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Picture a Story: State Library of Western Australia

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by Elysia Tsangarides (subscribe)
Writer, editor, marketer, book lover, foodie and believer that life shouldn't be anything but extraordinary. with-a-little-el.tumblr.com/ au.linkedin.com/pub/elysia-tsangarides/29/73a/761
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Original artworks from some of your favourite picture book authors at the State Library.

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On now at the State Library Western Australia


In Picture a Story at the State Library, Western Australians have the chance to experience some of the great illustrations of their favourite Australian picture books.

Running from 2 November to 27 February, there is a wealth of original illustrations of Australian picture books from the 1970s to now. There's sure to be some nostalgic moments for mums and dads, (not to mention kidless-big-kids like myself) as well as the joy of the little ones captured by their current favourites. I wonder how they'll look through adult eyes?

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Leigh Hobbs


When I was a little girl I was mesmerised by Graeme Base. My sister and I had his book Animalia and we'd sit for hours staring at the illustrations and each time you looked at it you'd see something new lurking somewhere, previously unnoticed. It was entirely magical and I love that my childhood literary journey was punctuated by his work.

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Cats from Graeme Base's 'Animalia' - influenced my love of illustration and alliteration


With artworks from some of Australia's top illustrators, like Shaun Tan, afore mentioned idol Graeme Base, Lee Hobbs, Alison Lester and many more, you'll get a behind the scenes look at some of Australia's best picture books.

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From Shaun Tan's 'The Lost Thing'


The school holidays are fast approaching as well and Picture a Story has some great activities to join in on, every weekday from 10.00am to 2.00pm.

Download the activity book for your child and the list of 30 great picture books to discover from the website there's sure to be some great Christmas present ideas in there and you can purchase books from the Library book shop.

And best of all, entry is free!

Don't have kids to take? Borrow someone else's to give the impression you're taking a child to see the exhibition when most likely, it will be you most enchanted by these beautiful illustrations. I'm already lining up one of my little cousins!
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Why? You're never to old to enjoy picture book illustrations!
When: 2 November 2013 - 27 Februrary 2014
Where: State Library Western Australia
Cost: Free
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