Story Box Library

Join us for storytime with Story Box Library and special guest storytellers.

Featuring some of Australia’s favourite writers and musicians—Paul Dempsey, Emma Donovan, Kate Miller-Heidke, Alice Pung and Jamila Rizvi—Story Box Library has released nine children’s book story reads as part of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Watch diverse storytellers bring this series to life, plus explore a digital library with almost 400 exciting story reads in unique locations, available to watch online, anytime.

In partnership with Story Box Library

Paul Dempsey

Singer, guitarist and songwriter Paul Dempsey reads Jane Goodwin’s Arno and His Horse, a touching story about memory, dreams, and the mysterious ways we feel connected to those we love, and I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me, a heartfelt tale about the importance of really seeing the world around us and the power in tiny acts of kindness by Evie Barrow.

Arno and His Horse

I Saw Pete and Pete Saw Me

Emma Donovan

Acclaimed Indigenous Australian singer Emma Donovan reads Bruce Pascoe’s Found, a gentle story set in the rugged Australian bush about a small calf who becomes separated from his family, and Don’t Forget, a timely and uplifting picture book reflecting on what’s important for each of us to remember by Jane Godwin and Anna Walker.


Don’t Forget

Kate Miller-Heidke

Award-winning singer-songwriter Kate Miller Heidke reads How to Make a Bird, a moving story that celebrates the transformative power of the creative process, and Ten Tiny Things, a visually stunning picture book, both written by Meg McKinlay.

How to Make a Bird

Ten Tiny Things

Alice Pung

Beloved and bestselling author Alice Pung reads This Small Blue Dot by Zeno Sworder, a story that follows a little girl exploring the big and small things in life, and The Unwilling Twin, a cheeky and charming story about the ups and downs of sibling love by Freya Blackwood.

This Small Blue Dot

The Unwilling Twin

Jamila Rizvi

Much-loved author Jamila Rizvi reads her picture book I’m a Hero Too, the perfect picture book for families with young children to share and make sense of the changes in their lives brought about by COVID-19.

I’m a Hero Too

Story Box Library is a creative and innovative platform developed for children to improve their literacy and language skills. Connecting children, educators and librarians to Australian children’s books, Story Box Library gets kids excited about reading and learning, and provides a window into different experiences through a diverse range of well-known storytellers, filmed in unique locations.