It’s a super book, Mum!

LEAH Russack says she’s no super mum, but in the eyes of her two-year-old son Olly, she is all that and more.
It was young Olly’s unwavering view of his mum that inspired Leah to publish her first book, Supermum, and realise a dream she had held since she was a child.
“The original idea was just from watching my son and seeing how amazing I am to him, doing the most simplest of things,” Leah, of Evanston Park, said.
“I could reach the top shelf and he was like, ‘wow’.
“So, I thought, through a kid’s eyes, mum’s always super.”
Supermum is about a mum with super powers, including super-strength, X-ray vision, and super-hearing, and is told largely through colourful and fun pictures, created by Brisbane illustrator Anil Tortop.
Leah, who is also a teacher and former librarian at Roseworthy Primary School, said publishing the book was a dream come true.
“Writing a picture-book has been a dream of mine since I made my first picture-book ‘The Hat’ in primary school and shared it with all the junior primary classes,” she said.
“But, for me, I thought it wasn’t really a career that would happen.”
When Olly was born in 2013, the maternity leave granted Leah a chance to spend more time writing, attending workshops and to network with published authors.
She then had success with Supermum through a pitch opportunity offered by the SA Writers Centre.
Now a mum of two, following the birth of second son Nate five months ago, Leah said she believes all mums are supermums.
“It is certainly a very rewarding but tricky job,” she said.
“I think all mums should be proud of themselves.”
Supermum will be officially released on April 1, in time for Mother’s Day, and will be available online and from selected bookstores, including Gawler Books.

Ellouise Crawford


Ellouise Crawford joined The Bunyip in April, 2010, while completing a Bachelor of Journalism at the University of South Australia. Ellouise wrote The Bunyip’s Playford Times before joining the editorial team full-time in late-2011. She now covers the Light Regional Council region and enjoys writing about Gawler’s strong heritage, as well as its many passionate and inspirational residents. Ellouise grew up in Gawler and now lives in Wasleys with her family.