100 years of Gumnut Babies

Gumnut Babies has been captivating young children, parents and grandparents alike for generations and this year marks 100 years since May Gibbs' first book Gumnut Babies was released.

Two years later, in 1918, a book we would all remember dearly, The Tales of Snugglepot and Cuddlepie was released.

To celebrate the continued success of May’s iconic bush babies, HarperCollins Children’s Books, Australia has released a beautiful new centenary edition of Gumnut Babies that has been redesigned to showcase May’s original illustrations and also includes a bonus biography on the enigmatic Cecilia May Gibbs.

May Gibbs' marvelous creation – the Gumnut world, with its tiny heroes and heroines and deliciously villainous villains – has fascinated generations of children since its first publication in 1916.

Gumnuts at the races, at the ballet, and dancing at balls are some of May's exquisitely illustrated scenes that have delighted us all.
This beautiful new edition, now available from all good book stores (RRP: $39.99), has been produced to mark the centenary of Gumnut Babies and contains the stories of Gum-Blossom Babies, Flannel Flowers and Other Bush Babies, Boronia Babies, Wattle Babies, plus Nuttybub and Nittersing, and Chucklebud and Wunkydoo.

About May Gibbs:

May Gibbs is one of Australia’s best loved classic children's book illustrators and authors. Born January 1877, her deep love and understanding of the Australian bush was portrayed in her work, fostering in children her own love of nature. Gumnut Babies her classic book about Australian bush fairies was first published in 1916 and became an instant success.

Born in Sydenham, Kent, May Gibbs came to Australia at the age of four. Encouraged by her parents, May drew and painted as a child. She went on to study art, both in Western Australia and in England, before settling in Sydney to follow a successful career as a writer and illustrator of children’s books.

During WW1 May produced postcards depicting gumnut babies in uniform to support Australia’s role in the war, and her first books, Gumnut Babies and Gum-Blossom Babies, were published in 1916.

When she died on November 27 1969, she bequeathed 50% of the copyright of all her works to The Northcott Society and 50% to Cerebral Palsy Alliance.  Through her foresight and generosity, proceeds from the sale of May Gibbs products have supported thousands of Australian children with disabilities and their families.

You can find the special 100 year anniversary edition for purchase HERE.

As part of the 100-year celebrations a WEBSITE for May Gibbs has been launched and is the go-to destination for all things on the celebrated Author and Illustrator.  

In addition you can follow the story at FACEBOOK and INSTAGRAM

We have two beautiful new centenary editions of Gumnut Babies to give away, valued at $39.99 each along with Tales from the Gumnut Tree. Keep an eye on the Little Rockers Radio Facebook Page this weekend for all of the details and to enter.