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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 Saving Seal : The Plastic Predicament Carlton : Museum Victoria , 2021 23067899 2021 single work picture book children's

'Seal has made his home in the waters of a coastal village, but he often finds himself trapped and ensnared in the plastic rubbish filling the Bay. Fortunately, he is rescued by Lizzie and Grandpa Dave. 

'Lizzie and Grandpa Dave are motivated to do something about cleaning up their Bay and saving the marine life who are being threatened more and more by the rubbish found in the Bay and on their beaches. They encourage the towns people to join them in their fight against plastic pollution devastating their beaches and harming marine life.

'This is a story about how we can make a change, about cooperation and making the right choices and making them now.'

Source : publisher's blurb

2022 shortlisted The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children's Literature Picture Fiction
2022 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Eve Pownall Award
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 commended Whitley Awards
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book Picture Books
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
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