Happy Publication Day


In the summertime, Grandpa and I go cicada-watching. We put our camping gear into my wagon and walk down to the local reserve. Last year we saw five Green Grocers, three Yellow Mondays and one Floury Baker. Can we find the rare Black Prince this year?

'Enthralling story with striking illustrations'

Margaret Hamilton AM

Preview Judy Watson's Illustrations


One of my favourite internal pages from Searching For Cicadas.

Book Launch Time


Many thanks to the Children's Bookshop Beecroft for launching Searching For Cicadas with fifty enthusiastic Teacher Librarians!

Book Week Author Visits


If you would like an informative, entertaining Book Week author visit you can book me through The Children's Bookshop Speaker Agency. 

See Speaker Agency on my webpage for the link.

Searching For Cicadas showcases at the CBCA Literary Festival


Many thanks Walker Books for showcasing Searching For Cicadas at the CBCA Literary Festival 2019.

Time To Celebrate Endpapers


Here are the beautiful endpapers created by the talented Judy Watson for Searching For Cicadas.


A Boat of Stars CBCA Notable Book 2019


A Boat of Stars edited by Margaret Connolly and Natalie Jane Prior is a 2019 CBCA Early Childhood Book of the Year Notable Book.

Congratulations to all the contributors.

New Date for Writing Chapter Books for 6-9 Year Olds


Want to write for children but not sure where to start? Come and join me on Wednesday 12th June 2019 at the Australian Writers' Centre, Sydney for my course Writing Chapter Books for 6-9 Year Olds.

A Great Day Teaching at the Australian Writers' Centre


'Not a bad spot for a writing course 🙌🏼 Writing Chapter Books For 6-9 Year Olds at the Australian Writers' Centre.  Lesley Gibbes was fantastic! Check out her Fizz series and also her fleet of picture books, including our favourite, Fluke 🐋 Maybe he was out there in the harbour?'

Gemma Patience Facebook March 2019

SCBWI Professional Development Day 2019 Huge Success


What a fantastic day chatting about poetry at the SCBWI Professional Development Day for teachers. Other authors on the panel include Sally Murphy, Libby Hathorn & Meredith Costain. Our panel was chaired by by Jodie Wells-Slowgrove and concluded with a dramatic poetry reading from the poetry anthology A Boat of Stars by Alexa Moses.
Many thanks to Susanne Gervay and the SCBWI team for all their hard work.

Searching For Cicadas Publication Date Announced


Searching For Cicadas by Lesley Gibbes illustrated by Judy Watson and published by Walker Books as part of the Nature Storybook Series is due for publication August 2019!

Three Little Mermaids Publication Date Announced


Three Little Mermaids by Lesley Gibbes, illustrated by Lisa Stewart and published by Scholastic is due for publication in December 2019.


Fluke Wins At Whitley Awards


Congratulations Fluke on winning Best Book in the Young Children's Book division at the Whitley Awards by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW, October 2018.

Fizz in France

The Fizz series is released in France October 2018.

The Fizz Series makes its debut in France Oct 2018.

Quick As A Wink Fairy Pink Picture Book Pack


Quick As A Wink Fairy Pink  is at the Post Office in a beautiful Picture Book Pack with four other Working Title Press books retailing at $16.99 ready for Christmas 2018.

Booked Out!


The October date for my chapter book course at The Australian Writers' Centre is booked out! 

A new course date will be announced soon!

Book Week 2018


Places are filling fast for Book Week 2019. You can book me through the Children's Bookshop Speaker Agency in Sydney.

Fizz Getting Noticed In America!


Many thanks to my American publishers Kane Miller for their continuing support.


Fluke Shortlisted for Environment Award


Congratulations Fluke!

Shortlisted for the Wilderness Society Australia Award for Children's Literature 2018.

Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts American Award


Congratulations Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts!

Best Children's Books of the Year, Bank Street College America 2018.

Fizz and the Police Dog Tryouts Singapore Award


Congratulations Fizz and the Police Tryouts shortlisted in the Red Dot Book Awards 2017-2018 Younger Readers by the International School Libraries Network, Singapore.

Quick as a Wink Fairy Pink Paperback Debut


Paperback Quick as a Wink Fairy Pink hits the shelves in April 2018.

Fluke Paperback Debut


Paperback Fluke hits the shelves in August 2018

CBCA Northern Sydney Sub-branch Pitching Panel


A great night sharing all my tips for the perfect pitch. Many thanks Belinda Murrell for having me.