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    Spring has sprung ... even the chairs are sprouting growth at 74 Mills St!
       Our showroom is open by appointment - just give us a call: 0439 031 915

Many people sprang into action for Indigenous Literacy Day on September 6
The day was celebrated at the Opera House in Sydney. Ann James and ILF ambassadors including former Australian Children’s Laureate, Alison Lester, Justine Clarke and Andy Griffiths, attended this celebration which included the launch of The Goanna was Hungry. This book of illustrated stories was created by eight children from three very remote communities and two children from suburban Melbourne - and each read their story to the enthusiastic audience. They worked with Sally Morgan and Ann James at The Spinifex Writers Camp at Tjunjunjarra (WA) in 2015. It is now an annual event organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). See below the clever mob with Quentin Bryce, ILF Patron, who launched their book!


 Booksellers from around Australia supported the day with a percentage of their sales going to fund books being purchased for ILF programs in remote Indigenous communities.
The aim of the ILF is to work towards raising the literacy levels of Indigenous Australians living in remote communities through three core programs:
1. The Book Supply program will have supplies 50,000 books to approximately 250 communities by the end of this year. 
2. The Book Buzz program supplies culturally and developmentally appropriate books and First language translations for babies and toddlers in remote communities. 
3. The Community Literacy Projects see Australian authors and ILF ambassadors team up with major publishers and students from remote communities to write and publish books in English and First languages. 
Find out more about the work of the ILF and how you can be involved.

SPRING INTO ACTION to protect our AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY
Our Australian Book Industry supports wonderful projects and actively promotes our booming Australian book industry and its creators.
BUT you should be aware that it's very foundations are being threatened!

Support the Australian Book Industry - 
Spring into action by September 23!
The Australia Government is about to make significant changes to copyright that will result in fewer Australian publishers, booksellers and authors. If you value our Australian Book industry and quality Australian stories.
Visit
www.bookscreateaustralia.com.au and please sign the petition.

 

Federation Square Book Market
Saturday September 24

Craig Smith

Illustrator Craig Smith will be drawing on the big screen at Fed Square between 12 noon and 3pm.
Craig is a prolific illustrator on the Australian scene with many well known and award winning titles including,
Billy the Punk, Tough Lester, Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, Heather Fell in the Water,The Big Ball of String, The Windy Farm, Dr Frankenstein's other Montser, I was only Nineteen, Remarkable Rexy and recently,  Chooks in Dinner Suits. 

This is a chance to have a chat with Craig and have some books personally signed.

Craig's latest book with author Paul Jennings, The Unforgettable What's his Name (Allen & Unwin), is due to be published in November  ... you may be lucky to get a sneek preview of some of his illustrations for this new book when you visit Fed Square this weekend!.
View Craig Smith's signed books and illustrations on Books Illustrated.

 
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Books Illustrated touring exhibitions
Exhibition: The Many Story Treehouse 
Dates: Sept 6 to Oct 28, 2016
Venue: Childers Art Space at Bundaberg Regional Gallery in Qld

An interactive exhibition from the illustrator's point of view, showing how Terry Denton develops the illustrations for the Treehouse series. The exhibition includes all the original cover illustrations - plus  the one from the latest book, The 78-Storey Treehouse.

Limited edition prints of all the cover images are available for sale 
More information on this touring exhibition
Beach scene from The Lost Thing 
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Exhibition  
Choose your Own Adventure - four exhibitions on the art of the book - including   
Shaun Tan's The Art of Story - Discovering The Lost Thing - Book to Film 
Dates: Sept 9 to October 30, 2016
Venue: Hawsksbury Regional Gallery, NSW

Limited edtion prints and signed books by Shaun Tan are available for sale
New Signed Books and Limited Edition Giclee Prints

New prints are available by Sydney artist and illustrator, Sadami Konchi,
from Moon, written by Matt Zurbo and published by Windy Hollow Books.

Both these beautiful Giclee prints are in editions of 20 at $120 each.

Signed books of Moon are also available - $25.99

 
Moon and Owl
Misty Forest
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Illustration Inspiration

A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, Walker Books 
A beautiful, poignant and timely manifesto for the myriad rewards of reading and sharing the enjoyment of stories.
Oliver's art is combined with Sam's typographical landscapes - beautifully shaped from excerpts of children's classics and lullabies - to create a celebration of books and to encourage readers of all ages to have an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that they will want to pass on to others.
Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston talk about their collaboration on this book 


 
Other September events and awards
Australian Picture Book Illustration Exhibitions at two venues 

Customs House gallery presents two exhibitions running through September to October 2
•  Draw me a Story features illustrations by 16 artists including Ritva Voutila. 
At Blarney Books and Art - 37 James St Port Fairy, Victoria
Draw me a Story features illustrations by Craig Smith from Chooks in Dinner Suits.
At Customs House gallery - 85 Dawson St, Hawkesdale Vic
Customs House Gallery
                                           New UK prize for illustration

 The winner of the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prize was announced on September 6.

Similar to the Crichton Award (established by the Children's Book Council of Australia), the Klaus Flugge Prize is for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration in the UK. The inaugural winner is Nicholas John Frith with his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books), about a spectacled bear and his noisy best friend.


‘The shortlist featured six skilful and talented illustrators but Hector and Hummingbird is something very special’ said Chris Riddel, UK Children’s Laureate and one of the judges for this new prize. In his acceptance speech Nicholas named mid-century illustrators Dahlov Ipcar and Roger Duvoisin as important influences. Like them, Frith used a demanding technique known as pre-separation, creating separate pieces of art for each colour used in the book. The result is illustration that feels both nostalgic and thoroughly contemporary.


The Klaus Flugge Prize,was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge, a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press.

And at Illustration House in UK - a new exhibition opens September 23 at Illustration House
Ardizzone: A Retrospective
It's the first major show of Edward Ardizzone's work for over 40 years. One of the most significant illustrators of the 20th century, Ardizzone's wide-ranging output spanned children's books, literary classics, war illustration and much more. If anyone is lucky enough to visit, please take some photos and share them with us!
 
 
The Australian children's picture book classic, Animalia by Graeme Base, celebrates it's 30th anniversary this month.
A special new edition has been released - with poster included.
Limited Edition prints and signed copies available 

Also Books Illustrated print exhibition for hire
Lazy Lions Lounging in the Local Library - suitable for schools and libraries  
 
Mr Chicken may have arrived in Rome, but Mr Chicken Limited Edfition prints and signed copies of all Leigh Hobbs books are available for sale here in Australia!
SWAP A STORY IN SEPTEMBER with the Australian Children's Laureate

Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs' It’s your story Calendar theme for September is Swap a Story.
Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions, books  and ideas. 
 
 
Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Literature Alliance (ACLA) and the Australian Children's Laureate Program
We also support The Australian Copyright Agency's (CA) Reading Australia Program
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