“Being an artist, it's all a journey, and you learn where the subtle patterns lie.” – Graeme Base
Graeme Base is one of the world’s leading creators of picture books. Animalia received international acclaim when it was first published in 1986 and has achieved classic status with worldwide sales of over three million copies. The book has also inspired an animated TV series, has its own app and is the first offering in a detailed digital education program called The Graeme Base Educational Suite.
Other favourites by Graeme Base include The Eleventh Hour, The Waterhole, Jungle Drums, Uno’s Garden, Enigma, The Legend of the Golden Snail, The Jewel Fish of Karnak, Little Elephants, The Last King of Angkor Wat, the Little Bug Books, Eye to Eye and The Amazing Monster Detectoscope. His work is unmistakable, educational, fun and adventurous.
Amongst numerous awards across many of his published works, Graeme has received the 2007 Speech Pathology Book of the Year (Younger Readers), the 2007 Wilderness Society Environment Award and the 1989 Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year. Graeme lives in Melbourne with his wife Robyn.
Sunshine Coast Libraries had the opportunity to chat with Graeme Base recently. View the recording of the live Q&A session.
Graeme Base Live Q&A with Sunshine Coast Libraries
[56 minutes, 38 seconds]
- Graeme’s favourite childhood authors include J.R.R. Tolkien, A.A. Milne and Kenneth Grahame.
- He used to play in a band called Rikitikitavi.
- His multi-award winning title, Animalia, took three years to create and The Eleventh Hour took two.
- The Sign of the Seahorse, was inspired by Graeme’s first experience with scuba diving.
- Graeme has a yellow Labrador called Lucy, a rather handsome Bengal cat with the literary name of Atticus and some nameless fish.
- He has lived in Melbourne since he was eight years old.
- Graeme has been adding drawings to a ‘box of ideas’ for over 40 years.
- When he needs a break from illustrating, Graeme picks up his guitar and writes music.
- His favourite animal is the Warthog.
- Graeme says working from home is one of the best parts of his job.
- Reserve Graeme’s titles and collect from your local library.
- Listen to the stories on your device. Need help setting up your device for eAudiobooks? Watch this video tutorial.
On the web
- Visit Graeme’s official website.
- Play word, writing and reading games with Graeme’s Animalia app or discover six of Graeme's narrated stories with The Graeme Base Collection app. To start exploring, follow these instructions.
- Watch Graeme in action as he draws an elephant.
- Check out this cool sand sculpture based upon The Discovery of Dragons.
- Graeme discusses writing and illustrating, My First Animalia and The Legend of the Golden Snail in these great interviews.
- Watch the Animalia TV series on ABC iview.
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