Alison Lester i(80 works by) (a.k.a. Alison Jean Hume Lester)
Born: Established: 1952 Foster, Foster - Welshpool area, South Gippsland, Gippsland, Victoria, ;
Gender: Female
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BiographyHistory

Alison Lester was educated at St. Margaret's in Berwick, Victoria, where she was a boarder. She trained as a Secondary Arts and Crafts teacher, with a Higher Diploma in Teaching from Melbourne Teachers' College. She has written and illustrated children's fiction and has illustrated books by other writers such as Robin Klein and June Epstein (qq.v.). In her works, Alison Lester injects romance, adventure and imagination into the everyday world of pre-school children - their likes/dislikes, meal-times, getting dressed, playing, shopping, sleeping. Her childhood on the family cattle farm is apparent as inspiration in many of her books.

Many of Lester's books have been translated into other languages and many have been short-listed and received awards including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year, Australian Multicultural Children's Literature, and Australian Book Publishers Association Design Awards.

Notes

  • For information about this author's works for children not yet included in AustLit, see Australian Children's Books by Marcie Muir and Kerry White (Melbourne: Melbourne University Press, 1992-2003).

Awards for Works

My Dog Bigsy 2015 single work picture book children's

'Meet my dog Bigsy. He's only small, but everyone knows he's the boss.

'Each morning he visits the animals on the farm.

'Squawk, neigh, quack, moo, baa, oink, cluck, purr, ruff ruff ruff!

'What a lot of noise! And all because of Bigsy!

'From Australia's favourite picture-book creator, comes this energetic story about a little dog who causes a big commotion. ' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
My Dog Bigsy 2015 single work picture book children's

'Meet my dog Bigsy. He's only small, but everyone knows he's the boss.

'Each morning he visits the animals on the farm.

'Squawk, neigh, quack, moo, baa, oink, cluck, purr, ruff ruff ruff!

'What a lot of noise! And all because of Bigsy!

'From Australia's favourite picture-book creator, comes this energetic story about a little dog who causes a big commotion. ' (Publication summary)

2016 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
Noni the Pony Goes to the Beach 2014 single work picture book children's

'Noni the pony is friendly and funny.

Her shimmering tail is the colour of honey.

She lives on a farm at Waratah Bay,

and likes eating apples and carrots and hay.

'Would you like to meet Noni? She loves to entertain the cows and play with the hens and the ducks, and her best friends are Dave Dog and Coco the Cat.' (Publication summary)

2015 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
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