Craig Smith’s warm, quirky illustrations have amused kids for more than three decades. With over 360 books to his credit, the humor and pathos of home and school life, and a fondness for unusual perspectives are features of his work.
Craig will tour schools in Western Australia from 30 July–8 August 2012. The tour is fully booked but we welcome expressions of interest for future opportunities.
Other jobs include fruit picking, rust-scraper (on the Sydney Harbor Bridge), geriatric nurse, advertising illustrator, TV animator (killed my interest in the form) and teacher. I’ve also worked as a dad (unpaid).
I try to evoke an Australian childhood. A childhood lived in an Australian landscape – usually a suburb! I want to arm children with a sense of humour, of imagination, and of empathy.
Perhaps those few awards early in a career that are such a real encouragement. So, for instance: The NSW Premiers Literary Award 1982 (Whistle Up a Chimney by Nan Hunt). The Children’s Choice Award listings (when they occasionally happen) are also a buzz.
I am passionate about children learning to think critically and with real curiosity.