Elizabeth Cummings, Children's Author
Elizabeth Mary Cummings writes picture books and junior fiction as well as award-winning poetry.
Elizabeth Mary Cummings was born in Manchester England, grew up in Scotland, and studied in Edinburgh. After completing a degree in Psychology and Business Studies, Elizabeth went on to train and work as a primary school teacher for many years in Scotland and New Zealand before moving to Australia to run a language education business. In recent years Elizabeth has become involved in the area of family and mental health education. Her first book, The Disappearing Sister, has gained attention for its simple explanation of eating disorders aimed at siblings and families of sufferers. Elizabeth also writes poetry and won the HARP Writers’ Prize in 2015 for a poem about gender and identity. Her latest picture book, The Forever Kid (Big Sky Publishing), deals with themes of grief and remembrance and is due for release in October 2018.
The most important thing the author wants readers to gain from her books:
All my books seek to help promote conversations about daily life and focus on marginalized or unheard voices as well as deal with topics that are often stigmatized. For my latest book, The Forever Kid, I hope that readers will get a sense that grief is a real and remembrance is important.
Why the author is an authority on the subject of her books:
Elizabeth's academic background in psychology and career in education has given her a deeper understanding of the subject matter for her books. As well as this, personal experience of being a long term carer over the years has added personal perspective to her work.