As a tribute to Narelle Oliver’s significant contribution to children’s literature, the CBCA is currently conducting a special fundraising campaign for her name to be listed in memoriam as a contributor to the CBCA Awards Foundation.
During a rich and varied career, Narelle Oliver was a teacher, a lecturer, an artist and creator of numerous award-winning children’s books. She was also a devoted environmentalist and her love of natural environments and Australian fauna inspired many of her painstakingly detailed and lovingly crafted picture books.
In 1996 her book The Hunt about a Tawny Frogmouth in search of prey won CBCA Picture Book of the Year. Over the years her work has also been recognised by The Queensland Literary Awards, The Qld Premier’s Literary Awards, The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards, The Wilderness Society Environment Award for Children’s Literature, and the Royal Zoological Society of NSW Whitely Awards among others.
Narelle’s final children’s book Rockpool Secrets, published by Walker Books Australia in early 2017, features her beautiful and distinctive linocut artwork and explores the hidden world of rockpool creatures.
Narelle Oliver. Born 25 February 1960. Died 5 October 2016.
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