Alison Lester is the well-known creator of many popular and award-winning children's books, many of which reflect her own country childhood. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. In 2012, Alison Lester became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate, a position shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, Alison was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature. Her much-loved picture books include Magic Beach, My Farm, Are We There Yet? and Noni the Pony.