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

Our next course on Creating Picture Books, is on Saturday 21 October 2017. Lisa Stewart, highly acclaimed illustrator, with a growing list of books to her name, will join Margaret Hamilton to present a one-day course on creating children’s picture books. A priceless opportunity for anyone, any level, who hankers to write or illustrate a picture book. here.


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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