Nanna’s Button Tin

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Written by Dianne Wolfer
Illustrated by Heather Potter
Published by Walker Books Australia, June 2017

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Nanna’s button tin is very special. It has buttons of all shapes and sizes and they all have a different story to tell. But today, one button in particular is needed. A button for teddy. A beautiful story about memories and the stories that shape a family.


My grandmothers were skilled sewers and they both had beautiful button tins. When I was a young girl, I loved shaking those pretty tins. I would tip out the buttons to make patterns, sort colours, shapes and choose favourites. Memories of those button tins inspired this gentle story about a girl and her nanna looking for a very special button.

Since the launch in June 2017, Dianne has shown her own button tins and childhood friend, Eeyore, to junior students across Australia and during BookweekMonth she enjoys sharing button craft with hundreds of children.

Behind the Scenes:

buttons-proofs   nanna internal opening

nanna internal party

Images from Heather Potter’s notebooks

Heather has kindly given me photocopies of 15 pages from her sketchpads showing the development of characters as well as page design and storyboard details. These pages are now laminated ready for sharing with students during school visits.

heather sketch



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