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Bob Graham Bob Graham i(A14858 works by) (a.k.a. Robert Donald Graham)
Born: Established: 1942 Sydney, New South Wales, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

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.

Most Referenced Works

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.
  • Bob Graham Teacher's notes available from Scholastic Australia website.

Awards for Works

The Poesy Ring 2017 single work picture book children's

'The poesy ring flew high, caught by the wind. And with the breeze in its tail, the horse turned and galloped. The ring tumbled end over end, and settled deep in a meadow over the sea...

'From the multi-award winning Bob Graham comes a romantic, hopeful and exquisitely-illustrated story, perfect for giving as a gift to the one that you love. It's 1830 in County Kerry, Ireland, and a gold ring is thrown into the wind by a young woman on a black horse... And as the seasons pass, and then the years, the little treasure finds itself on the most astonishing journey, finally settling at the bottom of a deep sea. Will the ring, inscribed with “love never dies”, ever fulfil its destiny, and find the finger of a woman truly loved?'  (Publication summary)

2019 nominated International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people.
The Poesy Ring 2017 single work picture book children's

'The poesy ring flew high, caught by the wind. And with the breeze in its tail, the horse turned and galloped. The ring tumbled end over end, and settled deep in a meadow over the sea...

'From the multi-award winning Bob Graham comes a romantic, hopeful and exquisitely-illustrated story, perfect for giving as a gift to the one that you love. It's 1830 in County Kerry, Ireland, and a gold ring is thrown into the wind by a young woman on a black horse... And as the seasons pass, and then the years, the little treasure finds itself on the most astonishing journey, finally settling at the bottom of a deep sea. Will the ring, inscribed with “love never dies”, ever fulfil its destiny, and find the finger of a woman truly loved?'  (Publication summary)

2019 nominated International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal for distinguished illustration in a book for children and young people.
Home in the Rain 2016 single work picture book children's

'From multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender, touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way. Francie and her mum, who is expecting a baby girl, are driving home from Grandma's in the heavy rain. When they're still far from home, they stop for a picnic. And as the car steams up, Francie presses her little finger on the window, spelling out "Daddy" and "Mummy" and leaving one space free, ready and waiting for the name of her soon-to-be sister... A beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places. ' (Publication summary)

2017 joint winner Prime Minister's Literary Awards Children's Fiction
2017 winner Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Picture Book of the Year
2017 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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