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Craig Smith Craig Smith i(A50589 works by)
Born: Established: 1955 Woodside, Adelaide Hills, Adelaide, South Australia, ;
Gender: Male
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Craig Smith was born in Woodside, South Australia in 1955, and studied at the SA Institute of Arts. He is one of Australia's best-known illustrators of children's books. His artwork is witty and humorous and very popular with children. He has collaborated with many authors including Rachel Flynn in the I Hate Fridays series, a collection of stories from an imaginery school, based on the author's teaching experience, Paul Jennings's The Cabbage Patch War (1996) and The Cabbage Party Fib (1989) and Alan the Alien (2002) with Penny Hall.

His many awards include Honour Books in the Children's Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Awards for Where's Mum (1992) with Libby Gleeson and Billy the Punk (1995) with Jessica Carroll.

Most Referenced Works


  • Not to be confused with the New Zealand musician and children's entertainer Craig Smith:

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Windcatcher : Migration of the Short-tailed Shearwater Clayton : CSIRO Publishing , 2019 16948156 2019 single work picture book children's

'Follow the amazing 30,000 kilometre annual migration of the short-tailed shearwater.

'A short-tailed shearwater flies from the edge of the Southern Ocean to the rim of the Arctic Circle – and back – every year. This remarkable 30,000 kilometre journey is driven by seabird law.

'Instinct and community will guide her.

'A wingspan the size of a child’s outstretched arms will support her.

'But first, she must catch the wind …

'Based on birds that live on Griffiths Island, near Port Fairy, Victoria, Windcatcher is a tale of migration, conservation and survival that begins with one small bird called Hope.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
y separately published work icon Grandpa, Me & Poetry Adelaide : Omnibus Books , 2018 12312348 2018 single work children's fiction children's

'Melly likes poems that rhyme with words like frog, bog, doggedy-dog. And when the school holds a poetry competition, Melly has her eye on the prize, with a little bit of inspiration from Grandpa.' (Publication summary)

2018 shortlisted Western Australian Premier's Book Awards Premier's Prize for Writing for Children
y separately published work icon Gus Dog Goes to Work Kingswood : Working Title Press , 2017 11466581 2017 single work picture book children's

'Every day Gus Dog goes to work in the back of the Ute with his owner, Tom the shearer. But one morning Gus wakes up to find Tom and the Ute gone. So Gus Dog decides to go to work on his own.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Book of the Year
2017 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Five to 8 Years
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