Debra Tidball


Debra writes award winning picture books and short stories for children. When I see Grandma won the children’s book section of the CALEB Award, and The Scared Book won the SCBWI Crystal Kite Australia and NZ award. Both books were shortlisted for the Speech Pathology Book of the Year.

As a Social worker and author, Debra’s books reflect emotional issues that impact children. When I see Grandma is drawn from her experience of having a parent with dementia, and reflecting the experience of many with ageing parents and grandparents. 

Debra has a particular passion for picture books and shares them with whoever will listen – often her big-eared friends, Archie the French Bulldog and Telly the donkey, and listeners of her book reviews on Sydney Radio with fellow Wombat Books author, Katrina Roe.

She lives in Sydney but pretends she lives in the country - the 100 Acre Wood with Winnie the Pooh and Eeyore would be her dream home. She loves visiting schools, preschools and libraries and talking about the wonder of books and imagination.

To follow Debra, you can visit her:


facebook page: @debratidballpage

Twitter: @debratidball

Instagram: @debra_tidball