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David Miller

Author, Illustrator

David Miller is having a lot of difficulty answering this question, so here are a few kind words from publisher Helen Chamberlin: ‘David is a leading Australian children’s book author/illustrator with a hugely impressive track record. His unique paper sculptures are of the highest artistic merit and he has a consummately professional approach to all he undertakes.’

Where were you born?

I was born in Sydney during the second World War.

What other jobs have you had?

I worked in advertising agencies as an art director.

What themes are recurring in your work?

I’m not sure that there are recurring themes in my books as they range from the fun of a baby crocodile snapping at everything he sees to books dealing with the plight of refugees and mental illness.

Where have your works been published?

Australia, UK, USA, Sweden, France.

What are you passionate about?

The beauty and fragility of our wonderful world. Encouraging children to be creative. Showing children it is possible to have a career in the arts.



David Miller was an absolute delight to have at school. He did such an amazing job of pitching his first talk to the Grade 3/4’s and then pitching it perfectly to the Grade 1’s too. He did a wonderful job of making his talk a great balance of reading, describing his process, talking with the students (questions and responses) and also a practical component to the session. All the students gave wonderful feedback about their experience and the teachers were thrilled with sitting in too. Everyone was in awe of his amazing paper sculptures and we all loved our experience. We would have him back again next year in a heartbeat!

—A. Dawson, Elwood Primary School, August 2015

Thank you again for all your efforts and recommendations for our Visiting Author day last Friday. We had another terrific day. David Miller was so engaging and encouraging, and all the children thoroughly enjoyed his creativity. Having a small model to make and take home made the day so memorable. Our teachers were inspired too!

—F. Greenough, Nunawading Christian College, September 2013

When David started talking to the year 2’s and 3’s, he was immediately engaging, talking and showing them how he goes about cutting out his shapes. There were lots of ‘oohs’ and ‘aahs’ when we watched his powerpoint about the stages he goes through to make a paper sculpture. To finish off with each child having a go at their own paper sculpture was just great – everyone went away realising how hard it is to make paper sculpture but impressed with what they were able to create. Overall, he made a great impression and I would love to have him again.

—J. Butler, Junior School Teacher Librarian, Carey Baptist Grammar, September 2012

The students were mesmerized by David’s sculptures and the presentation he gave. It was good to be able to have the opportunity to make their own paper sculpture. I would like for you to pass on to David that his visit to our school was loved by the students and staff. It was a pleasure to have him give his presentation and his sculptures in his glass cases that he bought were amazing. I would definitely recommend David to other schools.

—J. Paulding, Education Support Officer, Baxter Primary School, 2016

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