To celebrate Children’s Book Week during August, the State Library of New South Wales will be showcasing some of our unique manuscript collections of iconic Australian children’s writers and illustrators.
May Gibbs (1877-1969), author, illustrator and cartoonist, has captured the hearts and imaginations of generations of Australians with her lovable bush characters and fanciful landscapes. Her iconic children’s literature and folklore is still as popular as ever, holding a special place in the Australian consciousness. Best known for The Complete Adventures of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Gibbs also wrote and illustrated many other children’s books, produced long-running cartoon strips and a variety of commercial work. A fiercely determined woman, she was Australia’s first full-time, professionally trained children’s book illustrator, developing an uniquely Australian fantasy vernacular which is relevant now as it was then. In 1955, May Gibbs was appointed Member of the British Empire (MBE) in acknowledgement of her important contribution to children’s literature. Find out more about May Gibbs and view her illustrations on the Discover Collections website, State Library of NSW.