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

Hunt a Story in February

Every month we celebrate story with a different theme on the Leigh Hobbs' It's Your Story Calendar. In February we Hunt a Story! Check out our 'Hunt a Story' activity ideas, book lists and resources below Download your copy of the It's Your Story … READ MORE

Leigh Hobbs is the new Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh Hobbs, best-selling author of more than 20 books, including the iconic Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet has today been announced as the Australian Children's Laureate for 2016 – 2017. His subversive humour has delighted … READ MORE

Jackie French, Ann James and Ann Haddon honoured on Australia Day

The Australian Children’s Literature Alliance (ACLA) is thrilled that its former Australian Children's Laureate, Jackie French, together with founding ACLA board member Ann James and Victorian sub-committee member Ann Haddon, have been recognised for their service to children's literature on … READ MORE

The new Laureate will be announced in February 2016

We know you're busy with Christmas preparations and end-of-year break-ups but we want to quickly let you know that in early next year we'll be announcing the new Australian Children's Laureate for 2016/2017. There is going to be a lot of excitement around … READ MORE

This Is Not Goodbye

As Jackie French's laureateship winds up after a triumphant two-year reign, she writes about her time as the Australian Children's Laureate, reflecting on the people she has met, the places she has visited and the importance of books and literature for … READ MORE

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