Our opening hours will be changing between Tuesday 24 December 2019 and Wednesday 1 January 2020. All reading rooms will be closed from Christmas Day, reopening on 2 January. But you’ll still be able to visit our Exhibition Galleries, our children’s holiday space, WordPlay, and Bookshop from 9am-5pm (except on Christmas Day). Bookplate café will also be open during this period, but with varied hours. Be sure to check our Summer Opening Hours before you visit.

Story Time: Australian Children's Literature

Story Time banner with koala illustration
22 August 2019 to 9 February 2020,


Exhibition Gallery, Ground floor


No booking required

Seven Little AustraliansThe Magic PuddingThe Rainbow Serpent, Where Is the Green Sheep? and The Deltora Quest are much-loved children’s books that have been read and shared over decades. Story Time, an exhibition of Australian children’s literature from the colonial period through to the present day, will appeal to anyone who has experienced the magic of these stories. 

This exhibition will reacquaint you with old friends and introduce you to new ones. It will take you on a nostalgic tour through childhood, looking at the works of great Australian authors and illustrators including Bronwyn Bancroft, Mem Fox, May Gibbs, Bob Graham, Emily Rodda, Ivan Southall, Shaun Tan and Ethel Turner.  

Presented in association with the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature, the exhibition will feature books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera from our extensive collections alongside significant loans.

Families can also have fun in our kids section Playtime where they can have a go at writing a short story of their own, watch stories from Story Box Library and more.

Read Exhibition Curator, Dr Grace Blakeley-Carroll's Unbound magazine article, Stories in an Exhibition or listen to her lecture about curating Story Time. 

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Banksia Man illustration: May Gibbs, Original Artwork for Snugglepot and Cuddlepie: Their Adventures Wonderful: Banksia Man, 1918, Artwork made available through the State Library of New South Wales, © The Northcott Society and the Cerebral Palsy Alliance