This month summer continues so we're introducing some cool books and prints!
In the final freeze of an Antarctic winter,
green tails wave across a star-full sky,
as if to farewell endless nights.
If this world looks empty, look closer ...

Iceberg, written by Claire Saxby, illustrated by Jess Racklyeft and published by
Allen & Unwin is a stunning, lyrical portrayal of the life cycle of an iceberg:
born into spring and travelling through the seasons, before dying in a new spring. 

This is the first collaboration between these two picture book creators and the result is a fabulous example of  nonfiction narrative - inviting the reader to get a sense of the animals and place through story. The pace is set by the choice and the rhythm of the words and the space left for the illustrations to develop and enrich the story. With an iceberg as the main character, this book was a challenge for Claire and Jess.
We think you'll find the Stories about Stories featuring Iceberg, which we've complied
for our website, absolutely fascinating. click here.
Teachers Notes are also available from the Allen & Unwin website. Click here.
Two images from Iceberg are now available as Limited Edition Giclee prints - personally signed and numbered by Jess Racklyeft.
Shaun Tan Print exhibition at Melton Library Hub until March 2, 2021

Never be Late for a Parade is the title of Books Illustrated's touring print exhibition currently showing at Melton Library and learning Hub, Melbourne.

The title image is from Shaun Tan's book, Rules of Summer.
The exhibtion features over 20 prints from Shaun Tan's many books
showcasing his variety of narrative styles, illustration approaches and techniques.
Teachers Notes
The Copyright Agency's Reading Australia provides teachers notes on Rules of Summer
and other books by the multi-award-winning works of Shaun Tan
designed to link in with the Australian Curriculum.

The range of Shaun Tan's books and prints all personally signed
by Shaun can be seen on our website here
                               Call for Authors and Illustrators
Australia Reads campaign call for book ambassadors

As well as the Australian Reading Hour to be held this year on Thursday September 16, Australia Reads will now focus on championing reading and book industry events all year round to  'grow the number of partners we have, and ensure our message reaches all Australians, wherever they may shop, travel, work or play ' says Hachette Australia CEO and chair of the Australia Reads committee Louise Sherwin-Stark. The campaign is calling for expressions of interest from authors interested in becoming one of four book ambassadors for the event in 2021.
For further information, publishers, authors or their agents
should contact Australia Reads.
Book resources for parents and teachers
                                                  From Reading Australia
The new resources for 2021 support a variety of texts. Primary teachers might be interested in the giveaway with a leading education publisher.
The children's picture book they have chosen to feature to start the
year with is a favourite of ours ... Mr Chicken All Over Australia
We have signed copies of the book available for sale through our website ... and you can check out the Leigh Hobb's range of prints
State Library Victoria Summer activities
For the month of February, beanbags and umbrellas adorn the lawns of
the Swanston Street SLV forecourt, the perfect city oasis for a coffee and
a summer read. There will be weekend-long, family-friendly festivals over
February 6-7 and 20-21, where kids can get involved with workshops,
roving performances, face painting, and coffee and ice-cream carts.
National Gallery Victoria
For the new school year, offers an excitong program for students and teachers - featureing new exhibitions including the Triennial and the NGV Collection with
live virtual excursions which are hosted by NGV educators and available
for students of all levels across a range of subject areas.
Perth Literature Festival ‘Literature & Ideas’ 8 to 28 February
A stellar line up of guests including Australians Julia Gillard, Kate Grenville,
Shaun Tan and Craig Silvey and a big family day at the Perth Zoo.  Details
online celebration details
Night of the Notables, Tuesday 23rd February, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.
Which titles published in 2020 will be on CBCA’s Notable List?'
Clayton’s Night, Tuesday 2nd March, 2021 from 6:00 p.m.
A celebration of Australian literature. An event where Guest Speakers/Judges nominate their personal favourites for 2020 with no correspondence with the official CBCA judges.The name “Clayton’s” dates back to 1970s - it’s “the announcement night you have when you don’t have an announcement night”.
Miffy exhibition in Australia!
On at the QUT Art Museum until March 14 2021

Information on the exhibition from the Museum ...
Miffy, or nijntje (little bunny) has captivated children and adults alike for 65 years. First conceived by illustrator Dick Bruna (1927–2017) as a bedtime story for his
son, Miffy has evolved into a globally recognised and much-loved character.
A deceptively unassuming figure, Miffy's outward simplicity belies a legacy
grounded in the 20th century avant-garde–abstractionism, colour theory and
De Stjil–and owes a debt of influence to the likes of Matisse, Léger and Mondrian. Miffy embodies a universal language of minimalism, expressing a myriad of
emotions and subtle nuances that can be understood across generations and cultural milieus. miffy & friends pairs original Bruna drawings and illustrations
with early book covers and posters, through to the iconic figure of Miffy. The exhibition celebrates Bruna's underlying philosophy of allowing room for the imagination,and introduces the influence of Miffy on the work of seven
contemporary Australian artists. It teases out concepts that Bruna and other
artists have grappled with over the ages, including colour, line and form, and
brings these ideas to audiences to instill a love of art, as Bruna did over his lifetime.

  IBBY 2019  Silent Books Collection
Now on Exhibition at the State Library of Queensland till March 2021-02-03
You can see an overview of the exhibition and hear Illustrators Jeannie Baker
and Armin Greder speak at the 2019 launch of the exhibition on Youtube
 Bologna Children's Book Fair moves to June 2021
The Bologna Children’s Book Fair has changed its dates
for this year’s fair from April to June 14-17, 2021.

As well as a program geared more with al fresco meetings, the organisers have
announced a new extension, 'Bologna Book Plus' which will offer 'a global stage 
to debate the hot topics that have become more relevant due to the pandemic.'
Further details 
Me and UooUoo: Anniversary art trail
continues around venues in Victoria until 20 March 2021
Gasworks Arts Park in Port Melbourne, invites you to come and take a selfie with "Uoodinoo" their resident Uoo-Uoo sculpture. UooUoo (pronounced you-you) was created by award-winning Melbourne artist Alexander Knox. It’s an imaginary Australian creature inspired by the wombat and dugong, and is highly empathetic, playful and brave.
Australia Day Honours

 Among the Order of Australia honours announced this year is
Dr. Robyn Sheahan-Bright AM, awarded the honour for her 
'significant serviceto children's literature and to the promotion of reading.' 
We extend our warmest congratulations to Robyn, our friend and colleague.
A highly respected and recognised member of the Australian children's
literature community as academic, writer, editor and  publisher,
Robyn's long and distinguished career includes significant roles in
many organisations currently including IBBY and ACLF. Great news!
We also extend our congratulations to other recipients in the industry. 
 CBCA Awards and Book Week Theme for 2021
The theme artwork for this year has been created by Shaun Tan.
 (A sneak preview can be seen here)

Shaun's Book Cicada was winner of the 2019 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award.
          Limited Edition print and signed copies of Cicada are available here
The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards, 2021

A Call for Submissions

Now in it's eighteenth year, the Award aims to promote children's books as literacy tools, as well as raising awareness of the role of speech pathologists play in helping children develop language and literacy skills. Submissions to all Ausralian Children's Book publishers and their authors and illustrators are now open.
Further details 
The Australian Children's Laureate
In her second year of her term as Australian Children’s Laureate,
author, Ursula Dubosarsky has prepared an exciting new set of
writing activities to enjoy throughout 2021.

If you look at the Laureate Calendar for 2021, created by Tohby Riddle,
you will see a wonderful imaginary Children’s Library. Each window has a flag,
and each flag has a month of the year written on it – but written in a different
way to what we are used to. Your challenge each month is to crack the code!

This first one is available now on the website :  
‘Wht hppened to Fbrry!??

To download, or revisit any of the 2020 activities, head to the ACLF website.
A Call for support for the Australia Children's Laureate Program
A Matched Funding Campaign was launched on January 27, 2021
.Every dollar raised between then and the second Laureate Summit
on 16 March 2021, will be matched with another dollar
donated to the Australian Children's Laureate Foundation.

 Donate Here
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