at State Library Lawns

Children’s Book Festival

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


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.

In partnership with the State Library of Victoria.


Portrait of Roland Harvey

Roland Harvey

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.

Portrait of Bob Graham

Bob Graham

Bob Graham has written and illustrated many children’s picture books.

Portrait of Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey

Elizabeth Honey is an award-winning author whose playful humour, originality, and energy strike a chord with children everywhere.

Her books include novels 45 & 47 Stella Street, Don’t Pat the Wombat! and Remote Man, poetry Honey Sandwich, and Mongrel Doggerel and picture books Not a Nibble!, The Cherry Dress and That’s not a daffodil! soon to be a children’s show. Her books have has won literary awards and been published in many languages.

Portrait of Boori Monty Pryor

Boori Monty Pryor

Boori Monty Pryor is an indigenous Australian born in Townsville, North Queensland in 1950.

Portrait of Anne Spudvilas

Anne Spudvilas

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.

Portrait of Mem Fox

Mem Fox

Mem Fox has written over 38 books for adults and children including Possum Magic, which has sold over three million copies and is the bestselling picture book ever in Australia. Mem has been presented with many awards including an AM in the 1993 Australia Day Honours for services to the cultural life of Australia; an SA Great Award for Literature in 2001; the Prime Minister's Centenary Medal in 2003; and she was shortlisted for the Australian of the Year in 2004. She worked as an Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the School of Education at Flinders University, South Australia for twenty-four years and is now an international literacy consultant.

Portrait of Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs is the Australian Children’s Laureate (2016–2017). He is best known for his children's books featuring his characters Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig and Mr Chicken, as well as the Freaks and their teachers in 4F for Freaks and Freaks Ahoy. Old Tom has been adapted into an extremely popular TV series. Leigh has been shortlisted for the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award three times (for Mr Chicken Goes to Paris, Horrible Harriet and Old Tom's Holiday) and his books have won every major children’s choice award in Australia. Leigh’s books are published by Allen & Unwin.

Portrait of Chris Morphew

Chris Morphew

Chris Morphew was born in Sydney in 1985. He spent his childhood drawing comic books and writing stories about dinosaurs and time machines.

Portrait of Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek

Judy Horacek is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Her work has appeared in the Age, the Australian and the Canberra Times, and her pointy noised characters can be found on fridges and toilet doors all over the world.

Eight collections of her cartoons have been published. Random Life will be her ninth. Judy also creates children’s picture books – both on her own and in collaboration with Mem Fox. Together, Mem and Judy created the bestselling Where is the Green Sheep? an instant children’s classic. Last year, they released their fourth book together, Ducks Away.

Portrait of Elise Hurst

Elise Hurst

Elise Hurst has written five children’s books and illustrated over fifty.

Portrait of Terry Denton

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 Australia awards. His Felix and Alexander won Picture Book of the Year in 1986. 

Portrait of Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean

Andrew McLean is a painter and illustrator; Janet is a kindergarten teacher. The McLeans have won popularity and acclaim for their picture books.

Portrait of Janet McLean

Janet McLean

Janet is a kindergarten teacher. She and Andrew have won popularity and acclaim for their picture books.

Portrait of John Nicholson

John Nicholson

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.

Portrait of Sally Rippin

Sally Rippin

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.


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