NEWS: Children creating children’s books

05 July 2018

Popular book publisher Wombat Books, loves to see children getting involved in the creation of the books they like to read.

In 2018, Wombat Books is running two challenges for Aussie kids to inspire their author and illustrator creativity.

This was the idea that sparked the first Illustration Challenge in 2014 in collaboration with award-winning Australian author, Aleesah Darlison. The challenge produced the book, Zoo Ball, where kids from across Australia adored bringing to life a mischievous visit to the zoo. This was followed shortly in 2016 by Yay! It’s Library Day, also written by Aleesah Darlison, which inspired kids to jump into the magical world of libraries in their illustrations. Wombat Books received over 600 entries.

Now, Wombat Books is running its third Illustration Challenge, Around Australia in 30 Places. The aim is for Aussie kids to get even more creative as they explore marvellous places around their country. Wombat Books is seeking original illustrations from school-aged students (aged 5–18) to publish in this unique picture book by the team at Wombat Books.

The Challenge has been established in order to provide aspiring young illustrators with the opportunity to be published in a professionally produced children's book and gain an introduction into the world of illustrating.

“The Illustration Challenge began as my fledgling idea to involve children in the world of publishing and have children’s work featured in children’s books,” says Rochelle Manners, Publishing Director of Wombat Books.

One young illustrator, Kathleen O’Hagan, featured in Zoo Ball went on to illustrate a full picture book with Wombat Books. Colourful Memories is a tender story about a grandfather and granddaughter exploring memories together. It’s out this July.

Wombat Books also has opportunities for young budding writers in our Kids Writing Competition for the Australian Girl Series.

They are seeking original short stories from school-aged students (aged 5–13) to publish in the Australian Girl series, in partnership with Australian Girl Doll. The previous books in the series include The Rainbow Necklace, by Jacqueline Larsen, Amy and the Wilpena Flood, by Claudia Bouma and Annabelle and the Missing Turtles, by Rose Inserra. Submissions are open for the new series where children's short stories will be included in the books.

Wombat Books has established these competitions to provide aspiring young artists with the opportunity to be published. Young illustrators and writers from all around Australia are encouraged to send their entries to Wombat Books. Information on how to enter can be found at wombatbooks.com.au


Wombat Books has been sharing stories and creating memories with families since 2009. As an independent publisher, we love to find those unique stories that connect us all. We feature children’s picture books and early readers with pages filled with readable and loveable characters. We are always on the lookout for the next story to be shared.

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Kids on the Coast/Kids in the City
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