a local author.

All books are available from Burns Bay Bookery in Lane Cove.

Aura Parker’s Contact Details

Facebook:  @Aura Parker
Instagram: @AuraParker

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