Bob Graham began his first paid position as an artist with the NSW Government Printers in 1973, designing publications and drawing Father Christmas on lottery tickets. He has been a freelance artist since 1983, and is now a prolific writer and illustrator of children’s books.
Apart from his earlier commercial illustrations and his picture books, he has also illustrated educational materials and a monthly comic strip for the French magazine Les Belles Histoires. His stories focus on family life and ordinary events, suffused with a warmth and gentleness which reflect his attitudes of tolerance and a love of humanity. Over the years, his illustrative techniques have not changed, for he still uses pen and ink, watercolour and chalks as well as scissors and sticky tape.
He has won many international and Australian awards including the CBCA Picture Book of the year Award three times, the UNICEF Bologna Illustrator of the Year Award in 1994, the Kate Greenaway Medal in 2002 and the Charlotte Zolotow Award in 2009.