You’ve seen the book, now see the original artwork! Molly Moores has a house like yours… or does she? Open the door and discover Ross Morgan’s stunning artworks created for the children’s picture book Molly Moores has a House Like Yours, written by Kaliah Tsakalidis.

Running from April 30 to May 13 at Bluethumb Art Gallery, the exhibition will feature 32 individual acrylic paintings on canvas boards, created as illustrations for the picture book.

Molly Moores has a House Like Yours is the first book published as part of Little Book Press and Raising Literacy Australia’s Emerging Author and Illustrator Mentoring Program. The book was included in Raising Literacy Australia’s 2021 preschool reading pack and given free to 23,000 South Australian preschool children. The initiative, supported by the James and Diana Ramsay Foundation, gave unpublished authors and illustrators intensive mentoring support to develop their writing and illustration techniques and create their first children’s picture book.

The exhibition will give visitors an insight into the complex process that goes into the creation of a picture book and the importance of literacy as an artform. Inspiring the next generation of authors and illustrators, the exhibition will give families and children the chance to learn more about art appreciation in an accessible and familiar format after reading the book together.

Children who visit the exhibition will receive a free art pack, which includes a STEM activities and a colouring-in book bag.