Alison Lester

Alison Lester was in the Australian Children's Laureate during 2012-13, with Boori Monty Pryor.

Alison Lester is a popular and best-selling writer and illustrator of children's books, and has won many awards, including the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book Award for Thing by Robin Klein (OUP), and Honour Book for The Journey Home (OUP). Over her twenty-one year career she has produced such classics as the Clive Eats Alligators series, Magic Beach, Imagine and My Farm, and she also writes novels, including The Quicksand Pony and the Bonnie and Sam series with Roland Harvey. Her picture book, Are We There Yet?, won the CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award in 2005, and Running with the Horses was an Honour Book in the 2010 CBCA Book of the Year Awards and 2010 Prime Minister's Literary Awards.

Her most recent titles include Noni the Pony, Once Small Island created in collaboration with Coral Tulloch and Sophie Scott Goes South, inspired by her travels to Antarctica and the Kids Antarctic Art Project.

Sophie Scott Goes South was recently awarded the prestigious White Raven Status at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair and is on the 2013 CBCA Book of the Year Short List.

In October 2013 Penguin Books released her most recent title Kissed by the Moon; part poem, part lullaby, this gentle story celebrates a baby's wonder at our beautiful world.

Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.

Alison is also an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

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Alison's blog

While she was acting as Children's Laureate, Alison toured Australia and the world. You can read all about her activities and adventures on Alison's blog.

Alison's Laureate Project – This is My Place

Alison Lester loves travelling around Australia, helping children turn their stories into books. During her two years as the Australian Children’s Laureate she is working on a book of her own, a collection of children’s writing, painting, drawings and photographs. The book will feature children from all over Australia describing their lives, hopes and dreams.

If you would like to be involved in Alison’s project here are some possible activities to inspire you check out this link –