Australia’s most famous Babies visit Picton Library

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Australia’s most famous Babies visit Picton Library

Posted on: 23.02.2018

It’s 100 years since May Gibbs’ adorable characters found their way into the homes and hearts of Australians, and Picton Library is celebrating with a free travelling display featuring May Gibbs’ iconic artwork from 3 March - 15 March 2018.

May Gibbs was Australia's first full-time, professionally trained children's book author and illustrator, and the display features reproductions of some of her most beloved characters including the gumnut babies and the brothers Snugglepot and Cuddlepie.

According to State Library of NSW Senior Curator Alison Wishart, “Generations of Australians have fond memories of growing up with the gumnut babies and their friends, and passed the books they read as children down to their own children.”

The gumnut babies became an instant hit when they first appeared on 5 December 1916 in a booklet published by Angus & Robertson, and the gum-blossom babies soon followed.

The display explores May Gibbs’ early work, the characters of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie, Ragged Blossom and Little Obelia, her process and examples of how the war influenced her work.

“May Gibbs was a keen environmentalist and was also fiercely patriotic”, Ms Wishart said.

 “Not many people know that during the First World War she designed a series of postcards and bookmarks featuring her popular characters to send to the soldiers overseas.”

The display will be on show at Picton Library until 15 March 2018. The first fifty people to visit the display will receive a beautiful bookmark featuring Gibbs’ artwork.

For more information please contact Picton Library on 4677 8300.

May Gibbs Crafternoon

As part of the travelling display, Picton Library will be hosting a May Gibbs ‘crafternoon’ for kids.

Children and their parents are invited to come along for an afternoon of craft making, based on the characters of May Gibbs, Australia’s first full-time professionally trained children’s book author and illustrator.

When: Thursday 8 March 2018

Where: Picton Library, 42 Menangle Street, Picton

Time:   4pm – 5.30pm

Cost:   FREE

Under 8 years must be accompanied by an adult.

There are limited spaces and bookings are essential. Contact Picton Library on 4677 8300.