Cartoon Workshop with James Foley


James Foley is in festival mode - fresh off a stint at the Sydney Writers Festival and Margaret River Reader & Writer's Festival - he is in great form! We're absolutely thrilled to finally be welcoming him to The Little Bookroom!

James will be taking participants through the self-portrait process. Then it'll be time to come up with their ideal robot companion...


There'll be plenty of time for book signing and to chat with James after the workshop, which we anticipate will go for 50 minutes.


The workshop has been planned with 7-10-year-olds in mind.



Sally is the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve, and she just knows she can build a better brother than the messy, smelly version she has. Sally’s invention – Brobot – is fantastic, that is until the remote gets broken and Brobot careens out of control. Sally realises that maybe there’s more to a brother than just his inconveniences...

A hilarious graphic novel for young readers.


James is a children's author and illustrator. James is an ambassador for Books In Homes and Room to Read Australia, and the Illustrator Coordinator for SCBWI Australia West. His interests include comics, film, psychology, science, history (anything nerdy really), as well as yoga and social justice.



You are warmly invited to join author Maura Finn and illustrator Karen Erasmus to celebrate the launch of their new picture book ROSE'S RED BOOTS at The Little Bookroom.



One bright autumn morning, Rose and her cheeky companion, Banjo, head off to fly their kite.


The little red boots went marching, marching, marching.

The little red boots went marching, merrily on their way...  



Maura Finn is a children’s book author based in Melbourne, Australia. She write stories for children of preschool age all the way up to the middle grades, but has a particular fondness for picture books and children’s poetry.



Karen Erasmus is a freelance illustrator based in Melbourne. She enjoys creating work that is lively and fun, with acrylic, watercolour, pencil, ink and pastel. Karen has had more than 15 picture books published. As well as illustrating for children's publishing she creates work for local exhibitions and enjoys working with Sketch Videos. Karen also runs workshops and teaches a weekly class at Oak Hill Gallery in Mornington.

Writing and Illustration workshop with adrian beck and heath mckenzie


7-11-year-olds are invited to join us for a workshop that includes writing (Adrian Beck’s specialty) and illustrating (Heath McKenzie’s bag).

One ticket per child, which includes a copy of 'The Alien Zoo…and You' 


‘The sign on the enclosure wall read: GREEPERS. But perhaps it would have been more accurate if it had said: HEAPS OF GREEPERS.

And maybe there should have been a second sign that said: AND THEY’RE FLYING STRAIGHT FOR YOU!’

A dead grandpa.
A secret alien zoo.
And only two kids to save all its creatures from a terrible fate.
What could possibly go wrong?

Funny, mysterious and a little bit rude; hold on to your hippos and look inside The Alien Zoo!


Adrian Beck is a part-time author, part-time TV producer and full-time doting dad of two girls. He once played an alien on TV, which was much more successful than the time he played a gangster or a postman. Possibly because he wore an alien mask and it did most of the acting for him.

The Alien Zoo series was inspired by the sense of wonder Adrian’s daughters display whenever they visit a regular zoo. It was also inspired by lots of chocolate. Adrian lives in Melbourne but is originally from Hobart . . . which could explain a few things. 

Heath McKenzie lives and works in Melbourne, Australia (in a normal house, not an alien zoo, despite what it may look like). He’s fairly sure he’s never met an alien, but then again, how can anyone REALLY be sure they haven’t? He did once see something weird in the sky that was probably a UFO – there’s no other explanation for it!

When not seeing flying saucers, Heath writes stories and draws dragons, werewolves, sloths and the occasional princess or footy hero! Not to mention angry greepers, flurps and twozzlers.

Storytime Yoga

Yoga Sparks offers yoga classes to children (ages 2 to 18) and families of all backgrounds and abilities. This Storytime Yoga Session is for 3-6-year-olds.

Yoga Sparks wholeheartedly believes that yoga has a vital role to play in promoting physical, social and emotional wellbeing. Our aim is to spark health, happiness and heart!

Children learn best when they are enjoying themselves. Yoga Sparks classes combine yoga postures with music, dance, stories, partner/group work and games and include exercises focusing on breath, visualisation, relaxation and meditation. There is a balance between structure and spontaneity, excitement and calm.

Kaela Snibson, the founder of Yoga Sparks and certified children’s yoga and partner yoga teacher (Rainbow Kids Yoga) and qualified adult yoga teacher (RYT 200hrs) has had extensive experience working with children in dance, rhythmic gymnastics and the performing arts.

Kaela has also completed studies in child and developmental psychology while undertaking a Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Arts at the University of Melbourne.

Prior to founding Yoga Sparks, Kaela worked as a corporate lawyer for four years. During this time, she benefited immensely from the practice of yoga and mindfulness and wishes she had developed these skills at an earlier age.

Kaela combines her passions in cultivating interactive, creative, dynamic and play-based yoga classes that are accessible to all.

Introducing D-Bot Squad


This is a very special morning just for readers in Prep/Foundation and Grade 1!

They’ll be welcomed into a world where dinosaurs and robots co-exist, and they won’t want to leave it.

Susannah McFarlane will set the scene, providing them with exclusive back ground info and then see if anyone is daring enough to be recruited to D-Bot Squad. There’ll be tests on dinosaur knowledge and D-Bot creating skills before the new recruits build their own with activity sheets.

Plus, illustrator James Hart will be join us too: he’ll demonstrate how to draw D-Bots!



D-Bot Squad is a super-exciting series for very beginner readers... from the creators of the bestselling Boy vs Beast series. A world kids will love, using words they can read. Why not read an extract?

Dinosaurs are back, and on the loose!

It's up to D-Bot Squad to catch them.

Hunter Marks knows everything there is to know about dinosaurs. But does he know enough to pass the computer game test and make it into top-secret D-Bot Squad?

D-Bot Squad is written to get kids reading - and keep them reading. Combining un-put-downable content with success-reading readability, D-Bot Squad will have even the most reluctant readers devouring all eight books.



Writing under the pseudonym MAC PARK, Stories Inc is an innovative partnership between Louise Park and Susannah McFarlane, who between them have sold more than 10 million books. Their partnership is the perfect fusion of education, literacy and reading acquisition, and cutting-edge children's trade publishing. They have over 50 years of combined experience in publishing, writing and editing books for children that adults trust, parents buy, and kids love to read. They have published, edited or written numerous bestselling children's series, including Go Girl!, Zac Power, EJ12 Girl Hero, Star Girl, Harriet Clare and Boy vs Beast. 


JAMES HART was raised in the UK on English comics and classic eighties and nineties cartoons before moving to Australia and studying illustration, electronic design and multimedia. James has designed toys, animated programs such as The Day My Butt Went Psycho, and illustrated books for series including You Choose, Boy vs Beast, Glen Maxwell, Ball Stars and Accidentally Awesome. When he's not drawing aliens, robots and monsters, James is being a dad and husband, watching movies and documentaries and cartoons, drinking coffee, listening to music, gardening, reading...and drinking more coffee. James's illustrations can be viewed at

Storytime with Lucinda Gifford


You are warmly invited to join our Storytime community for this special session with local author-illustrator Lucinda Gifford!

There’ll be songs, rhymes, shaker activities and a reading and signing with Lucinda. It’ll be great fun for toddlers to picture book loving primary schoolers. 


The Cat Wants Cuddles sees the return of Kevin the cat. But he doesn’t want a pat. He doesn’t want a tickle. And he definitely does NOT want a cuddle. 

There’s absolutely no way this hilarious cat is going to change his mind about that. Or will he? 


Lucinda Gifford was brought up in Scotland and originally intended to become an architect. Her love of drawing buildings was cancelled out at the time by an overwhelming disinterest in construction sites, and so she went on to work in advertising and design for a long while. Now she lives in Melbourne, and draws for a living!

Science Storytime


We’ll be reading our favourite picture books with a science theme at this Storytime, and we’ll be welcoming special guests Idan Ben-Barak and Julian Frost to read their smash hit debut picture book! They’ll stick around for books signing too.

Perfect for 3-8-year-olds.



A brilliantly simple, funny, interactive picture book that introduces children to the strange, unseen world of microbes all around them by the award-winning author of Small Wonders and the animator of the insanely successful video 'Dumb Ways to Die'.

Min is a microbe. She is small. Very small. In fact so small that you'd need to look through a microscope to see her. Or you can simply open this book and take Min on an adventure to amazing places she's never seen before - like the icy glaciers of your tooth or the twisted, tangled jungle that is your shirt.

The perfect book for anyone who wants to take a closer look at the world…



Idan Ben-Barak holds a BSc in medical science, an MSc in microbiology, and a PhD in the history and philosophy of science. His first book, Small Wonders: How Microbes Rule Our World has been published around the world and won the 2010 American Association for the Advancement of Science/Subaru SB&F (Science Books and Films) Prize for Excellence in Science Books, Young Adult category. An excerpt from his most recent book, Why Aren't We Dead Yet? The Survivor's Guide to the Immune System, was runner-up in the 2015 Bragg UNSW Press Prize for Science Writing. Idan lives in Melbourne with his wife and two children.

Julian Frost is an illustrator, designer and animator. Julian received worldwide acclaim for his animation 'Dumb Ways to Die' which has had close to 150 million views since it was uploaded on YouTube in 2012. With his illustration work for kids, Julian loves using likeable silliness in the service of communicating serious information. He lives in Melbourne.