Society of
Children's Book Writers
and Illustrators

Books From Your Backyard

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Date(s) - 10/01/2015
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

State Library of WA
25 Francis St - Perth, WA 6000


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Come and listen to your favourite children’s book authors and illustrators read, perform and create drawings before your eyes! 

Twelve different creators from SCBWI Australia West (the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators) will present at this family fun day in 30 minute timeslots. Listen to one or stay for all twelve! You will be amazed by the local talent that we have in Western Australia. 

Books will be for sale in the State Library Shop and all sessions will be followed by book signings at the signing table. There will also be an activity table where children not attending sessions can participate in a range of book-themed craft activities under parental supervision.

All sessions are free!



Author/ illustrator




Karen Blair

Baby Beats & Baby Animal Farm

0 to 4 (with an adult)


Elaine Forrestal

Come Fly With Me (and Miss Llewllyn-Jones’s washing)

0 to 8


Briony Stewart

Here in the Garden

4 to 7


Samantha Hughes

The Hairy Tales of Heroboy

5 to 12


Chris Owen

My Superhero

4 to 7


Wendy Binks

Clumsy Emus Everywhere!

4 to 8


Teena Raffa-Mulligan

Character Capers

4 to 7


Meg McKinlay

So You Think You Can Quack?

4 to 8


James Foley

The Last Viking Returns

5 to 12


H. Y. Hanna

Murky Mysteries and Serious Slobber

8 to 12


Cristy Burne

Monsters Under the Bed

8 to 12


Frané Lessac

Animal War Heroes

5 to 12


karen-blair-210:00 – 10:25am
Baby Beats and Baby Animal Farm with Karen Blair
Ages: 0 – 4 (with an adult)

Beat the drum, boom boom bash! Feed the lamb baa baa baa. Come and join the fun with Karen Blair with instruments and puppets as she reads her books for babies and toddlers, Baby Beats and Baby Animal Farm.


Elaine-Forrestal-210:30 – 10:55am
Come Fly with Me (and Miss Llewellyn-Jones’s washing) with Elaine Forrestal
Ages: 0-8

Miss Llewellyn-Jones is a quirky, scooter-riding lady who lives in a converted wheat silo. Come and see the amazing places where her washing goes, when the wind blows.



Briony-Stewart11:00 – 11:25am
Here in the Garden with Briony Stewart
Ages: 4-7

Join Briony Stewart as she reads from her beautiful new book, Here in the Garden. See if you can spot the hidden rabbits in her pictures and learn how to draw your own rabbits inside a magical spring garden.


Samantha_Hughes11:30 – 11:55am
The Hairy Tales of Heroboy with Samantha Hughes
Ages: 5 – 12

Join Samantha Hughes for a silly storytelling session using her card game The Hairy Tales of Heroboy. Mix up your favourite fairytales and draw some cute characters.



1Chris-Owen2:00 – 12:25pm
My Superhero with Chris Owen
Ages: 4-7

Superheroes have lots of super attributes – amazing strength, incredible speed and sensational costumes. But my superhero has super skills of a quite different kind! Slip on your favourite masks and capes and join My Superhero author, Chris Owen, for a super noisy, real-aloud session.


wendy-binks12:30 – 12:55pm
Clumsy Emus Everywhere! with Wendy Binks
Ages: 4-8

Join author and illustrator Wendy Binks as she reads her latest book, 10 Clumsy Emus, and draws pictures for the kids.



Teena-Raffa-Mulligan1:00 – 1:25pm
Character Capers with Teena Raffa-Mulligan
Ages: 4-7

Have fun creating a playtime adventure for Madame Amazia’s menagerie of cute finger puppets and find out how writers get ideas for their stories.



Meg-mckinlay1:30 – 1:55pm
So You Think You Can Quack? with Meg McKinlay
Ages: 4-8

A duck? In the classroom? Absolutely! Join Meg for a quacking good time as she reads from her books Duck for a Day and Definitely No Ducks, and sets you a fun challenge or two.



James-Foley2:00 – 2:25pm
The Last Viking Returns with James Foley
Ages: 5-12

Join James for an action-packed session about dragons and Viking gods. Learn about how The Last Viking Returns was made, hear the story, and design your own dragon to take home.



HY-Hanna2:30 – 2:55pm
Murky Mysteries and Serious Slobber with H.Y. Hanna
Ages: 8-12

Come join author H.Y. Hanna for a peek at her exciting series the Big Honey Dog Mysteries. Daring dog detectives, creepy riddles and ancient curses add up to some barking good fun!



Cristy-Burne3:00 – 3:25pm
Monsters Under the Bed with Cristy Burne
Ages: 8-12

Join Cristy to hear the spooky and funny stories that inspired her trilogy of Japanese mythology-inspired adventures, Takeshita Demons, The Filth Licker and Monster Matsuri.



Frane-Lessac3:30 – 3:55pm
Animal War Heroes with Frané Lessac
Ages: 5-12

Animals have played a part in our wars. Hear touching accounts of bravery from her books Midnight and Simpson and his Donkey, and take away your own portrait of an animal hero.