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Libby Hathorn (a.k.a. Elizabeth Helen Hathorn) b. 1943 (143 works by fr. 1973, 1 works taught in 2 units)

Libby Hathorn writes poetry, picture books, libretti, scripts, educational resources and young adult novels. She has lived in Sydney since she was two years old. She studied at Sydney Girls High School, Sydney University and Sydney Technical College, before completing her training at Balmain Teachers College.

She worked as a primary school librarian in the inner city for ten years, during which time she began her writing for children with 'ideas' kits for teachers, and the picture book texts for Stephen's Tree (1979; illustrated by Sandra Laroche) and Lachlan's Walk (1980, illustrated by Sandra Laroche). In 1981 she moved to adult education, working as a scriptwriter, producer and director for educational films and television. She continued to write for children, with growing critical success. The Tram to Bondi Beach (1981, illustrated by Julie Vivas) was Highly Commended in the 1982 Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year Awards. Her later books have continued that success. Among her many awards are the Asher Literary Award, multiple Biennial Book Awards, and an AWGIE Award for her adaptation of her own Grandma's Shoes.

In 1987, Hathorn received a grant from the Australia Council, enabling her to work full-time on the first of her young adult novels, Thunderwith (1989). This novel was also a CBCA Honour Book, was translated into several languages, and later made into a telemovie (renamed The Echo of Thunder).

Poetry is Hathorn's first love, and she sees similar qualities in poetry writing and writing for children, such as succinctness, controlled language, strong imagery, surprise, and the ability to move the reader.

Contemporary settings and universal themes are elements Hathorn uses in her writing; perhaps most strongly demonstrated with her picture book for older readers, Way Home (1994, illustrated by Gregory Rogers, the first Australian to be awarded the Kate Greenaway Medal for his artwork). This tale of a street kid created controversy when it was first published, with some claiming it was hardboiled, and others that it romanticised the plight of the homeless. Many of Hathorn's books have been translated and been published internationally, as well as adapted for the stage.

Hathorn has lectured part-time in Creative Writing at the University of Sydney. She is the director of Hathorn Enterprises.

y separately published work icon The Libby Hathorn Video Libby Hathorn, Poet-Author Crows Nest : Insight Profile , 1995 1995 single work interview y
An Evening with Libby Hathorn Libby Hathorn , single work prose
— Appears in: Famous Reporter , May no. 5 1992 1992 (p. 61-68)
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Interview with Libby Hathorn single work interview
— Appears in: Phoenix : The University of Sydney Writers Journal 2007 2007 (p. 41-46)
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'Rift' by Libby Hathorn Christopher Thompson , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Spring vol. 6 no. 3 1998 1998 (p. 28)
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'Chrysalis' by Libby Hathorn Ann Young , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Summer vol. 5 no. 4 1997 1997 (p. 27-28)
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'The Climb' by Libby Hathorn Cathrine Harboe-Ree , single work review
— Appears in: Viewpoint : On Books for Young Adults , Autumn vol. 5 no. 1 1997 1997 (p. 28-29)
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Know the Author : Libby Hathorn Annette Dale Meiklejohn , single work column
— Appears in: Magpies : Talking About Books for Children , November vol. 14 no. 5 1999 1999 (p. 10-13)
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My Favorite Book : Libby Hathorn Dianne Dempsey , single work column
— Appears in: The Sunday Age , 28 May 1995 1995 (p. 8)
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I Love You Book by Libby Hathorn Margaret Warner , single work review
— Appears in: Buzz Words , April 2011 2011
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y separately published work icon Libby Hathorn's World Woollahra : Hathorn Enterprises Pty Ltd , 1999 1999 website y
y separately published work icon Love Me Tender Libby Hathorn , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1992 1992 single work children's fiction children's y
y separately published work icon Way Home Libby Hathorn , Milsons Point : Random House , 1994 1994 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1989 1989 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon Valley Under the Rock Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Mammoth , 1993 1993 single work novel young adult y
Libby Goes to I.B.B.Y. Libby Hathorn , single work column
— Appears in: Australian Author , December-March vol. 30 no. 3 1998-1999 1998-1999 (p. 26-27)
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y separately published work icon The Blue Dress : Stories Libby Hathorn (editor), Port Melbourne : Mammoth , 1991 1991 anthology short story young adult y
Libby at IBBY! 20-24 Sept, 1998 Libby Hathorn , single work column
— Appears in: Reading Time : The Journal of the Children's Book Council of Australia , February vol. 43 no. 1 1999 1999 (p. 13-14)
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y separately published work icon Feral Kid Libby Hathorn , Rydalmere : Hodder and Stoughton , 1994 1994 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon The Tram to Bondi Beach Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Methuen Australia , 1981 1981 single work picture book children's historical fiction y
y separately published work icon Dear Venny, Dear Saffron Gary Crew , Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 1999 1999 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon Love Me Tender Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2015 1992 single work children's fiction children's
y separately published work icon Love Me Tender Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Mich Vraa ) ,realisation Copenhagen : Carlsen , 1993 1992 single work children's fiction children's
y separately published work icon Ne m'oublie pas Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Andre Divault of Love Me Tender ), France : Hachette , 1993 1992 single work children's fiction children's
y separately published work icon The Extraordinary Magics of Emma McDade Libby Hathorn , Melbourne : Oxford University Press , 1989 1989 single work children's fiction children's humour y
y separately published work icon Way Home Libby Hathorn , London : Andersen , 1994 1994 single work picture book children's
y separately published work icon All About Anna and Harriet and Christopher and Me Libby Hathorn , North Ryde : Methuen Australia , 1986 1986 single work children's fiction children's humour y
y separately published work icon Way Home Libby Hathorn , New York (City) : Crown Publishers , 1994 1994 single work picture book children's
y separately published work icon Way Home Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Random House Australia , 1995 1994 single work picture book children's
y separately published work icon Hjemvejen Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Kina Bodenhoff of Way Home ), Copenhagen : Agertofts , 1996 1994 single work picture book children's
y separately published work icon Stephen's Tree Libby Hathorn , ( illus. Sandra Laroche ) ,agent Sydney : Methuen Australia , 1979 1979 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon I Love You Book Libby Hathorn , Carindale : IP Kidz , 2010 2010 single work picture book children's y
Books and Multimedia: Libby at IBBY Libby Hathorn , single work column
— Appears in: The Lu Rees Archives Notes, Books and Authors , no. 21 1999 1999 (p. 25-28)
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y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , Rydalmere : Hodder Headline , 1998 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , London : Hodder Children's Books , 1999 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Mammoth , 1993 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , London : Heinemann , 1989 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , Boston : Little, Brown , 1991 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Mammoth , 1990 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Thunderwith Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Hachette Australia , 2015 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Valley Under the Rock Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Heinemann Australia , 1993 1993 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Valley Under the Rock Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Hodder Children's Books , 1999 1993 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Love Me Tender Libby Hathorn , Rydalmere : Hodder Headline , 1994 1992 single work children's fiction children's
y separately published work icon Donderslag Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Ank van Wijngaarden of Thunderwith ), Amsterdam : Ploegsma , 1991 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Er kam mit dem Donner Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Elisabeth Epple of Thunderwith ), Berlin : Erika Klopp Verlag , 1991 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Aldrig mere alene Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Peter Parkov of Thunderwith ), Copenhagen : Gyldendale , 1992 1989 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Zoe e Connie Libby Hathorn , ( translation by Marina Vaggi of Valley Under the Rock ), Milan : Arnoldo Mondadori , 1995 1993 single work novel young adult
y separately published work icon Lachlan's Walk Libby Hathorn , Sydney : Methuen , 1980 1980 single work picture book children's y
y separately published work icon Chrysalis Libby Hathorn , Kew : Mammoth , 1997 1997 single work novel young adult y
y separately published work icon Volcano Boy Volcano Boy: A Novel in Verse Libby Hathorn , Port Melbourne : Lothian , 2001 2001 single work novel young adult y
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