Alison Lester Alison Lester i(A6260 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.

In 2016 Allen & Unwin published Alison Lester’s Wonderful World, a colouring book for children age five to 18.

Most Referenced Works

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

Hello Little Babies 2016 single work picture book children's

'From the bestselling author of Kissed By The Moon, Noni The Pony and Are We There Yet? comes a book to be cherished by children and parents everywhere. The perfect book for new bubs and new parents, Alison Lester's Hello Little Babies rejoices in all those wonderful moments in the first year of a baby's life.' (Publication summary)

2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
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 shortlisted Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Book of the Year: Early Childhood
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
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