Kerry Argent

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Kerry Argent
Born1960 (age 61–62)

Kerry Argent (born 1960) is an Australian illustrator of children's books.


Argent was born in Angaston in South Australia.[1] She came to notice when she was part of the new wave of children's books published when Bob Hawke was the Prime Minister.[2] After studying commercial art at TAFE, Argent went on to study graphic design at the South Australian School of Design.[1] As part of her graduate course she illustrated a counting book written by her partner, artist and author Rod Trinca, called One Woolly Wombat. This book inspired a revival of Australian children's picture book literature and helped provide the publisher Omnibus Books with the finance needed to publish its second book: Possum Magic by Mem Fox. One Woolly Wombat has been the recipient of both international and national awards and was selected as the "Best Children's Book" in 1985, when it won a Whitley Award by the Royal Zoological Society of New South Wales.[3] It is now considered a modern-day classic of Australian children's literature. It continues to sell, 35 years after its first release.

Argent has illustrated several books by Australian children's writers Mem Fox, Thelma Catterwell and Margaret Wild. Her illustrations for Sofie Laguna's Too Loud Lily gained the Children's Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year award for early childhood in 2003.[3]


Year Title Author
1982 One Woolly Wombat Rod Trinca[1]
1985 Sebastian Lives in a Hat Thelma Catterwell[1][3]
1985 A Bush Birthday Eleanor Nilsson[1]
1987 Derek the Dinosaur Mary Blackwood
1991 Thank you, Santa Margaret Wild[1]
1995 Gotcha! Gail Jorgensen[1]
1995 Wombat Divine Mem Fox
1999 Sleepy Bears Mem Fox
2000 Nighty Night Margaret Wild
2002 Too Loud Lily Sofie Laguna
2007 Ruby Roars Margaret Wild


  1. ^ a b c d e f g Scobie, Susan, ed. (1997). The Dromkeen Book of Australian Children's Illustrators. Scholastic Australia. pp. 18–20. ISBN 1863886958.
  2. ^ Sheahan-Bright, edited by Craig Munro & Robyn (2006). Paper empires : a history of the book in Australia 1946–2005 ([Online-Ausg.]. ed.). St Lucia, Qld.: University of Queensland Press. p. 300. ISBN 0702235733. Retrieved 7 November 2014. {{cite book}}: |first1= has generic name (help)
  3. ^ a b c Kerry Argent,, retrieved 9 November 2014