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State Library of Western Australia Theatre

25 Francis St

Perth, WA 6000

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Free fun for kids and their carers. Be entertained, write and draw with Western Australian children’s authors and illustrators. Purchase signed Christmas gifts and meet your favourite local book creators including A´ska , Cristy Burne, Kelly Canby, James Foley, Frané Lessac, Meg McKinlay, Teena Raffa-Mulligan and Dianne Wolfer. Authors and illustrators will be available for book signings too. All materials for activities and a scrummy morning tea will be provided. Suitable for ages 10 and below, but everyone is welcome!

Free event. Places are limited.

Presented in partnership with The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (WA).

Backyard Book Fair program:

10 am Cristy Burne: Rottnest Island adventure Book: To The Lighthouse

Quokkas look like the cutest creatures ever, but Isaac’s mum thinks they’re almost-certainly probably deadly. Face your fears and invent your story in this daring island adventure. Based on Cristy Burne’s latest book, To The Lighthouse.

10.10 am Sally Murphy: Follow the Star! Book: Looking Up

Join Sally Murphy, author of Looking Up (and lots of other books) to make a very simple decorative star picture using paper and thread. Take it home and soon everybody will be looking up!?

10.20 am Elaine Forrestal: Axle: Dead or alive? Books: The Eden-Glassie Mystery series

Axle’s been missing for months, but Tori keeps hearing the sound of his distinctive bark. Is he imagining it? Join Elaine Forrestal to celebrate the re-release of her Eden-Glassie Mystery series. Grab your map and set of clues... Who will be the first to find Axle?

10.30 am Dianne Wolfer: Nanna’s Button Tin fun Book: Nanna’s Button Tin

Dianne will share her story inspiration, show her button collection and read Nanna’s Button Tin. Then it’s craft time! Draw a picture around a button. Will it become a wombat’s eye, a dinosaur’s belly-button or the ignition point for a rocket? Finally… choose a jar to start your own button collection.

10.40 am Teena Raffa-Mulligan: Friendly Frolics Book: Friends

Create a collection of characters and take them on an adventure. Who will be in our story? Where will they go and what will they do? This group activity gives those who like to play with ideas an imagination workout.

10.50 am - 11.20 am Break for book signings, cupcakes and illustrator’s duel

11.20 am Tamara Moss: Lintang and the Pirate Queen Book: Lintang and the Pirate Queen

Lintang faces many mythical creatures in her adventures. Use your creativity to design your own mythical creature. Will it be nice or nasty? Will it fly or bite or roar or hide? What will it eat? How do you stop it? Let your imagination inspire creation!

11.30 am Meg McKinlay: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros ... Book: Once Upon a Small Rhinoceros

Rhinoceroses can't sail boats ... can they? Join Meg McKinlay as she shares the story of a small, intrepid adventurer who simply won't take no for an answer! Warning: May contain traces of penguin, Christmas trees, and balloons!

11.40 am Aśka: Science Mayhem Book: Pepsi the Problem Puppy (by Sandi Parsons, ills. Aśka)

Inventions, explosions and (possibly) aliens - there is no way around it - Science ROCKS! Join mad scientist volunteers in making some mini rockets and trying to get them to take off into space using some unexpected methods.

11.50 am Frané Lessac: A is for Australian Animals Book: A is for Australian Animals

Australia is full of the most amazing animals on the planet! What animal has six thumbs? What animal produces square poo? What animal is made up of 95 per cent water and is highly venomous? Discover the answers to these questions and more in this factastic session.

12:00 pm James Foley: Attack of the Something-Zilla! Book: Dungzilla

James Foley's latest book, Dungzilla, is about a ginormous dung beetle threatening to squish a town. What other weird and crazy giant animal would you like to see: Pigzilla? Squirrelzilla? Hippopotozilla? Draw your own something-zilla in this funny drawing session.

12.10 - 12.30 pm Last chance for book signing and cupcakes








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