Libby Hathorn is an Australian award-winning author and poet of more than fifty books for children and young people.

Translated into several languages and adapted for stage and screen, her work has won honours in Australia, United States, Great Britain and Holland.

Libby was recipient of a Centenary Medal 2003 for her work in children’s literature. In 1994, her picture book Way Home was the winner of the Kate Greenaway Award, UK with illustrations by Greg Rogers.

In 2012 she was a National Ambassador for Reading and travelled to many country towns to talk about Australian literature as she has done in her role as Australia Day Ambassador since 1994.

In 2014 she was winner of The Alice Award, a national award for ‘a woman who has made a distinguished and long term contribution to Australian literature.’

With a deep interest in literature, poetry continues to inform her life and her writing.

Major Themes of Libby Hathorn’s work

These are concerned with the rights of children and the importance of nurturing them in every way; the value of simple acts of kindness; and love and respect for the natural world, so often celebrated through the great poets.