Leigh Hobbs: Distinguished Alumni Award

On Wednesday evening, October 26, Leigh Hobbs, acclaimed artist, author and esteemed Australian Children’s Laureate, was honoured with the Distinguished Alumni Award, Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, at an impressive ceremony at Monash University. The tribute, read aloud, was a memorable … READ MORE

The Early Childhood Australia National Conference

The Early Childhood Australia National Conference was held at the Darwin Convention Centre from October 5 to 8. What a great experience it turned out for me, to participate, as both Children’s Laureate and artist and author at The Early … READ MORE

Laureate Leigh visits the Kimberley

A tour for Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, to visit Purnululu School in the East Kimberly in the last week of July, was hosted and organised by the Association of Independent Schools of Western Australia (AISWA). Leigh was accompanied by Ann … READ MORE

A Laureate Update

In June, Leigh was on the road in Perth and Brisbane for events with the state libraries in both cities. He also visited Perth schools in partnership with AISWA and Brisbane and Logan with the State Library of Queensland. It … READ MORE

Congratulations to Noni Hazlehurst

Everyone at the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) would like to extend their warm and enthusiastic congratulations to Australian legend Noni Hazelhurst on being inducted into the Logies Hall of Fame on Sunday night.   Noni is the founding Patron of ACLA and the … READ MORE

April Story Theme – History is a Story

Every month we celebrate story with a different theme according to the Leigh Hobbs 'It's Your Story' Calendar. In April history is a story. Check out our 'History is a Story' activity ideas, book lists and resources below Download the 2016 calendar here … READ MORE

How to Make Your Own Mr Chicken

If you've ever wanted to make your own Mr Chicken then Chevallum State School in Queensland is here to inspire! Kerri Day is a teacher's aide at Chevallum State School and she got in touch recently to send us a pretty amazing photograph. It's … READ MORE

Watch Story Box Library's short film on Leigh Hobbs

The Story Box Library is a great Australian initiative that pairs the very best children's literature with the very best performers, to produce videos that can be used for educational – or just storytelling – purposes. After all, there's nothing better … READ MORE

Spotlight on Old Tom

One of our favourite Leigh Hobbs books is The Big Book of Old Tom – a collection of five classic Old Tom stories including Old Tom, Old Tom at the Beach, Old Tom Goes to Mars, Old Tom’s Guide to Being Good and A Friend … READ MORE

Revisit Leigh Hobbs's event with ABC Splash

Last week the Australian Children's Laureate for 2016/17 – Leigh Hobbs – took part in a live interview and Q&A on ABC Splash with Anna Burkey from the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library Victoria. Leigh answered questions from students … READ MORE

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