Leah Russack

Leah is a primary school teacher who grew up in rural South Australia.

Her passion for picture books started when she created her first book, The Hat, to share with other classes in primary school.

Today she lives near Adelaide with her husband, three children and a lazy pug called Poncho. She finds that her family provide constant inspiration for her writing and illustrations, from her children’s inquisitive nature and love of all things gross to Poncho’s incredibly busy life.

Her first book, Supermum, (illustrated by Anil Tortop) was published in 2016 with
Scholastic Australia.

When illustrating Leah works with a variety of art media from watercolour to digital, but especially enjoys using acrylic. Her illustrations have been described as character driven with an expressive and friendly style.


Upcoming books:

  • Temper Tabitha written by Jackie Hosking and illustrated by Leah (due out in 2020)
  • Author/Illustrator picture book manuscript with Larrikin House - due out in 2021/2022

Notes from the agent:

Leah is an exceptionally talented author and illustrator. I love her bright, fun illustration style. Leah is such an easy and nice person to work with.