Although we are not allowed visitors, Ann J's new letterbox diorama at the entrance to our showroom is being enjoyed by passers by. Due to the current 5km COVID restrictions in Melbourne, Goodbye House, Hello House has had many repeat readings as people go on their daily wanders!
Every few months Ann changes the scene, usually picture story book-based.
This one celebrates the joy of swinging on gates - a 3D version of one of her illustrations from Goodbye House, Hello House, written by Margaret Wild and published by Allen & Unwin.
She's used paperclay to make the figure, painted in gouache. The gate posts were picked up in the local golf course on a 5km walk with the dogs. The wire is wire.
The Ferriswheel was a fabulous find at our local SacredHeart OpShop.
Background painted in gouache on watercolour paper, cut and curved to fit the letterbox. Child and hat made with Paper Magiclay and painted with gouache.
Gate bent from old, rusty wire, fencing is fine wire with knots.
Fence posts are chunky sticks found amongst leaf litter under local trees.
Our letterbox is a fun way to connect with neighbours during lockdown!
We wish everyone well in this worrying time, not only in Australia of course,
but with so many places around the world dealing with difficult situations.
It is a time for reflection. Books and reading can play a vital role in this for adults and for children. In Australia we have a vibrant children's book industry supported by creators, publishers, booksellers, teachers and librarians and you.
This month we celebrate this with Chidren's Book Week (August 21 to 27)
and the announcement of the CBCA Book of the year Awards!
We send our congratulations to the creators of the winning, honour
and notable books in this year's CBCA Books of the Year Awards.
See details here
To find out more about the background of these awards and the history of the Children's Publishing Industry in Australia, we recommend this article written by Robyn Sheahan-Bright, recently published in Books and Publishing News
The 2021 Indigenous Literacy Day program celebrates the rich cultural
diversity of communities that are located in the heart of Australia,
the Torres Strait Islands, the Kimberley and the Tiwi Islands.
It captures the voice and hearts of children and Elders telling their
stories on Country, in beautiful books created in language,
in song, in story, and, most importantly, in language.
This free, virtual event will go live online from
9am Wednesday, 1 September.
Register to secure your virtual seat at ild.org.au.