Children’s Picture Books

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Here are authors who write for the little kid still inside them, and also picture books for the very young. We can’t show you all the pictures so we have tried to pick two or three images to give you the flavour of the book.



EMMA ALLEN - Grandma, the Baby and Me

Emma Allen -head shot Emma Allen ‘s picture book is perfect to read to those little people who may be feeling left out when there is a new addition to the family!
Emma Allen - picture Illustrations by Hannah Sommerville.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016



Sha'an d'Anthes- Zoom

This is a lovely picture book for under fives with a little bit of science as adventurer Scout Zooms about the solar system. Sha'an wrote and illustrated the book .


LIBBY HATHORN - A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy

A Soldier, a Dog and a Boy' is a children’s picture book about a soldier finding and adopting a dog he finds on the battlefield in World War One. Libby based this story on a real incident she researched after seeing an old newspaper photograph.  


FIONA KATAUSKAS - The Amazing True Story of how Babies are Made

Katauskas - head shot Cartoonist Fiona Katauskas went to the book shop to find a book for her children to explain how babies are made- and found there hadn’t been an literary update on this procedure for quite a while – so she wrote her own, thoroughly modern explanation for her own and all children and of course did all the funny illustrations . Katauskas -book pic

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016




JON KLASSEN - I want my hat back

jon-klassen-head-shot Jon writes simple tales for little children with delightfully whimsical drawings. In the video below he reads a description of his own illustration from the book.

Recorded at Sydney Writers Festival 2016



CAROLE LANDER - Basketball Tree and Wheels of Fire

Another in a series of children's books from Carole Lander about being 'different'. Here she reads from her children’s book ‘Basketball Tree’.   Can you play sport from a wheelchair - you bet! Carole Lander reads from 'Wheels of fire.'


SUSAN PERROW- An A-Z collection of Behaviour Tales

susan-perrow-2 Susan Perrow writes Therapeutic Fiction - this book is a collection of stories for little children about behaviour – good and bad! Cranky Cockatoo bites everyone until wise Owl comes up with an ingenious solution.


SCOTT RHEUBEN - Roses are not Red

This charming picture book was written to open up children to look more closely at the world around them.


Suitable for 2-10 years old


JESS WALTON– Introducing Teddy

This a lovely children’s book about being transgender which the author wrote for her own children after their ‘granpa’ became their ‘Nana’!


authors in their own words