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A visit to Books Illustrated Showroom
Before the rush of Christmas and end of year celebrations set in
we invite you to spend a relaxed time in our showroom browsing our wonderful array
of picture books and picture book art – originals and limited edition prints by amazing creators from around Australia.

• Special sale prices !
• Tea and coffee, or a glass of sparkling Australian wine served !

Call or email and organise a time...
info@booksillustrated.com.au

+61 3 9534 7751 
 

Haven’t seen the Myer Christmas windows yet?

We are thrilled that this year the window decorations are based on our very own Australian picture book Little Dog and the Christmas Wish, published by Walker Books Australia.

Both author Corinne Fenton and illustrator Robin Cowcher  live in Melbourne, the city featured in this story… historically set in
the 1950’s.



This illustrated story is a wonderful tribute to the city and the spirit of Christmas!  Robin dropped in to Books Illustrated to bring her newly printed limited edition prints and gift cards (printed by Splitting Image). 


Little Dog and the Christmas Wish team at Federation Square Book Market 
Saturday Dec 12, 12noon to 3pm.

Both Corinne and Robin will join us at our stand, so it’s an opportunity to have a book signed personally and to chat about their experience of having this book the feature of the Myer Christmas window! 
Three limited edition prints and also greeting cards from the book will be on display and for sale.
Signed book
Signed book & gift cards set
Limited edition prints



'You are my lucky charm,'  the busker said  limited edition print 



'A heavy drip drop rain began to fall' limited edition print 
 
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Other December news...
Share a Story with The Australian Children’s Laureate – ACLA


Jackie French has almost completed her two-year appointment as Australian Children’s Laureate. We acknowledge her many great achievements during her term, and know she will continue to promote the importance of reading through her work and many projects - as do our previous laureates Alison Lester and Boori Pryor. An official and cheery afternon tea event was held recently at the National Library in Canberra to thank Jackie and celebrate her Laureateship.

The 2016/17 Australian Children’s Laureate will be announced on February 8.

You can read more about the Laureate program and how you can support it at www.childrenslaureate.org.au.


Ron Gorman, ACLA Chair and AISWA Depty Director, Jackie French, Australian Children's Laureate 2015-2016 and Ann James, ACLA founding board member and Books Illustrated Director at the Thank you Event at the National Library of Australia.  To see more photos from the event visit the Laureate Facebook page.

In support of the Laureate program, Shaun Tan has released a very limited edition print (of 53), an illustration from his picture book The Red Tree. There are only a few left so be quick to secure your print from this rare edition.

REMINDER The Red Tree special print - limited edition of 53.


 
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Australian book awards news!

Congratulations to all of the YA and Children's books shortlisted in the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, 2015
‪#PMLitAwards‬‬   -  Fantastic choices!

Young adult fiction
Are You Seeing Me? by Darren Groth (Random House Australia)
The Astrologer's Daughter by Rebecca Lim (Text Publishing)
The Minnow by Diana Sweeney (Text Publishing)
The Protected by Claire Zorn (University of Queensland Press)
Tigers on the Beach by Doug MacLeod (Penguin Books Australia)
#LoveOzYA

Children's fiction
My Dad is a Bear by Nicola Connelly and illustrated by Annie White (New Frontier)
My Two Blankets by Irena Kobald and illustrated by Freya Blackwood (Little Hare Books)
One Minute's Silence by David Metzenthen and illustrated by Michael Camilleri (Allen & Unwin)
Two Wolves by Tristan Bancks (Random House Australia)
Withering-by-Sea by Judith Rossell (HarperCollins Publishers)
Find out more about the 2015 shortlists here.


We were also excited to see that many of the picture books chosen were part of the 2014 & 2015 Hello! from Australia! promotional & rights exhibitions that travelled to Bologna, China and Korea.
 
Ann James in Armidale 

Ann James had a wonderfully busy time in Armidale, NSW recently, organised by a great team from the CBCA New England Branch and the New England Writers Centre.

Over 5 days she held sessions in 6 local schools; another two more remotely, in an on-line session from New England University; an adult illustration workshop; and launched Thre Dragons for Christmas, a lovely picture book written and illustrated by local creators and published by local Chrsitmas Press!

These inspiring pastel drawings were created in an illustration workshop by the brilliant kids at Minimbah Aboriginal Primary School.

Ann says, ‘Thank you Armidale! What a fabulous week we had together.'





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