Lesley Gibbes

Lesley is a dynamic, engaging presenter ideal for school author presentations, storytelling, writing workshops, festivals, professional development and parent forums. She is a presenter at the Australian Writers’ Centre and has an extensive background in education with sixteen years teaching experience.

Lesley is an internationally published author of more than fourteen books for children. Her books include CBCA Honour Book Scary Night, CBCA Shortlisted Book Searching For Cicadas, Whitley Award Winner Fluke, A Boat Of Stars (poetry anthology) and the hilarious chapter book series Fizz.

Lesley’s writing has received acknowledgement from The Children’s Book Council of Australia, The Royal Zoological Society of NSW, The Wilderness Society, Speech Pathology Australia, International School Libraries Network Singapore and The American Booksellers Association.

Her latest picture book Dinosaur Dad’s published Aug 2021 is a rollicking, rhyming, romping, stomping, dinosaur adventure perfect for Father’s Day.

‘Lesley is everything you hope for in a guest speaker. She is both astute and entertaining and goes above and beyond to truly connect with the students.
Lesley moves seamlessly between informative author and engaging entertainer as she speaks. Literature and young people are clearly her passions.
Therefore, when she addresses an audience, it is with a palpable enthusiasm that the students (and teachers) cannot help but be taken with. We had the pleasure of having Lesley visit us for Book Week in 2020 and showcase her latest work ‘Searching for Cicadas’. As a result, students from Kindergarten to Year Six were inspired to not only become better authors but also more active explorers of the world around them. That is the magic that literature has in the world and that Lesley helps to cast its spell effortlessly.’

-Matthew G.

‘Our students and staff loved your visit. You were so well prepared and engaging. Our students loved the various props and tools you brought along with you to support your presentation, and our teachers commented on how you held the students attention so well. Several teachers have asked if we could purchase more copies of the Fizz series as its a great little book to encourage students into reading their chapter books. Several students have come to tell me about the cicada shells they have discovered since reading Searching for Cicadas! Wishing you all the best in your writing!’

– Nicole W.