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Robert Vescio
Prep-Grade 6
New South Wales

Canterbury/Bankstown, St George and Inner West Sydney visits only.

Robert Vescio is an internationally published award-winning author of children’s picture books, based in Sydney.

Many of his picture books have been translated into other languages such as German, Italian, Polish, Chinese and Korean.

His picture book The Voyage was selected for the 2020 Children’s Book Council Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People. Finn and Puss and Eric Finds A Way were both shortlisted for the 2018 CBCA Bilby Awards and Window of Hopewas the 2nd Prize Winner in the 2021 Forevability Book Awards Picture Book Category. Finding You was selected on the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature list of picture books for older readers 2023.

The Polish edition of Under the Same Sky was the Main Prize Winner in the 20th Edition of the Child-Friendly World Competition 2022, in Poland.

Robert’s books are included on the NSW, VIC and QLD Premier’s Reading Challenges, and Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library in Australia.

Recently, his picture book Under the Same Sky was read on the hugely popular UK children’s show CBeebies as a bedtime story by award winning actor, Tom Hardy. And, Into the WildThe Art of Words and Seal Child were read by the Duchess of York, Sarah Ferguson, on her YouTube channel Storytime with Fergie and Friends.

Robert is an Australia Reads ambassador and a Books in Homes role model. His aim is to enthuse and inspire children to read and write and leave them bursting with imaginative ideas.

Books by Robert Vescio


Best Suited 4-8 Years
Today inspires imagination and fun. It’s a story about celebrating life to the fullest. It shows that a bear is the little child’s best friend, as they play and share together.

Finding You

Best Suited 3-7 Years
When a boy and a dog meet, an unbreakable and life-changing bond is created.

A touching and timely story about welcoming newcomers and those in need.

Nature’s Song

Best Suited 3-7 Years
A little girl sets off on a quest to find an irresistible gift to help bring the outside in for her homebound brother. Nature’s Song is an invitation to discover the wonders of nature in all its mysterious glory…and how nature creates and touches our lives for the better.

The Art of Words

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Words are everywhere! Come on this lively adventure to learn more about how they can be shortened, extended, and even switched around. Meet ugly words, colourful words, and words that just need a friend.

The Art of Words is a unique, fun and interactive story about the magic of words. Two children and their adorable dog are illustrated playfully interacting with letters and words, and discovering myriad word functions and capabilities. Typography is a major feature and each page shows words that are scaled, coloured, and positioned to enhance their meaning and reflect the interplay of their verbal and visual aspects.

At only 100 words, this ‘language through adventure’ book is intended to excite young children about language, especially the joy of words and their capabilities. Visually, it depicts an imaginative natural world with abundant greenery, stars, animals and flowers, and children engaging in sports, adventure and STEM! The illustrations aim to embrace and depict diversity in gender and race and cater to varied literacy levels. The font choices are simple and clear, to ensure beginning readers can engage confidently.

Children, parents, carers and teachers alike will delight in this quirky celebration of the joy and power of words. Readers will come to appreciate the joy of making stories from words, and will be reminded that even books that teach can be fun!

Under the Same Sky

Best Suited 5-10 Years
Two children on opposite sides of the world crave friendship. Is it possible to be friends across the miles?

The Box Cars

Best Suited 4-8 Years
Liam and Kai are the best of friends. They do everything together. Each day in the park they race around in their box cars, pretending to be everything from policemen chasing down bad guys to chauffeurs driving around movie stars! One day they notice a little girl watching them — she’s keen to join in and they’re happy to be her friends too, but with only two box cars to play with it seems someone’s going to be left out. The Box Cars is a fun-filled story of friendship, sharing and creative problem-solving that will appeal to boys and girls everywhere!

Finn and Puss

Best Suited 3-7 Years
Finn, a young boy, is lonely. Puss, a cat, is lost. Then Finn and Puss meet. Suddenly Finn isn’t lonely anymore, and Puss seems quite happy to be with Finn too. So when Finn sees a ‘Lost’ poster, put up by Puss’s owners, he’s faced with a tough decision. Will he do the right thing? This simple story, told in few words, touches on themes of hope, despair, loneliness and friendship. Above all, it gently explores how sometimes we need to make hard choices but that ‘doing the right thing’ has its own rewards.

A Squiggly Line

Best Suited 4-10 Years
A Squiggly Line is a story about the pursuit of one’s dream, similar to the rules of taming the life we live. The boy in the story starts with a blank page…he doesn’t know much about what he’s about to draw, but he knows he has a grasp on how to make it happen. During the process, even though his drawing may seem squiggly and messy at first, he soon discovers surprises along the way–surprises that he never thought existed. And from that moment, his creation comes to play.
Told in a unique way full of play and creativity, the story will send a powerful message about the endless possibilities of having fun with one’s imagination. It will help children to explore how they can turn a simple squiggly line into a playful idea.

The Voyage

Best Suited 3-8 Years
Displaced by war and conflict, a refugee family sets out on a dangerous voyage into the unknown. The sparse text (one word per page) and evocative illustrations combine powerfully to encourage young readers to create their own background story and thus identify more deeply with the plight of refugees and those less fortunate.

Bigger Than Yesterday, Smaller Than Tomorrow

Best Suited 4-10 Years
Hannah and Dad are going camping. Hannah is not afraid to go on an adventure. But things change when night approaches … Bigger Than Yesterday, Smaller Than Tomorrow is an enchanting tale about independence and security.

Into the Wild

Best Suited 3-6 Years
Roman is a lone wanderer and the wild is his to explore. Yet despite his amazing adventures and fascinating discoveries, Roman is still searching for something. Is being alone really the only choice for a wanderer?

Eric Finds a Way

Best Suited 0-6 Years
Eric loves to read. He has a towering bookshelf brimming with stories of strange and wonderful worlds. But … if only there were a way to actually get to these magical places. He just can’t seem to find the right words and his drawings never look quite right; not like his books at all! How will Eric find a way? A humorous and unique story about finding your own way to be creative.

Ella Saw the Tree

Best Suited 0-6 Years
Ella saw the Tree is an entertaining story about living in the moment. This beautiful and reflective picture book teaches a simple but important lesson. By taking a moment to slow down and really appreciate your surroundings even the simple things can be surprising and fun. One windy day, as Ella plays in her backyard, she is showered by leaves. When she looks up, Ella sees a tree in her backyard … has it always been there? And why is it crying? It’s not until Ella carefully and attentively takes the time to – smell, listen, feel and look – that she discovers the tree in her backyard, as if for the very first time. By slowing down and experiencing new sensations, Ella learns to appreciate the simple things in life

Happiness is a Cloud

Best Suited 4+Years
Join Harry at the beach! Look up to the clouds and what do you see? A delightful, lyrical tale of the emotions that family love, mindfulness and imagination can inspire!

Harry and his father and their dog, Jasper, spend a day together at the beach observing the ever-changing shapes of the clouds. Harry sees different shapes and gives each cloud an emotion. ‘That cloud is angry’. ‘That cloud is happy’. ‘That cloud is lonely’. He watches as the clouds slowly drift across the sky and transform. Harry shows us that emotions are like clouds. They change shape and roll by. He feels overwhelmed with a feeling and watches it change and drift out of view. Some days are wonderful, filled with sunlight, inviting us to play outside. Other days are cloudy and stormy… but the sun will always return to brighten our day!

Jack and Mia

Best Suited 5-7 Years
Jack and Mia are best friends. They stick together like paper and glue. Then the unthinkable happens … Mia’s family has to move away. How can they prove that distance is no barrier to friendship? A heartwarming story about loneliness, acceptance and the separation of close friends.


Best Suited 5-8 Years
Patience is the key to a happy life. Patience can make the difference between worry andtranquillity. Patience is love, joy, good and surprising. But is Patience more than just an emotion and a skill? A fun and reassuring story about exploring Patience as a childs best friend.


Best Suited 3-5 Years
The poetic voice of Robert Vescio teams with the artwork of Emma Stuart to bring this story of bushfire, wildlife, and the heroes of animal rescue.

Seal Child

Best Suited 0-3 Years
While a child searches for a place to call home she is befriended by a seal. This lyrical tale is one of hope and friendship. Illustrator Anna Pignataro has captured the drama of the sea and sky creating the perfect backdrop to Robert Vescio’s enchanting story.

The Storytellers

Best Suited 5-8 Years
Follow six children as they grow up doing what they like best and pursue their dreams. The storytellers come from all walks of life. Each one brings something special to their story. Come on a wondrous journey that starts a chain reaction through the joy of storytelling. After all, we are all part of someone elses story as well as our own.

Window of Hope

Best Suited 4-10 Years
Window of Hope is a moving, inspirational story about compassion and accepting differences. A disabled girl finds comfort and love in a bird with one leg. Max is not interested in the bird because it’s broken. But when the bird performs different tricks to get Max’s attention, she soon realises that the bird is special. This book will show children that bad times and having a handicap does not mean the end of possibilities. This story will help teach children about resilience and the wonderful relationship with animals, even with disabilities. Children with a disability can use this book as a tool to ask questions needed to process their own trauma. This story will inspire children and show how animals with a disability can bravely give life a second chance.

Wombat and joey Roo

Best Suited 2-7 Years
Wombat and Joey Roo is an adorable tale of caring and nurture, growth and independence. Children will fall in love with the whimsical illustrations in this affectionate, heartfelt story.

Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville

Best Suited 4+ Years
Barnaby is a bunny with big ideas and plans to make Bunnyville a better place. Barnaby wants a garden, but the mayor won’t agree, ‘Bunnies don’t plant, Bunnies dig!’ Barnaby refuses to give up and comes up with a clever plan to help the other bunnies discover where the real treasure is kept! Written by Robert Vescio and beautifully illustrated by Cheri Hughes, Barnaby and the Lost Treasure of Bunnyville is a story to remind us of the true value of our earth and celebrate the gifts it produces. Set in a fictional town of Bunnyville this easy to read story showcases through beautiful illustrations and a sense of fun how simple ideas can have a big impact when it comes to helping our environment

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