Story Time: Australian Children's Literature

Seven Little Australians, The Magic Pudding, The Rainbow Serpent, Where is the Green Sheep? and Deltora Quest are much-loved children’s books that have been read and shared over decades. 

Story Time, an exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who has experienced the magic of these stories.

Presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, the exhibition will feature books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from the Library’s extensive collections alongside significant loans.

The exhibition will reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones. It will take a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner.  

Families can also have fun in our dedicated kids section, Playtime.

On until 9 February 2020

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Image 1: Design adapted from

Image 2: Judy Horacek, artwork for Where is the Green Sheep?, 2004, in Papers of Judy Horacek, Reprinted by Permission of Penguin Random House Australia Pty Ltd.



Event starts
Thursday 22 August, 2019
Event Ends
Sunday 9 February, 2020
National Library of Australia
Venue Address
Parkes Place

Canberra, , Parkes

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