Deborah Kelly


Deb Kelly is a multi award winning, internationally published author of picture books, junior fiction and middle grade. 

The Thing about Oliver (Wombat Books) was shortlisted in the younger readers category of the Children’s Book Council of Australia awards, shortlisted for Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year and won the Australian Association of Family Therapists book of the year award in the younger readers category. Her picture book Me and You (Penguin Viking) won Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year award (3-5 year olds) in 2017. 

Deb visits schools, libraries and festival events (including Newcastle Writers’ Festival and Sydney Writers’ Festival) to share her books with children. 

Many of her books are included in Premier’s Reading Challenge lists around Australia. 

She is a Role Model for Books in Homes and reviews children’s books for Reading Time magazine. 

Deborah's books with Wombat | Rhiza include:
Ruby Wishfingers: Skydancer's Escape
Ruby Wishfingers: King of the Castle
Ruby Wishfingers: Toad-ally Magic
Ruby Wishfingers: Funny Money
Ruby Wishfingers: Hide-and-Seek
The Thing about Oliver