There's something for everyone at Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts

Paper Bird, Children's Books & Arts

Fremantle's newest independent bookshop.

Paper Bird has found a nest among friends at the historic Moores Building, alongside the Moore Gallery and the Moore & Moore Cafe, on Henry Street. Close by to other independent bookshops, New Edition and Bill Campbell's Books, along with Notre Dame University, Paper Bird is helping create a literary precinct in the West End of Fremantle.

A dedicated story house has evolved around the bookshop with writers, story tellers & illustrators on hand, workshops, kids book clubs, animation screenings, book launches, and discussion panels in planning to make for a dynamic children's cultural hub. The children's specialist bookshop stocks quality books, focusing on Australian writers and illustrators, along with children's art supplies for budding illustrators. Indigenous stories are featured at Paper Bird with local writers and illustrators from Magabala Books and Fremantle Press having dedicated shelves. And we have weekly story telling under the beautiful tree in the courtyard.

Meet Paper Bird Residents:

Jennifer Jackson - Director of Paper Bird

Owner and operator of Paper Bird, Jennifer Jackson











Jennifer Jackson is the Director of Paper Bird Children's Books & Arts. Having worked in London, Perth and Melbourne in child mental health services and an avid visitor and supporter of children's literature and arts centres across the world, she has collected her ideas, vision and enthusiasm to create a story house for children in Fremantle where there is a wealth of local children's writers, illustrators and story tellers.

There is something for kids of all ages, right up to young adults. Grown ups are welcome too if they don't get in the way of the fun.  

Liliana Stafford 

Liliana has published 12 books, two of which have been published internationally.  She has won the Hoffman award and has been shortlisted for the WA Premier's Award and the Environment Award.  "Amelia Ellicott's Garden" was adapted into a play by La Luna Youth Arts in Townsville and received Honours in the 2001 CBC Awards in 2 categories.

Liliana has published 12 books, two of which have been published internationally.  She has won the Hoffman award and has been shortlisted for the WA Premier's Award and the Environment Award.  "Amelia Ellicott's Garden" was adapted into a play by La Luna Youth Arts in Townsville and received Honours in the 2001 CBC Awards in 2 categories. 

Samantha Hughes

Samantha Hughes is an illustrator and story teller.  She runs the Inkling Art Space at Paper Bird offering a wide range of art workshops.   Sam is also involved in the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators WA Branch as the Illustrator Coordinator.  

Briony Stewart


Briony Stewart is a writer and illustrator.  She is currently working on illustrations for a children's picture book.

Her first book Kumiko and the Dragon was published by University of Queensland Press after winning the inaugural Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival writing award. Inspired by Stewart's Japanese grandmother, Kumiko and the Dragon won the Aurealis Award for Best Children's Short Fiction, and was listed as a Notable book by the Children's Book Council of Australia in 2008. Two sequels, Kumiko and the Dragon's Secret (released in 2010) and Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers (released in 2011) completed the series as a trilogy. Both books continues Kumiko's fantasy adventure, with similar references to folktale and Japanese mythology. In 2012 Stewart's book Kumiko and the Shadow Catchers won in the Queensland Literary Awards Children's Book category. 


Miles Openshaw


Miles is a director, producer, artist and mentor with many years’ experience of working across a number of disciplines, in a variety of traditional and non-traditional settings and with many artists and non-professionals to produce creative work that inspires, challenges and entertains.

Miles holds a BA in English and Drama and an MA in Applied Theatre from Goldsmiths, University of London, and has trained with National Theatre (UK) and NIDA (Aus).

As well as being Artistic Director at Globe Town Project, which includes Story Lab, Miles is also Associate Director and co-founder of Green Shoes Arts CIC, a community arts organisation based in East London UK.

Rebecca Neman

Rebecca Newman is a children's book writer and editor of Alphabet Soup Magazine - for kids who love books and creative writing.  At Paper Bird Rebecca will be working on the completion of her first book for publication.

Sue Gawned

A paediatric speech pathologist with specialist background in developmental literacy for preschool children, Sue has developed a practice where she focuses primarily on books and play when working with children and parents.
Co-author of a guide for parents' "book-sharing" built on her clinical work over many years, she is wildly enthusiastic about sharing books with babies and toddlers!
Sue helps parents choose and use books to support late talking children to take risks joining in which they might not be confident to do in social conversation. 
Available for professional consultation and works at Paper Bird Children's Books and Arts in Fremantle, providing:

  • Consultation
  • Assessment and follow-up therapy
  • Parent book-sharing workshops - in K/G, ELC, libraries and at Paper Bird
  • Staff training for early learning educators       


Nina Fitch

Senior Occupational Therapist at Inside Out Occupational Therapy Group
evelopmental paediatrics and child and adolescent mental health.

Nina is the newest member of our team at Inside Out Occupational Therapy GroupNina is a highly motivated, enthusiastic and committed professional who develops and values positive and respectful relationships with children and their families. Nina has completed undergraduate and post graduate university qualifications in Occupational Therapy and post graduate qualifications in Early Childhood Education which has enabled her to develop particular strengths in understanding children’s development, the importance of developmentally appropriate and engaging ways for children to learn and the psycho-social issues of childhood. She has a strong understanding and passion for the need for early intervention for both physical and emotional difficulties that can assist a child reach their full potential and importantly develop a life long strong self of sense and self-belief.