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Anna Ciddor

Author, Illustrator, Online - Virtual Visits

Anna Ciddor inspires audiences with her passion for turning dry facts into gripping narrative. She has written and illustrated over 50 books, including the best-selling historical fantasy Runestone. In more recent years, Anna has created a hit with a story based on her grandmother’s childhood in 1920s Poland – The Family with Two Front Doors.

Her newest book, 52 Mondays (March 2019), is inspired by her own childhood memories of 1960s Australia. 52 Mondays has been shortlisted for the 2019 YABBA, KOALA and KROC children’s choice best book awards.


What other jobs have you had?

Believe it or not, my first career was as a senior school maths teacher, but I always had a creative side as well, (my maths was a bit creative too!). When I had kids, I took a break from teaching and decided to have a go at getting a book published. The rest is history…

What themes are recurring in your work?

I love research, so my books are always based on some amazing truth I have uncovered – usually about another time or place because I am obsessed with the past.

What have been the highlights of your career?

It’s been an unreal and exciting joy to have several of my books chosen by kids for children’s choice awards, to win three Notable Book Awards from the Children’s Book Council and be shortlisted twice for the Speech Pathology of Australia Book of the Year. It’s a thrill every time I receive emails from readers telling me how much they love something I’ve written, or how my books have set them on the path to reading and enjoying books.


Anna spoke to the Grade 5 & 6 students about her new book “The Family with Two Front Doors”. I have never seen a group of students so engaged. Anna tailoured her presentation to exactly the right level. Both students and teachers were thoroughly enthralled. The presentation was engaging, educational, informative and moving. Anna brought props which really made the story come alive. Students asked thoughtful and relevant questions of Anna at the end of her presentation. Our students cannot wait to get their hands on a copy of the book!

It was perfect! If only all visiting authors and illustrators were this good!

—S. Austin, Karoo Primary School, August 2017

Your presentation was fascinating and I thought the way you linked the story with the research process and family connection was perfect.

— J. Laretive, Teacher Librarian, Moriah College, Sydney

I was inspired so much when you came in and how you turned family history into an absolutely amazing book! I really hope that one day I can do the same.

—Student, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Melbourne

Anna had the audience locked on to her presentation from start to finish. She unfolded a fascinating story of literary detective work, tracing the lives of her Polish grandmother and her family, and the audience couldn’t wait for a formal question-and-answer period at the end — they threw in questions as the session went along, and she handled them brilliantly and honestly.

—Chris, Committee Member, Williamstown Literary Festival

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