Libby Gleeson

Libby Gleeson AO is a popular and highly acclaimed writer who has published over thirty books for children and teenagers including Eleanor, Elizabeth, I Am Susannah, Dodger, Love Me Not and Refuge. The Hannah series: Skating on Sand, Hannah Plus One and Hannah and the Tomorrow Room and Hannah the Famous are award-winning junior fiction titles. 

Libby's picture books include Big Dog, Where's Mum?, Mum Goes to Work, Sleeptime, Uncle David, The Princess and the Perfect Dish and The Great Bear (all published by Scholastic and Omnibus). Amy and Louis, illustrated by Freya Blackwood was Early Childhood Book of the Year, CBCA, 2007.

Libby has been shortlisted for the CBC awards twelve times and won the award for fiction for younger readers in 1997 with Hannah and the Tomorrow Room and picture book of the year with An Ordinary Day, illustrated by Armin Greder, in 2002. The Great Bear (with Armin Greder) won the Bologna Ragazzi in 2000, the first time an Australian has won this prestigious award.

Libby has been a teacher and lecturer and is a regular contributor to academic courses in Sydney and national conferences. She is actively involved in writers' organisations and chaired the Australian Society of Authors, 1999-2001.

In 2007, Libby was awarded membership to the Order of Australia for her services to literature.

Her most recent title, Mahtab's Story, (May 2008) is the vivid and compelling story of a young girl fleeing from Afghanistan to Australia and is inspired by a true story.

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