Helen enjoys the challenge of tackling illustrating work in varied styles and media.
Helen Leach’s early illustrating included “Going to the Fair” (Houghton-Mifflin 1996). Illustrated in pencil, this children’s book successfully entered the United States primary school reading scheme for many years and was translated into Spanish.
Helen is best known for her bold, colourful and distinctive paintings. She has received many awards for work in oils, pastels, watercolour, inks and acrylics. Pastels were used to illustrate “Edward’s Magic Paintbox” (Lothian 2002) by English author Sue Robinson.
Little Ant Books
Helen is sole illustrator for Little Ant books, author and publisher Susie Sarah. Susie and Helen have worked together for several years to produce books for all ages.
Reg the Rooster
Another little A5 book for tinies. Reg the Rooster has a strict timetable for daily henhouse activities. A clock face with each illustration is helpful to young readers just learning to tell the time.
All Creatures Short and Tall
A collection of stories about friends furred, feathered or scaly!
Other titles by Helen and Susie:
Emily Emu Chick
A4 picture book with a true Grampians storyline.
Great to read to younger children, and for young readers of around 7-10.
The Big Green Tractor
A4 picture book for readers 7-10 with a Wimmera background. Farmer John falls in love with a big green tractor, but crooks have their eye it too!
Jumping Jack Jones
A4 picture book with much fuller text for reading to early primary age, or around 8-11 year old readers. An imaginative story of Jack with references to Victorian regions from hot Mallee, to Grampians and the chilly Eastern Victorian snowfields.
How to Wash Your Undies
A5 book of nicely varied short stories, hilarious, contemplative, moving, for teens to adults.
Snug Cove Sam
First of A5 series of tiny books for tiny readers.
Snug Cove Sam, a Jack Russell terrier, loves to go out on the fishing boat on Fridays. Great for reading to pre-schoolers!
Bob the Bakery Cat
Bob relishes all sorts of snacks and treats from lots of friends – then sleeps it all off in the comfy chair outside the bakery.
Wilberforce the Wombat
Wilberforce stumbles short-sightedly from one blunder to the next. His friends finally decide he should have his eyes tested!
The Bunyip in Fiery Creek
Susie’s first chapter book.
This lively modern story is placed against the background of the Aboriginal legend of a bunyip in Fiery Creek. A “bunyip”shape cut into the creek bank at Fiery Creek, not far from Ararat, is believed to represent seals which may have made their way inland. Read the book to learn more!
CAMP DOG OF THE KIMBERLEY
A young teacher and his family move from the east coast to the Kimberley. They become owners of a kelpie puppy and name her Jila. As she grows, it becomes clear that Jila doesn’t cope well with the heat of summer. During a visit back to the east coast for the teacher’s family, a friend suggests that they bring Jila next time, leave her for the hottest months, and the friend would send her back by air again as the Kimberley region cooled again. And that’s what they do!
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Purchase at Pomonal Market
Meet Helen at the Pomonal Market, last Sunday every month from 10 to 2 pm. Pomonal is a pleasant Grampians village, 10 minutes before Halls Gap on the Ararat Rd.
You will find a full range of Little Ant books, cards, giclee prints and other items featuring Helen's artwork.Have your purchased books signed by Susie and Helen, with a personal message added. The market is held in the new light and spacious hall, with snacks and sit-down lunches available in a friendly rural atmosphere.