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Excursion Summary

Stage 4
Stage 5
90 minutes

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Students will develop their visual literacy skills on a tour of Imagine...the Wonder of Picture Books exhibition. They will then explore the importance of picture books as vehicles to assist readers in forming a greater understanding of the world and their place in it.   

In this 90-minute program students will: 

  • tour the exhibition 
  • examine original items from the State Library’s vast picture book collection 
  • gather evidence from the exhibition for analysis 
  • compose an analysis of the importance of picture books in society.  

Curriculum outcomes

Stage 4  

  • EN4-7D: Demonstrates understanding of how texts can express aspects of their broadening world and their relationships within it.  
  • EN4-8D: Identifies, considers and appreciates cultural expression in texts. 

Stage 5  

  • EN5-7D: Understands and evaluates the diverse ways texts can represent personal and public worlds. 
  • EN5-8D: Questions, challenges and evaluates cultural assumptions in texts and their effects on meaning. 

Before you visit

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Booking Details


$200 for groups up to 15 and $325 for groups of 16–30. 


Monday to Friday, during term time 


90 minutes 

Minimum supervision ratio

Secondary students: 1 adult per 20 students 

Bookings are essential, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
Email or phone 9273 1778.

Helpful hints to enjoy your excursion

These guidelines have been developed to assist students and teachers visiting the State Library of NSW to comply with the Department of Education risk assessment guidelines for excursions.

Bus subsidy program

Travel free by bus to the Library to participate in our onsite learning programs.