Phil Cummings has written over sixty books for children. He is an ambassador to the Premier's Reading Challenge in South Australia and an ambassador for the National Year of Reading in 2012. In 2008 his novel Danny Allen was here, a book based on Phil's childhood memories of growing up in a small country town, was shortlisted for the prestigious children's literature awards at the Adelaide festival of Arts. In 2012 The SA Festival of Music commissioned John Schumann to write a suite of songs based on Danny Allen was here. This saw 300 primary school choirs perform in over twenty concerts at the Adelaide Festival Theatre and regional theatres. Phil's book Anzac Biscuits illustrated by Owen Swan was published by Scholastic in March 2013.