Alison Lester is one of Australia's
most popular and well-loved author/illustrators. The antics of
her characters in the Clive Eats Alligators, Tessa
Snaps Snakes, Rosie Sips Spiders series
are known to a whole generation of Australian children and have
been published in many languages around the world. The best-selling Quicksand
Pony series has been extremely popular with older readers, and the Horse Crazy series, written by Alison and illustrated by Roland Harvey has been a great hit with younger readers.
Other titles include Ernie Dances to the Didgeridoo (based
on Alison's experiences during her time in the Northern Territory
helping Aboriginal children develop their writing and drawing skills)
and perennial favourites Imagine, Magic
Beach and Are We There Yet?,
a picture book based on Alison's travels around Australia with
her family. Her latest picture book is Running With the Horses, a story inspired by the wartime events at the Spanish Riding School in Vienna.
Alison's very individual
style celebrates the freedom of childhood. As one reviewer says, 'The
children in her picture books have oceans of time at their disposal
... their imagination is all-powerful.' While not strictly autobiographical,
Alison's books reflect her upbringing on a farm in the Gippsland area
of Victoria where she still lives with her family. She is happy to talk
to groups of students across the K - 6 but also to high school students.
can be found at www.alisonlester.net.
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