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Peter Carnavas

Author and Illustrator

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Peter Carnavas writes and illustrates books for children and the grown-ups in their lives.

His first book, Jessica’s Box, was shortlisted in the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award and the CBCA Crichton Award for Emerging Illustrators. He has since created many books, including Last Tree in the City, The Children Who Loved Books and  The Boy on the Page. His picture book, Blue Whale Blues, about a whale with bike trouble, won the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators 2016 Crystal Kite Award (Australia region).

Peter has worked with author Pat Flynn on My Totally Awesome Story, and illustrated Damon Young’s series of picture books that celebrate family diversity, including the ABIA winning My Sister is a Superhero.

In 2018 he won the Children’s Book Award, Queensland Literary Awards for The Elephant, a novel about a girl who tries to cheer up her father by chasing away an elephant that nobody else can see and .

His latest book is A Quiet Girl and coming out in August 2019 are My Dad Snores and My Dad is a Dragon (in the Damon Young series).

Peter lives in the Sunshine Coast hinterland with his wife, two daughters, a dog called Florence and a cat named Harry. He’s still getting used to the cat.

Presentation Info

Stories about Family
Peter Carnavas
Families are an important part of Peter’s books, from book-loving families to magical mums. In this session, Peter will introduce you to some new book families, with A Quiet Girl, and two dad books, My Dad is a Dragon and My Dad Snores. There’ll even be time to draw some pictures of our own families.


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