Bob Graham i(78 works by) (a.k.a. Robert Donald Graham)
Born: Established: 1942 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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Known as both a writer and illustrator, Bob Graham was born in 1942 in Sydney, New South Wales. He studied drawing and painting at the Julian Ashton Art School. Later he travelled to the United Kingdom where he worked at many varied jobs. In 1969, he returned to Sydney and began his career as an illustrator and designer.

He started illustrating children's books while taking some time off from work due to illness, and his first picture book Pete and Roland was published in 1981. His many projects include a six page, monthly comic strip for a French children's magazine called Belle Histoires, illustrations for various commercial enterprises, illustrating non-fiction works and his first love, writing and illustrating children's books.

Graham's illustrations reflect his surroundings and familiar daily events. His drawings exude gentleness, warmth, humanity and family life. A depth of perception, feeling and observation are evident in his work. Graham has written and illustrated many acclaimed, popular and award winning books.

Graham's book Silver Button won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for children's fiction in 2014. He donated $10,000 of the prize money to the Asylum Seeker's Resource Centre, an organisation defunded by the Federal Liberal Government shortly after gaining government in 2013.

Notes

  • Australian musical director and composer George Ellis set some of Bob Graham's titles to music using original and adapted musical compositions. Some of these works were performed at the Children's Book Council of Australia (New South Wales Branch) Conference, Sydney, New South Wales, 19 June, 2010.

Awards for Works

How the Sun Got to Coco’s House 2015 single work picture book children's

'Follow the journey of the sun across the world from a whale’s eye to a little girl’s window in Bob Graham’s tender, transcendent story.

'While Coco sleeps far away, the sun creeps over a hill and skids across the water, touching a fisherman’s cap. It heads out over frozen forests, making shadows in a child’s footprints, and balances on an airplane’s wing for a little boy to see. The sun crosses cities and countrysides, wakes furry creatures, makes a desert rainbow, and barges into Coco’s room to follow her through a day of play. With an eye for capturing small moments of shared experience, Bob Graham illuminates the natural wonder that comes with every new day.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2016 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
How the Sun Got to Coco’s House 2015 single work picture book children's

'Follow the journey of the sun across the world from a whale’s eye to a little girl’s window in Bob Graham’s tender, transcendent story.

'While Coco sleeps far away, the sun creeps over a hill and skids across the water, touching a fisherman’s cap. It heads out over frozen forests, making shadows in a child’s footprints, and balances on an airplane’s wing for a little boy to see. The sun crosses cities and countrysides, wakes furry creatures, makes a desert rainbow, and barges into Coco’s room to follow her through a day of play. With an eye for capturing small moments of shared experience, Bob Graham illuminates the natural wonder that comes with every new day.' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
2016 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
Vanilla Ice Cream 2014 single work picture book children's

'In this beautifully illustrated story, Bob Graham shows how all the creatures and the people of the world can be connected to each other in the most surprising ways. A wild, young sparrow rises from the dust outside an Indian food stall surrounded by swaying palms. The sparrow flies off just where he pleases, following the food...He journeys south through the lush rice paddies and across the rough sea and all the way into a bright new day where, just for a moment, the wild sparrow's world collides with little Edie's. So it is that little Edie discovers the taste of vanilla ice cream in the most curious way! This is the story of a traveller free to go where he pleases, of a journey, and of how life can take wild and curious paths. Vanilla Ice Cream is classic Bob Graham storytelling - warm and tender and wise - and is sure to spark the imaginations of young readers (and old) and inspire lots of interesting discussion. Vanilla Ice Cream sits alongside Bob's classic stories How to Heal a Broken Wing and A Bus Called Heaven and Silver Buttons. It is filled with unique observations that open our eyes to new ways of looking at the world.' (Publication summary)

2015 nominated International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
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