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Alison Lester
“Reading is essential…to keep exploring and to remain curious…we all need to see our own lives reflected in books.” – Alison Lester

Alison Lester is one of Australia's most popular and bestselling creators of children's books. 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.

In a career spanning decades, Alison Lester has written many books, and won numerous prestigious awards. Her picture books include Kissed by the Moon, Running with the Horses, Sophie Scott Goes South and My Dog Bigsy – to name just a few. In 2012, Alison became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book writer to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. Alison lives on a farm in the Victorian countryside. 

Fun facts

  • Alison grew up on a farm overlooking the sea and first rode a horse as a baby in her father’s arm.
  • When she was a kid she raised a baby wombat, and when her kids were little they found and raised an orphaned wombat.
  • Alison started writing in 1979.
  • Her first book was Clive Eats Alligators
  • In 2005 Alison Lester travelled to Antarctica as an Australian Antarctic Arts Fellow.
  • Alison was Australia's Inaugural Children's Laureate from 2011 to 2013.
  • She is an absolute bookworm.
  • She owns a Clydesdale-thoroughbred horse called Woollyfoot.
  • She has a gallery and bookshop in Fish Creek.
  • Alison’s favourite part of her job is working in remote indigenous communities.

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