Announcement: Imagine The Wonder Of Picture Books Exhibition – NSW State Library

NSW State Library celebrates the changing world of picture books.


Some of the most beautiful picture books and original artworks in the State Library of NSW’s collection will go on public display – many for the first time – in the Library’s major new exhibition, Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books, opening Saturday 9 July. Stories and characters from much-loved Australian picture books will come to life in this celebration of children’s literature.

According to State Librarian John Vallance: ‘Some of the very best books published today are for children.’

Imagine … the Wonder of Picture Books celebrates the powerful and changing world of picture books through original illustrations by 44 illustrators, video and audio content featuring established and emerging authors and illustrators talking about their work, inspirations and creative processes, as well as hands-on activities.

Exhibition highlights include:


  • Original illustrations by Junko Morimoto (The White Crane), Bronwyn Bancroft (Coming Home to Country) and Jeannie Baker (Circle);
  • Newly acquired illustrations by Liz Anelli (Dry to Dry), Christina Huynh (Grandma’s Treasured Shoes) & Phil Lesnie (A Boy and a Ball
  • Preliminary studies for Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan and unpublished character studies of Leigh Hobbs’ popular Mr Chicken
  • Matt Cosgrove’s original pitch he sent to publishers for Macca the Alpaca.
  • There’s also a dedicated activity space, brimming with fun things to do. Learn how to draw popular book characters, make a zine, read books from the exhibition (including 10 produced with braille) and play with the giant textured tree and magnetic wall.
The free exhibition runs from 9 July 2022 to 9 July 2023. 

Family Sunday, 24 July, 10 am to 3 pm
To celebrate the launch of Imagine, we’re hosting a special day for families. There’ll be author/illustrator workshops, exhibition tours, art-making activities, games, roaming characters and more. More information and bookings here.

July 12, 2022 at 12:52AM DimbutNice