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Date: 28 August 2017

Continuing the celebration of Children’s Book Week, beloved children’s author and Australia’s Children Laureate Leigh Hobbs will be appearing for Maitland City Library at two special events on Thursday 31 August and Friday 1 September.

Leigh Hobbs is an artist and best selling author of more than 20 children’s books. He is probably best known for books like Old Tom, Mr Chicken Goes to Paris and Horrible Harriet. Leigh has been shortlisted for the Children’s Book Council of Australia Picture Book of the Year Award three times and his books have won every major child’s choice awards in Australia. His characters have reached almost cult status, delighting children for more than two decades.

Leigh is also the 2016/2017 Australia’s Children’s Laureate. The Australian Children’s Laureate is an initiative to champion and promote the transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians.

Maitland City Library is proud to host Leigh Hobbs who will be appearing in a special event for children and another for parents and adults. Children from Maitland can hear Leigh speak on Friday 1 September at sessions for schools to be held at Maitland Goal. Call 49349845 for more information.

Not to miss out, parents and teachers are invited to An Evening with Leigh Hobbs at Maitland Library on Thursday 31 August from 6.00pm to 7.30pm. At this exclusive, free event for adults, Leigh Hobbs will talk about how to engage children in reading, writing stories and drawing.

‘Maitland City Librarian Keryl Collard says, ‘Leigh Hobbs is one Australia’s most loved and iconic authors. He inspires and engages the imagination of children in his talks, and we’re lucky to have him appear for Children’s Book Week.’

Bookings for the events should be made online at