Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse
as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary
worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in
themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special.
Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part
of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using
her books to help children and adults write and draw about their
In 2012, Alison became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book creator to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. In 2019, Alison was awarded an Australia Post Legends Award and featured on a stamp, as well as being the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.