Born in New Jersey, Frané Lessac loves to travel and to work on books based on her worldwide journeys. Attracted by the beauty of Montserrat, she moved to the small Caribbean island, which inspired My Little Island (HarperCollins). The first of many books written and illustrated by Frané. A number of her paintings are part of private collections worldwide and has exhibited her work in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, and London. She studied at the New School for Social Research in New York, University of Southern California, and University of California Los Angeles.
Frané often speaks at festivals in Australia and overseas sharing the process of writing and illustrating books, empowering both children and adults. She’s presented at the Edinburgh International Writers Festival, Politics and Prose Bookstore in Washington DC, the Eric Carle Museum, Brooklyn Book Festival, Ubud Writer’s Festival, Singapore Asian Festival of Children’s Content and the Los Angeles and Bologna SCBWI Conferences. In 2015, she’s presenting at the Perth International Writers Festival, Bookaroo Festival in India and the Beijing Bookworm Literary Festival.
Frané is the Regional Advisor for the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators for Australia West. In 2010 she was awarded The Muriel Barwell Award for Distinguished Service to Children’s Literature. Frané joined the National Year of Reading initiative as a State Ambassador in 2012 and a Room to Read Ambassador in 2014.