Narelda Joy is an award winning children’s book author and illustrator, and book designer. She is known for her highly textural illustrations, including collage and three-dimensional works, in both traditional and digital mediums.

Narelda also makes puppets, models, characters, garments, and theatrical hats.

Narelda is passionate about children’s books, and believes in encouraging creativity in the young. She holds talks and workshops in libraries and schools from Kindergarden to Year 12.


Tassie Rhymes for little tigers (2022) by Narelda Joy

Tassie Rhymes for little tigers – Braille & Low Vision Edition (2023) by Narelda Joy

Reginald’s Christmas (2020) – Patricia Pettett & Narelda Joy

Message in a Sock (2019) – Kaye Baille & Narelda Joy

Winner - US Northern Lights Book Award (History)

Shortlisted - NSW Premier’s History Awards

Shortlisted - West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards.

On the Premier’s Reading Challenge List

Fox and Moonbeam – Alessah Darlison & Narelda Joy

On the NSW Premier's Reading Challenge List

The Ultimate Frontier (2014) – Ken O’Donnell & Narelda Joy

Illustrator -The NSW School Magazine

Vice President - Blue Mountains sub-branch of Children’s Book Council of Australia

Winner – NSW State Medal for Design – highest marks in the state

Bachelor of Costume 1– National Institute of Dramatic Art – High distinction

Advanced Diploma in Design and Illustration - Distinction

Theatrical and Fashion Millinery – Distinction

Exhibitions: Bologna Children’s Book Fair – virtual illustrators wall, Books Illustrated Gallery - Asian Festival of Children’s Content (Singapore), Blue Mountains City Art Gallery, Sustainable Waste to Art – See Street Gallery, Reart - M2 Gallery, Norman Lindsay Gallery, Blue Mountains Historical Society Art Exhibition, Raw Grandeur, Scenic World, The Blackheath Hub, The Nook Leura

©Narelda Joy 2013-2023