In partnership with the State Library of Victoria.
On Sunday April 3, your favourite authors and illustrators will be taking over the lawns of the State Library for a day of books, books, books. Get yourself into the city for the biggest celebration of children’s books that Melbourne has ever seen. There’ll be puppet shows and readings, music and magic. And most of all there’ll be the people who created your favourite stories.
With fun activities organised by the Children’s Book Council of Australia, Playgroup Victoria, Books Illustrated and others, as well as the State Library of Victoria’s exhibition ‘Look! The art of Australian picture books today’, you won’t even have time to stop for an icecream… But you can.
Book Festival Days for Schools
Then on Monday 4th and Tuesday 5th April, look out for our programme of activities and events for your primary school classes.
For bookings and further information visit the website or contact the State Library of Victoria at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Children’s Book Festival has eight different spaces to keep kids – and their parents – entertained for the whole day.
On the State Library lawns there’ll be a petting zoo, marquees, roving performers, fun kids’ activities and a stage with music acts including Rebecca Barnard, Coco’s Lunch and Kutcha Edwards.
The Wheeler Centre will host authors and illustrators in conversation, and in Queen’s Hall kids will be able to meet with more authors and illustrators.
The Village Roadshow Theatrette will feature puppet shows and theatre. Inside the library, there’ll be storytelling and worskshops in the Experimedia space and books to be launched in the Blue Rotunda.
For more details, download the Children’s Book Festival Programme PDF below.
Bob Graham has written and illustrated many children’s picture books.
Andrew McLean is a painter and illustrator; Janet is a kindergarten teacher. The McLeans have won popularity and acclaim for their picture books.
Janet is a kindergarten teacher. She and Andrew have won popularity and acclaim for their picture books.
Leigh Hobbs is best known for his children’s book characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken.
Chris Morphew was born in Sydney in 1985. He spent his childhood drawing comic books and writing stories about dinosaurs and time machines.
Elizabeth Honey is an award-winning author of poetry, picture books and novels.
John Nicholson graduated in architecture from Melbourne University in 1973. He worked as an architect, graphic designer and illustrator before beginning to write and illustrate children’s books in 1990.
Judy Horacek is an Australian cartoonist, artist, writer and children’s book creator. With Mem Fox she created Where is the Green Sheep? and she is the author and illustrator of the beloved Story of Growl, These are My Feet, These are My Hands and Yellow is My Favourite Colour.
Boori Monty Pryor is an indigenous Australian born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1950.
Elise Hurst has written five children’s books and illustrated over fifty.
Terry Denton has illustrated many popular and funny books, including the hilarious Just series by Andy Griffiths and Duck for Cover, Spooner or Later and Freeze a Crowd by Paul Jennings and Ted Greenwood.
Roland Harvey was born in Melbourne and has always loved drawing. He trained as an architect but is best-known for his distinctive books, calendars and greeting cards.
Sally Rippin has had over 50 children’s books published, many of them award-winning, including two novels for young adults. Her most recent books include the popular Billie B. Brown and Hey Jack! series and the children’s novel, Angel Creek, which was published to critical acclaim.
Anne Spudvilas is a multi award-winning illustrator of children’s books and an established portrait painter. Her work concentrates on portraying character and expression in people, both in commissioned portraits or children’s books with a strong character base. Anne works predominantly in oils with some work in colored inks and pastel.
Best known for Possum Magic, Mem Fox is one of Australia’s favourite picture-book authors.