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Children’s Book Festival 2014


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Calling all children!

Find your way through the Sticky Maze and onto the lawn of the State Library on Sunday 23rd March for this year’s Children’s Book Festival! There will be characters springing to life from the pages of famous books, giant word games, illustration workshops and loads more.


A ton of your favourite writers and illustrators are going to be there too – John Marsden talks about how to make words do what you want them to do, Jackie French knows everything there is to know about digging out secrets, and Sally Rippin will spill the beans about her famous characters, Billie B Brown and best friend Jack!

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774 ABC Melbourne’s Libbi Gorr will be broadcasting live at the Festival from 10am – and we’re calling all superheroes, because the 774 fancy dress competition is back! Show off your finest, most dazzling get up at 11am for the chance to win fabulous bookish prizes.

Meeting Sally Rippin in the Workshop Zone at Children's Book Festival 2014.
Meeting Sally Rippin in the Workshop Zone at Children’s Book Festival 2014.

If you fancy having a go at book-writing yourself, head to the publishing house, where you can design one from scratch. Listen to stories all day long in our storytelling pavilion, or dive in and help build the biggest book ever. There will be music too, and guest stars so exciting you’d explode if we told you who they were. Seriously.

So circle Sunday 23rd March with a red pen. The Festival is free, and everyone is welcome. Come down and join us for the book party.

Family Day is on Sunday, but the Festival also has two days of activities for school groups on Thursday 20th and Friday 21st March.


Here’s how the day unfolded on social media.

[View the story “Children’s Book Festival 2014” on Storify]

Find more photos on Instagram by searching the hashtag #kidsbookfest.


Jackie French

Jackie French is an award-winning writer. She was the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2014-2015 and the 2015 Senior Australian of the Year. In 2016 Jackie became a  Member of the Order of Australia for her  contribution to children’s literature and her advocacy for youth lit... Read more

Kylie Dunstan

Kylie Dunstan is an award winning author and illustrator of children’s picture books. Her first book, Collecting Colour, won CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2009. She has since written and illustrated four more books and is working on her sixth. Kylie now lives in Melbourne with her partner and t... Read more

Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. She was born in Sydney wanted to be a writer from the age of six. She is now the author of over 60 books for children and young adults. She has won many national prizes, including the NSW, Victorian, South Australian and Q... Read more

Sarah Ward

Sarah is a multi-award winning, powerhouse chanteuse and performer. Creator of the formidable Yana Alana and Tha Paranas, the act has received ten Green Room Awards including three for Best Cabaret Artiste and most recently a Helpmann Award nomination. Sarah has performed with La Soiree at The Sydne... Read more

The Mighty bUZZniks

The Mighty bUZZniks are widely reputed as a vibrant and exciting live musical group, entertaining young people and their parents. They are in constant demand at arts festivals and family events all over Australia. Their debut album released in 2008 through ABC Kids has been hailed as a refreshing de... Read more

Uptown Brown

‘Uptown’ Brown is a man who has worn many hats in his colourful life – inventor, musician, aviator and adventurer, to name but a few. Without a doubt, his crowning glory is the patented “Goodtimes Gyratorscope”, a musical machine which permits an athletic fellow to play multiple instrument... Read more

Bernard Caleo

Bernard Caleo is a comic book teacher, maker, and communicator. He was the editor and publisher of the romance comics anthology Tango, made the feature film Graphic Novels Melbourne with filmmaker Daniel Hayward and is part of the graphic novel publishing enterprise Twelve Panels Press. In 2021 he s... Read more

Andy Griffiths

Andy Griffiths is one of Australia’s most popular children’s authors. He and illustrator Terry Denton have collaborated on more than 33 bestselling books since their first title, Just Tricking, was published in 1997.In Australia, Andy and Terry’s books have sold over 10 million copies, won... Read more

Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson AM is a popular, highly acclaimed writer who has published over 30 books for children and teenagers, including Eleanor, Elizabeth, I Am Susannah, and the Hannah series. She has been shortlisted for the CBCA Awards thirteen times, and won it three times. The Great Bear (with Armin Grede... Read more

Marc Martin

Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne, Australia. His illustrations have been commissioned by clients such as Monocle, Wired, the Financial Review, Capital, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image and various festivals.  He is also the author and illustrator... Read more

Bec Matthews

Bec is a percussionist, drummer, performer, composer, teacher, musical director and noise maker. She is a graduate of the Victorian College of the Arts where she studied orchestral percussion. Bec has been touring with Circus Oz since 2010. Swinging in the air from Arnhem Land to New York she is kno... Read more

John Marsden

John Marsden has written more than 40 books, mostly for teenagers and children, including Tomorrow When the War Began, So Much to Tell You, and Letters from the Inside. He has sold over five million books worldwide, and has won every major award in Australia for young people’s fiction. South o... Read more

Valanga Khoza

Valanga Khoza left South Africa in 1976, exiled along with many other young people because of their struggle against apartheid or racism. The music and stories he has since created reflects the places he has been and the people he has touched throughout his journey across the world as a re... Read more

Tohby Riddle

Tohby Riddle is the creator of numerous well-loved picture books such as Nobody Owns the Moon and My Uncle’s Donkey; two cartoon collections and a novel, The Lucky Ones. He is also the illustrator of the multi-award-winning Word Spy books. His latest book is an ambitious 128-page picture book titl... Read more

Nicki Greenberg

Nicki Greenberg is a writer and illustrator based in Melbourne, Australia. Her first books, The Digits series, were published when she was fifteen years old. They sold more than 380,000 copies in Australia and New Zealand. In 2008 Nicki’s innovative graphic adaptation of The Great Gatsby was selec... Read more

Terry Denton

Terry Denton has been creating children’s books for over 30 years. He has worked with many of Australia’s top authors, written much-loved picture books and junior fiction novels, won more than 40 children’s choice awards and been shortlisted many times in the Children’s Book Council of ... Read more

Sally Rippin

Sally is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2024 – 2025. She is Australia’s highest-selling female author and has written over 100 books for children and young adults, many of them award-winning, including the popular Billie B Brown and Hey Jack! series, and the Polly and Buster tr... Read more

Kutcha Edwards

Multi-award winner Kutcha Edwards uses his mesmeric music to create connections across cultures, generations, and spaces. His charismatic stage presentations deepen our understanding of Australia’s first people. Kutcha is a proud Mutti Mutti, Yorta Yorta, Nari Nari man, is a strong advocate for Ab... Read more

Ron Murray

Ron Murray is a Wamba Wamba man (Swan Hill area) living at Yapeen, near Castlemaine, in central Victoria on Jaara country. He is a cultural educator, storyteller, musician, didgeridoo maker and wood sculptor. He has made beautiful art pieces for Muhammad Ali, Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), Sir Bob Geldo... Read more


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