Autumn's begun with the changing of colours and the turning of leaves
and we have some fine new books and prints to introduce to you...
New books and prints in stock 
We were delighted to be at Ford Steet Publishing on Saturday Februrary 27 for the launch of two very different picture books. From the covers you can see how very different the stories are. In each, the illlustrations are key to the mood, pace and style of their story.  
We have signed copies available now of Frankie goes to Kindergarten, illustrated by Marjory Gardner and written by Peta Baxter and Connie Hemmens, and Salih, illustrated by Anne Ryan and written by Ahmad Zahri,.
As well as an opportunity to celebrate the great acheivement of writers, illustrators and the publishing team at Ford Street,the double launch was a special opportunity to catch up with so many people we haven't seen in person for such a long time - a strangely rare but very welcome experience! 
Anne Ryan has released two limited edition prints. 
Both very poignant images from the story of Salih
              Salih's Memories  - $120.00 (unframed) - see the other print here
New lllustrator on our website 
This month we welcome Lorena Carrington!
We were introduced to Lorena's illustrations firstly through an article on The Long Lost Fairy Tale Collection by Kate Forsyth, and then through French Fairy Tales retold by Sophie Masson. We now stock a number of books she has illustrated. She is a photographic illustrator and we find her collaging of images and textures using cyanotype (one of the earliest forms of photographic printing) quite magical. 
Lorena is published in Australia by Serenity Press, and internationally by Kane Miller (US) and Wydawnictwo Tadam (Poland). She exhibits regularly in galleries including the Stephen McLaughlan Gallery in Melbourne, Grace Cossington Smith Gallery in Sydney and The Art Vault in Mildura. Lorena presents at literary and arts festivals around Australia. ln 2020 she was the recipient of the Australian Fairy Tale Society award, for her “outstanding contribution to the field of Australian Fairy Tales.”
We invite you to look at Lorena's books and prints on our website
The Mother' Gift - $220 (unframed), one of four images available.
This month you can see more of Lorena Carrington's work in
an exhibition at the historic Buda Homestead in Castlemaine as part of
The Castlemaine State Festival, March 19 to April 14.

Lorena Carrington will be running workshops in cyanotype for children, teenagers an adults
during The Castlemaine Festival

• Children's workshop: Sat 20 March, 10am
• Teenager’s Workshop: Sat 20 March 1pm  
• Adult's Workshop: Sat 27 March, 2pm 



 March 7

Fish Creek Children's Literature Day
The Fish Creek Children’s Literature Day is part of the 2021 Prom Coast Festival
The program will showcase local author’s and illustrators including  Alison Lester, Jani Frith and Roland Harvey.
A program of creative story telling including illustration, circus, puppetry

March 17 

CBCA, Victorian Branch
The Clayton's ZOOM Night
This event is full of practical ideas for using these books in the classroom or library, along with the opportunity for collaboration and discussion.
March 13 to March 20

Somerset Storyfest
One of Australia's most enduring and innovative literary festivals on the Gold Coast

 March 16 
The Australian Children's Laureate Summit
 One Loud Voice 
Meet our Children’s Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky, take the opportunity to contribute to a discussion on the outcomes of the inaugural Laureate Summit, and join some interesting panel conversations.
March 19 to April 14

Castlemaine State Festival
Castlemaine State Festival, March 19 to April 14.
 March 20

SCBWI Vic at the  Docklands Library
The chance to meet industry professionals - to be motivated,
 inspired, network and, of course, have fun!

Click here to make your booking via
March 22

A Focus on Reading
Australian Children's Laureate Foundation (ACLF), in partnership with the
State Library of NSW, will deliver an exciting series about creativity and reading 
Three sessions across the day – Primary, Secondary, and one for adults.
Australian Children's Laureate, Ursula Dubosarky, will be joined by illustrator
Tohby Riddle for the Primary and Secondary school sessions, where
they will launch their exciting new picture book The March of the Ants.

For the final session, Ursula will be joined by Louise Park, author of 
7 Steps to Get Your Child Reading. The rich discussion between two experts
is an event not to be missed for teachers, teacher librarians and parents.
March 26 to March 28 

Melbourne Art Book Fair at NGV
Free entry
March 30

AAA/CBCA NSW Branch International Conference on Poetry 
This conference will be available on demand from 2021 as a totally pre-recorded online event which will include an online Trade Fair and Bookshop. 
The Curriculum focus is Poetry, with Libby Hathorn as guest Curator and Keynote speaker along with other Australian and International speakers
For a full description of the Conference and each session click here
Literary Speed Dating
The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) announce the publishers and agents who will be attending the Virtual Literary Speed Dating event on April 14 & 16:  
Find the list of attending publishers and agents here.
Literary Speed Dating gives you a unique three-minute opportunity to pitch
your completed manuscript directly to Australian publishers and agents. 

Bookings will open 15 March at 10am AEDT
National Gallery Victoria
Offers an excitong program for students and teachers. 
It features new exhibitions including the Triennial and the NGV Collection
with live virtual excursions hosted by NGV educators. These are available
for students of all levels across a range of subject areas.
 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 
 CBCA Awards and Book Week Theme for 2021
The theme artwork for this year has been created by Shaun Tan.
Materials are now ready for ordering.
Dates: Term 3: August 21-27

Congratulations to creators and publishers who had books
selected for the 2021 Notables List announced on Feb 23.

The next part of this year's awards in Victoria will be
The Clayton's ZOOM Night on March 17. 
This event is full of practical ideas for using these books in the library or classroom, along with the opportunity for collaboration and discussion.

Details for this and loads of useful information about children's books
and activities promoting reading can be found on the CBCA website. 
ABIA 2021 longlists announced
The longlists for the 2021 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs)
were announced on February 22.

The winners will be annnounced on Wednesday 28 April 2021 
at Carriageworks, Sydney, in association with Sydney Writers’ Festival.
The Australian Children's Laureate


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

This month it is:

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A Call to Support 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.

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