Our Boroondara Bubble Book


Stories of how we got through lockdown in 2020
By children and families in Boroondara

In the time of coronavirus, there was … cooking, reading, riding and Zooming!

Our Boroondara Bubble Book was born through online workshops for children organised by Boroondara Library Service during the COVID-19 pandemic in mid-September 2020.

Published 2021

48 pages, paperback

ISBN: 978 1 925077 67 4

A partnership project between Boroondara Library Service and Kids’ Own Publishing.

The workshops where this book was created were run by Trace Balla, award-winning author of the comic-picture books Rivertime and Rockhopping. In fact, the whole idea was inspired by a bubble book Trace herself had created and published during the lockdown, called The Heart of the Bubble. Her book showed a family during this strange time discovering the things that really matter.

Through the screen, Trace inspired children and their families to create their own bubble stories by ‘mixing up’ pictures and words – showing the things that really mattered to them, their daily activities, their feelings and fantasies. Some are intricate narratives; some are captured moments – all collected here for readers, from very young to tween, to dip into. These bubble stories are a time capsule that captures their perspectives in a unique and extraordinary year, 2020. We hope it will inspire other young artists and writers to do the same.