Welcome to Pinerolo

Pinerolo, the Children’s Book Cottage is the home for children's books in New South Wales – at Blackheath in the beautiful Blue Mountains. Pinerolo promotes Australian picture books and their creators, educates children and adults about picture books, provides a venue for the exhibition of original artwork from picture books and brings people interested in picture books together in an inspiring environment

*Pinerolo is an Italian word meaning 'place of pines'

Illustrators in Residence 2017

WestWords and Pinerolo partnered in 2017 to offer a unique program aiming to extend illustrators’ knowledge of picture book creation and design, the process of publishing and the publishing industry. The 2017 program has now closed but watch this space for news of future programs.

coming events

OPEN DAY With Christmas coming up I hope you’ll have time to come to Pinerolo for a visit on Sunday 3 December. I’m delighted to have two very important visitors on the day: Author Dawn Meredith will be here to talk about her two new books and illustrator extraordinaire Lisa Stewart will demonstrate her amazing drawing skills and she might even play her violin. Come and join us - and pick up a Christmas bargain as well! Full details here.

Our next course on Creating Picture Books will be in 2018, so please check back on this site.


Weekly residencies are available for authors and illustrators with optional professional mentorship. More information here.

Group and School Visits

programs and workshops for groups including school students and teachers. More information here and Risk Assessment statement here.

accommodation at Pinerolo

Self-contained, self-catering, quiet and peaceful accommodation for writers, illustrators and children's-book lovers in beautiful Blackheath.


Pinerolo is a partner of WestWords.

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B IS FOR BEDTIME is Margaret Hamilton's first picture book and a CBCA 2015 Notable Book. It’s companion book COUNTING THROUGH THE DAY was published in 2016. (Little Hare Books). Both books are available at all good bookshops or from Pinerolo. Original artwork by Anna Pignataro is also available. Check out the catalogue.

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Opening Hours

Pinerolo is currently open by appointment only. Please call (02) 4787 8492, to schedule a visit. Or view our contact page for further details

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