Bob Graham Bob Graham i(A14858 works by) (a.k.a. Robert Donald Graham)
Born: Established: 1942 Sydney, ;
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.

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.

Awards for Works

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 shortlisted 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
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 shortlisted 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
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)

2017 shortlisted West Australian Young Readers' Book Award Picture Books
2016 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Children's Books
2016 Children's Book Council Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2016 longlisted International Awards Kate Greenaway Medal
2016 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Three to 5 Years
2016 shortlisted Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book Award
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