Yvonne Winer was born in South Africa and has lived in Australia since 1961. She has published 26 books, and has spent the greater part of her life as an academic. She has a PhD in Philosophy, and has acted as a consultant in basic education and early childhood, to UNICEF in the Pacific, and as an early childhood consultant, developing literacy programs in South Africa and Malaysia. In 2002, she conducted writing workshops in Vanuatu, which resulted in 40 picture books for preschool children in the 115 languages of Vanuatu. Yvonne sees story telling as a rich experience that meanders through a pathway of music, dance, drama, rhymes and playful language. A pathway that provides a wealth of encounters with the visual arts and invites children, their parents, grandparents, carers and early childhood educators to share in the journey.