During our Book Week festivities, we were lucky enough to be visited by Gregg Dreise; a renowned Australian author and illustrator, celebrated for his contributions to children’s literature and his deep connection to Indigenous culture.
Born and raised in Queensland, Australia, Dreise is of Kamilaroi and Euahlayi heritage, which profoundly influences his work.
With a background in teaching, Dreise is dedicated to promoting literacy and cultural understanding among young readers. His books often revolve around themes of Indigenous storytelling, folklore, and the importance of respecting the environment. Gregg Dreise’s storytelling style is engaging and thought-provoking, making his works a valuable addition to the world of children’s literature.
One of his most notable books, “Silent Night,” was awarded the prestigious Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Picture Book of the Year in 2016. This recognition further solidified his position as a leading figure in Australian children’s literature.
Through his writing and illustration, Gregg Dreise continues to inspire readers of all ages, offering a window into the rich tapestry of Indigenous culture and wisdom while delivering important life lessons and messages of unity and harmony. His work stands as a testament to the power of storytelling to bridge cultures and generations.

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