This Saturday 24 April, at Queen Victoria Market

Our special 20% discount offer for picture books on the theme of War, conflict, refugees and asylum seekers continues this month in the lead up to
See our great range of books, discounted by 20% and related limited edtion prints 
Meet illustrator Anne Ryan 
This Saturday April 24, 11am to 1pm 
Books Ilustrated stand in 'L' Shed
at the Queen Victoria Market 

 Anne will be introducing and signing her new children’s picture book

written by lnda Ahmad Zahr, published by Ford Street Publishing.

 'I carry my home on my back.' 
Salih takes us with him on his journey from danger to freedom.
Told from a child’s perspective , with beautiful words and images,
this is a powerful story for both children and adults on the plight of Asylm seekers.
This new hard back picture book is now available for sale at $24.95
Anne Ryan has released two poignant images from  
as limited edition prints. 

These will be on display this Saturday at the market
and available through our website.
Salih's shell - $120.00 (unframed)
See the other print from Salih  here
Reading Australia's annual ANZAC Day booklist is now available.
It's a great resource and the units of work for Years 2 to 12
now have a permanent home on their website
Books Illustrated touring print exhibitions
Leigh Hobbs: Characters from the Drawing Board
Currently being shown at Grafton Library, NSW till May 30.

Leigh will be taking sessions and workshops April 26,27,28. Details.
 This exhibition takes a close look at some of Leigh Hobbs’ characters
and how he creates them - in particular,
Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken.
Some of his working drawings and his tools of trade
are exhibited including his dip pens and ink!

A range of Leigh's limited edition prints and originals are for sale here.
TURN the PAGE at Clunes Booktown!
The annually awaited Clunes Booktown event has, for this year,
a newly structured program over three weekends in May.

Booksings for sessions are now open here.
'Cosy on the Couch'

This original Bob Graham artwork is available to bid for
in an online auction to raise funds for IBBY Australia

Auction has just launched
Go for it!

See Details here

IBBY ( International Board on Books for Young People) is a non-profit
organisation to bring books and children together. Australia's IBBY was
founded more than fifty years ago. It is the only Australian children’s literature organisation that is a section of an international organisation. It has a unique role, promoting Australian authors and illustrators and their books at an international
level; and also working towards international understanding through quality
literature for young readers. Their many roles include nominating authors
and illustrators for the Hans Christian Andersen Awards.
For Illustrators 
The Australia Council's Audience Outlook Monitor tracked
the behaviours and sentiments of arts audiences over the course of
the COVID-19 pandemic with the aim to inform planning and decision-making
about reopening and programming into the future.

Graphic Storytellers at WorkCross-industry opportunities for cartoonists,
illustrators and comics-makers
 was commissioned by the Australia Council
and shows demand for graphic storytellers is growing, with 41% of those
surveyed reporting increasing demand for their skills. 
When a picture tells a thousand words – new research shows how
the skills of cartoonists, illustrators and comics-makers are being
applied to communicate ideas across a diverse range of industries
such as health and education. Read more
 Bologna Children's Book Fair 2021 goes digital

There is still a wealth of articles and on-line events
and sessions that are worth investigating.
Some sessions can be booked on demand to watch when it suits you.
eg. Memoirs of a Master: Mitsumasa Anno and
The Value of Words in Picture Books by Leonard S Marcus
Further details 
Mitsumasa Anno
Japanese creator of classic picture books including
Anno's Journey and Anno's Counting book.
Reading Australia playwriting competition
Entries Close 30 April 2021
This fabulous playwriting competition is being run by Reading Australia
in partnership with the Australian Children’s Laureate Foundation (ACLF).

 In honour of Ursula Dubosarsky’s second year as Laureate, students are
being challenged to write a scene of a play, inspired by her book,
Pierre’s Not There. 
You can find some of her other plays in copies of
The School Magazine or in The Boy who Could Fly and
other magical plays for children
, also written by Ursula.

 The competition is open to students in
Stage 3 (years 5/6) and Stage 4 (years 7/8). 
 There are  prizes, including book vouchers and books,
plus a virtual classroom visit from Ursula with the
chance to perform your winning scene.
Details Here

Hear Ursula talk about the competition
and her TOP TIPS on writing a scene in a play.
National Gallery Victoria
The NGV has announced that they are now accepting school and student
group bookings for self-guided visits to the NGV and The Ian Potter Centre.
 CBCA Awards and Book Week Theme for 2021


Book Week Dates:
Term 3: August 21-27

The theme artwork for this year has been created by Shaun Tan.
Materials are now ready for ordering.
Many branches around Australia are running events based on the shortlisted books.
Details for these and other useful information about children's books
and activities promoting reading can be found on the CBCA website. 
ABIA 2021

Longlists to be announced
on Wednesday 28 April 2021 

The winners of the Australian Book Industry Awards will be annnounced
at Carriageworks, Sydney, in association with Sydney Writers’ Festival.
The Australian Children's Laureate

April writing activity 

A new month means a new writing activity from your
Australian Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky!

This month it is:
It's the backwards way of writing April.
Try your hand at some backwards or mirror writing ...

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