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Leigh Hobbs Leigh Hobbs i(A51567 works by)
Born: Established: 1953 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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Leigh Hobbs was born in Melbourne and grew up in Bairnsdale. He became interested in art in primary school, and later attended art school. After graduating in Art from Caulfield Institute of Technology, he worked at Sydney's Luna Park restoring the carousel and creating two caricature sculptures 'Larry and Lizzie Luna' (now housed in the Powerhouse Museum).

He then began teaching Art in secondary schools while continuing to practice as an artist in a range of different mediums. Apart from becoming a critically acclaimed author and illustrator of children's books, Hobbs has created paintings, ceramics, sculptures and ink work, and he has worked as a freelance cartoonist for the Age. A French/Australian co-production TV series (screened on the ABC) is based on his 'Old Tom' character, the cat that features in several of his best known books.

Leigh was the Australian Children's Laureate in 2016-2017.

Most Referenced Works


  • Leigh Hobbs was chosen for the Australia Post 2019 Australian Legends of Children's Literature stamp issue . 

Personal Awards

2017 nominated The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award
2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate Hobbs's theme for his incumbency as Australian Children's Laureate: 'to champion creative opportunities for children, and to highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative lives'.
2016 winner Stanley Awards Children’s Book Illustrator

Awards for Works

y separately published work icon Mr Chicken All Over Australia Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2019 16866954 2019 single work children's fiction children's

'Australia is full of big things, and Mr Chicken wants to see them all. A triumph from the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate.

'Australia is big, but so is Mr Chicken. He can't wait to go everywhere, see everything and meet everyone.

'Luckily, a helpful marsupial from Tourist Information helps Mr Chicken organise his hectic itinerary.

'This book is dedicated to the many children, teachers and librarians Leigh Hobbs met as the 2016-2017 Australian Children's Laureate. '  (Publication summary)

2020 longlisted Booksellers Choice Award Children's Book of the Year
2020 shortlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Children's Picture Book of the Year
2020 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
2020 longlisted Indie Awards Children's
y separately published work icon MoonFish MoonFish : Poems to Make You Think and Laugh Abbotsford : Ford Street , 2019 15508423 2019 poetry picture book children's

'Children will love the humour and catchy rhymes of the twenty-nine poems featuring manic TVs, monsters and everything in between.'

Source: Publisher's blurb.

2019 shortlisted Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Eight to 10 Years
y separately published work icon Mr Chicken Arriva a Roma Crows Nest : Allen and Unwin , 2016 9612616 2016 single work picture book children's

'Mr Chicken has always loved reading about Rome. Now it's time to see it in the flesh. With his helpful phrasebook, a friendly guide and an insatiable appetite, Mr Chicken is ready for anything. From the creator of the much-loved classics, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Mr Chicken Lands on London.' (Publication summary)

2017 shortlisted REAL Awards Picture Story Books
2017 longlisted Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) Australian Book of the Year for Younger Children
2017 CBCA Book of the Year Awards Notable Book
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