First 5 Forever: Stories for Little Queenslanders

This spring, we’re bringing 12 new children’s books to Queensland’s littlest readers through local libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres.

With First 5 Forever: Stories for Little Queenslanders, you’ll be able to settle in with your little reader and share stories about mischief-making animals, quirky Queensland settings and charming young characters reflecting the diversity of families that call Queensland home. Written exclusively for State Library of Queensland and First 5 Forever by local authors and illustrators, they’ll give your family lots of fun summer reading moments to share.

The books have been created for children 0-5 by twenty-one authors and illustrators including emerging and established talent such as much-loved children’s authors Pamela Rushby and Samantha Wheeler, cherished illustrators Sophie Beer and Simon Howe, and first-time children’s book authors and illustrators Emma Cracknell, Janet Turner and Eunice Day (a 2020 black&write! Fellowship winner).

The books will be available in print, electronic and audio formats through Queensland libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres later this year.

The First 5 Forever: Stories for Little Queenslanders authors and artists are

  • Kathryn Apel
  • Sophie Beer
  • Kellie Byrnes
  • Emma Cracknell
  • Eunice Day
  • Erin Dunne
  • Nicola Hooper
  • Shannon Horsfall
  • Simon Howe
  • Ella Kris
  • Alison McLennan
  • Shae Millward
  • Dylan Mooney
  • Pamela Rushby
  • Sally Scudamore
  • Billie-Jean Taylor
  • Charlie Thomson
  • Rachel Tribout
  • Janet Turner
  • Samantha Wheeler
  • Brent Wilson

Since launching in 2015, First 5 Forever activities have attracted more than 2.8 million attendances in public libraries and Indigenous Knowledge Centres across the state, providing strong early literacy foundations for Queensland children aged 0-5 years.

Read more about First 5 Forever or contact your local public library or Indigenous Knowledge Centre to find out more about their programs.