Peter Carnavas grew up in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland. He became a primary school teacher and it was during this time that he began to immerse himself in picture books. His first book, Jessica’s Box, was shortlisted for the 2008 Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the 2009 CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators. He has since written and illustrated many picture books, which have been translated into German, Italian, Portuguese and Dutch. In 2018, his first children's novel, The Elephant, won the Queensland Literary Awards' Children’s Book Award. The Elephant was also shortlisted for The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards – Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature, the ABIA Awards – Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year, and CBCA's Book of the Year, Younger Readers. Peter lives on the Sunshine Coast with his wife, two daughters and a scruffy dog that occasionally escapes.