• NEW RELEASE

    A Soldier, A Dog and a Boy

    A young soldier far from home, a boy orphaned by war, and the stray dog that brings them together.

    A powerful story of the Somme from one of Australia’s most acclaimed children’s authors with memorable illustrations by Phil Lesnie.

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  • New Release: Incredibilia

    Imagination gone wild!

    Libby Hathorn invites you to pore over these pages where Gaye Chapman’s magical illustrations welcome you into the world of Incredibilia.

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Welcome to my world of stories and writing. I hope you’ll find it inspiring.
- Libby Hathorn

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My books are written across a range of ages from picture book to novel.

I’m often asked about inspiration and the process of writing. Here are some of my Golden Rules for gathering ideas and enjoying writing poetry and stories.

My Golden Rules

Recent Posts

National Bookshop Day

National Bookshop Day

Saturday 13th August was National Bookshop Day and I was glad to visit Harry Hartog’s amazing bookshop at Bondi Junction, there to spend a happy half hour. But I also want to acknowledge  and send greetings to all those wonderful bookshops, especially those who specialize in children’s books who help to keep Australian children’s literature ...

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Beautiful Beecroft Children’s Bookshop and a Host of Beautiful Librarians

Beautiful Beecroft Children’s Bookshop and a Host of Beautiful Librarians

I made it to Paul MacDonald’s amazing bookshop at Beecroft for a talk to about 30 enthusiastic librarians about my latest picturebooks, A Soldier and Incredibilia and other things besides (there were extenuating circumstances). Like so many other writers and illustrators I am so grateful for Paul’s support and that of teachers and librarians who go ...

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Vale Gillian Mears

Vale Gillian Mears

Gillian leaves a rich legacy of Australian literature for generations to come and it makes me sad to think such a modest and talented person has gone at 51 years of age.

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A Glimpse into Libby Hathorn’s Library