Stories in the Sun is a collection of illustrations from some of the most well-loved and iconic Australian picture books in the Library's collection.
Explore some of these amazing illustrations in our online puzzles and read the captions written by our young friends.
The Tram to Bondi Beach
1981, written by Elizabeth Hathorn; illustrated by Julie Vivas
Young Kieran works as a paperboy on the busy trams travelling to Bondi Beach.
Julie Vivas’ subdued watercolours convey the feel of old hand-coloured photographs and the bygone era of 1930s Bondi.
One Woolly Wombat
1982, written by Rod Trinca & Kerry Argent; illustrated by Rod Trinca
This counting book was one of the first in this era to popularise and celebrate a whole range of Australian animals in children’s books.
What can you see the four thumping kangaroos, five pesky platypus, and eight spiky echidnas doing in these illustrations?
1986, written by Judy Saves; illustrated by Zak Drahos
Murgatroyd hates having his hair washed more than anything! After weeks and weeks of not washing his hair, amazing things start to happen, and people come from all over the world to see.
Jonah and the Manly Ferry
1983, by Peter Gouldthorpe
Jonah loves Sydney Harbour and dreams of being a captain on the ferries. While riding on the Manly ferry during stormy weather he notices something in the water and thinks quickly to save the day.
Peter Gouldthorpe’s watercolour and linocut techniques capture the shimmering and colourful harbour in all its splendour.
The Imaginary Menagerie
1984, written by Hazel Edwards; illustrated by Rod Clement
At night a little girl lies in bed and thinks about all the creatures in her imaginary menagerie that keep her safe after dark — including an assortment of Australian birds like her dive-bombing drongo and laughing kookaburra.
This was the first children’s book illustrated by Rod Clement.
1986, Bob Graham
When young Russell discovers his pet rabbit and frog have escaped, his family set off on an adventure to find them again. The Wild gently presents readers with ideas of freedom, love and loss.