Frances Plumpton cannot remember a life without books. As a child her family lived in Northland and books were always eagerly anticipated birthday and Christmas presents, so it isn’t really surprising that she has had a long career as a children’s librarian, much of it specialising in preschool services in West Auckland. This has been followed by working with New Zealand children’s writers and illustrators as a literary agent, establishing her own agency in 2012.
She is a founder member and former Trustee of Storylines Children’s Literature Charitable Trust of New Zealand Te Whare Waituhi o Aotearoa.
Frances received a Churchill Fellowship in 1989 to study public library services to young children in the UK. In 2006 she was awarded the Storylines Betty Gilderdale Award for outstanding service to New Zealand children’s literature and literacy.