Lorraine grew up in Northern Victoria and attended one-teacher rural schools as a child. She always loved to read but had no real interest in writing until much later, when she was deputy principal of a large inner city Melbourne school, Helen St Northcote.
The student population included a majority of recently arrived migrant children together with impoverished Australian born children. At that time there were no books for young children which showed children of the inner city. The Northcote children could not identify with the characters of the books in their school. Lorraine then set to work writing about the Helen St children. Thus her first series of City Kids books was published. She has now written several hundred books for children including the City Kids, Country Kids and Footy Kids Series.
Today she combines education consultancy, with writing, both for children and for teachers.
ALEA Medal, awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators’ Association, 1996
The 2004 Service Award, presented by the Whole Language Umbrella, USA.
The ALEA Citation of Merit Award for Literacy – The Garth Boomer Award- awarded by the Australian Literacy Educators Association, 2005
Life Time Membership Award, presented by the National Council of Teachers of English, USA, 2011.