By Jacqui Halpin

It’s Time All Possums Went To Bed

Children’s Story

Mummy says it’s time for bed, but Milly has other ideas! She’s a possum nibbling juicy grapes and pears. She’s a bilby digging outdoors, an echidna wiggling on the ground, an emu pecking at seeds, and a kangaroo bouncing around. But even animals have to go to bed sometime …

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Australian Children’s Author

Jacqui Halpin

Jacqui Halpin is a former registered nurse, tuckshop convenor, and children’s author. Never a reader at school, her passion for children’s books came when reading bedtime stories to her three children. She completed a Diploma of Professional Children’s Writing and now finds joy in reading her own picture books to her grandchildren.

“It’s Time All Possums Went to Bed is a playful and loving ode to bedtime routines, featuring upbeat rhyme from Jacqui Halpin and gorgeous art from Gavin Scott.”

This is a playful and beautiful Australian bedtime time story, that oozes with the love between mother and child. With every excuse Milly comes up with, mother is there willing to play one more game, but reminding her child then it’s bedtime, just the same.”

-Mia MacCrossan: StoryLinks

It’s Time All Possums Went to Bed is a great introduction for young readers learning about native animals and their behaviors shown through Milly’s active play and is well suited for early childhood classrooms and libraries. 

-Shelley Stephens: ReadingTime

Published Books

Happy Readers

Latest Release

Available Aug 16, 2023

Australia Remembers- Wartime Nurses


For over 100 years Australia’s military nurses have been risking their own lives to save the lives of others. From nursing Gallipoli wounded in Egypt during World War I, to treating injured troops and civilians in modern-day Afghanistan, with skill, devotion, and compassion these courageous nurses have cared for the casualties of war.

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Lucky, the orphaned swamp wallaby, has a knack for getting into mischief. While Theresa and Tony care for him, and their mob of other joeys, Lucky gets into lots of places he should not be.

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A Long Way From Misery

A Long Way From Misery is the memoir of my father, Jack Turner, that I have co-written.

This rollicking journey of a larrikin shearer through the Australia of yesteryear is published by Crown Mountain Press and available online from AmazonBook DepositoryFishpondBooktopia.

Recent Events

April 23, 2024

Story Art Exhibition

I’m so excited to be a part of the Book Links StoryArt Exhibition at the Richard Randal Art Studio, Mt Cootha Botanical Gardens!
The exhibition features work by these fabulous artists and picture book illustrators, Debbie Taylor Worley, Ingrid Bartkowiak and Sona Babajanyan, and sculptor of exquisite tiny creatures, Sue Wright.
In honour of Anzac Day, I’m exhibiting some of the photos that were used in my book, Australia Remembers 6: Wartime Nurses – Care and Compassion, and displaying the replica WW1 Australian Army Nursing Service uniform I wore to my book launch.

April 02, 2024


Excited to say my story ‘Genius’ is in The School Magazine’s March issue of Countdown! Thank you @theschoolmagazine for publishing my story and a huge thank you to Amy Golbach for the gorgeous illustrations!

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It’s Time All Possums Went To Bed will hit the shelves on 29 March 2022, and to say I’m excited is an understatement! This story has been a long time coming. It was inspired by my daughter’s bedtime avoidance antics when she was a young girl and she’s just turned 30!...

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