Imagine... The Wonder of Picture Books at State Library NSW

  • Sat Jul 09 2022 - Sun Jul 09 2023
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NSW State Library celebrates the changing world of picture books in the exhibition, 'Imagine ... the Wonder of Picture Books', from 9 July 2022 to 9 July 2023.

Stories and characters from much-loved Australian picture books come to life through rarely seen original illustrations, interviews with established and emerging authors and illustrators and hands-on activities.

See some of the most beautiful picture books and artwork from the Library’s collection and beyond, including Pamela Allen (Thomas and Grandpa), Junko Morimoto (The White Crane) and Bronwyn Bancroft (Coming Home to Country).

Imagine exhibition curator Sarah Morley comments on the most significant changes in picture books: “Now more than ever today’s Australian authors and illustrators use picture books to connect young readers with important issues, such as caring for the environment, mental health, the treatment of refugees and racism, in a gentle and accessible way.” 

Don't Miss Family Sunday, on Sunday 20 November

Meet amazing authors and illustrators, take a tour of our picture book exhibition, #Imagine, and enjoy a full day of family fun at NSW State Library. There will be music, writing, and art workshops, as well as author and illustrator talks.

Find out more or book on the website.

Exhibition highlights include

• Listen to authors talk about their work, such as Maxine Beneba Clarke (When We Say Black Lives Matter) and Pamela Allen (Grandpa and Thomas)
• Learn how to draw 'Macca the Alpaca' with Matt Crosgrove
• Newly acquired illustrations by Liz Anelli (Dry to Dry), Christina Huynh (Grandma’s Treasured Shoes) and Phil Lesnie (A Boy and a Ball)
• Matt Cosgrove’s original pitch he sent to publishers for Macca the Alpaca
• Activity area: learn to make a zine, draw much-loved book characters, read books from the exhibition (10 reproduced with braille) and enjoy tactile experiences.

Where:   State Library of NSW
When:    9 July 22 - 9 July 23; Mon-Thur 9am-8pm; Fri 9am-5pm; Weekends 10am-5pm
Cost:      FREE

For more information visit the State Library of NSW.

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