November 8 to 15 -  An important week for Books & Reading

On Sunday, November 8 in Melbourne, we had an upbeat start to the week with
the announcement of futher relaxing of COVID lockdown restrictions 
and internationally, the results of the USA elections!

We'll be celebrating two special events this week. 

AUSTRALIA READS
The biggest book and reading campaign in Australia leads up to Australian Reading Hour on Wednesday November 11, 12.30pm AEST, recognising 
the importance of books and reading to our lives, culture and economy.

NAIDOC WEEK
November 8 to 15  recognises and promotes how Australia's First Nations peoples have occupied and cared for this continent for thousands of generations.
A strong and effective way to understand this is through books and stories.
 
            AUSTRALIA READS PROMOTION NOVEMBER 2 to 15

The Australia Reads campaign is supported by a range of industry bodies, including the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the Australian Society of Authors (ASA), the Australian Publishers Association (APA), the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and the Copyright Agency Limited (CAL).
Join The Reading Hour 12.30pm AEST on Wednesday, 11 November on it's YouTube channel. The main event will include Australia Reads Ambassadors Peter Helliar and Dervla McTiernan as well as authors Peter FitzSimons, Nikki Gemmell, Judy Nunn and Michael Robotham, among others. For more information and to make a reading pledge, visit the website.

The Australia Publishers Association recently reported:
'It's been a crazy year but some good news is that reading is up in our country'
Children's books have consistently lead this success!

The 130-Storey Treehouse, Andy Griffiths' and Terry Denton’s latest book in their Treehouse series, debuted in top spot on last week’s bestsellers chart.
The title is ahead of a couple of recent chart-toppers: Matthew Reilly’s 
The Two Lost Mountains and Trent Dalton’s All Our Shimmering Skies, which were in
second and third spot respectively.  No other new title cracked the top ten!
 Signed copies available $14.99
Limited edition print, The 130-Storey Treehouse cover
personally numbered and signed by Terry Denton $255
A range of fabulous new picture books continue to be released including ...
Dog, by Shaun Tan, a poetic and beautifully illustrated reflection on the relationship between dogs and humans. Dog is a stand-alone picture book of one of the most loved stories from the bestselling and internationally acclaimed Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan, winner of the 2020 Kate Greenaway medal.
                                   Signed copies of 'Dog' available $19.99
Limited edition print  - personally numbered and signed by Shaun Tan $220
NAIDOC WEEK November 8 - 15

Always Was, Always Will Be
Activities around this year's theme are planned all around Australia.
Information can be found on the NAIDOC website.

For educators in Victoria, a webinar on Wednesday 4 November, 4.00-5.00 pm
will explore the theme and to introduce to students with resources and
suggestions for activities suited to the Victorian Curriculum.
The National Gallery of Victoria NGV has many works across their collection that illustrate the unbroken relationship of First Nations Peoples to their land and waterways. Some great resources include a series of free online programs. These activity sheets are a creative way for young children to reflect
                         on identity and learn more about Indigenous culture.                                                                              
Books Illustrated celebrates NAIDOC week and Australian publishing of Indigenous authors, illustrators and story. 
We have a fabulous selection of illustrated books 
by Indigenous creators.
 


See more books on our website or visit our showroom by appointment.
Johnny Warrkatja Malibirr is a highly respected Yolgnu artist from North East Arnhem Land. In 2017 he was the inaugural recipient of the Kestin Award for Indigneous Illustrators. The award afforded him the opportunity to illustrate Little Bird's Day, written by Sally Morgan and published by Magabala Books. For this, his first book, Johnny was shortlisted for the CBCA  Award for New Illlustrators 2020             More about Johnny 
For sale now are two limited edition prints from Little Bird's Day 
Matching of a simple poetic text by Sally Morgan and striking paintings by Johnny makes for a book suitable for Babies and Toddlers - or any age.
Found
Written by Bruce Pascoe, illustrated by Charmaine Ledden-Lewis, 
published by Magabala Books, 2020
.

Charmaine Ledden-Lewis was the second recipient of
The Kestin Award for Indigenous Illustration.


A story for younger readers.
https://www.booksillustrated.com.au/shop/took-the-children-away/Took the Children Away
by Archie Roach

published by Allen & Unwin, 2020
Newly released picture book with illustrations by Ruby Hunter
A beautifully produced anniversary edition!
 News
IBBY Talk on Picture Books in languages other than English
IBBY (International Board on Books for Young) will present a talk on over 20 Picture Books in languages including French, Italian, Portuguese, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Dutch and more. Details of books discussed will be emailed to participants. 
The talk is aimed at readers of quality children's literature,
including teacher-librarians, librarians, teachers, lecturers, 
parents/grandparents, booksellers, publishers and critics. 
To register and receive the Zoom link please email IBBY.Australia@gmail.com
 by Friday 13 November
Awards
 2020 Whitley Award by the Royal Zoological Society of NSW
The Annual Whitley Award recognises the best publications that profile
the unique wildlife of the Australasian region. 

These books were winners in the children's book section:
Young Children's Reader - Australian Baby Animals by Frane Lessac
• Childrens' book -Windcatcher by Diane Jackson and CraigSmith, CSIRO Publishing
• Children's Educational -One Careless Night  by Cristiana Booth, Walker Books
• Children's Story - Searching for Cicadas by Leslie Gibbs and Judy Watson, Walker Books
• Conservation Awareness for Children - Jelly-Boy by Nicole Godwin & Christopher Neilsen
 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award 
Six Australian authors, illustrators and organisations have been announced
as candidates for the 2021 Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award,
the world’s richest prize for children’s literature.

The Australian candidates are:
Jeannie Baker
 Ursula Dubosarsky
Susanne Gervey
 The Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Margo Lanagan
Magabala Books.
The Australian Children's Laureate 
As the current Laureat Ursula Dubosarsky nears her halfway mark, the ACLF Board is calling for nominations for the 2022–2023 Australian Children’s Laureate.
People from the world of Australian children’s books – students, school and public librarians, authors, illustrators, educators, booksellers, publishers, children’s literature organisations, critics and readers - are invited to join the Laureate nomination process.
This is your chance to help the ACLF Board select the next national ambassador who will actively promote the transformational power of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians.
Your opinion is important to the future of Australian children’s literature.
                        Nomination criteria and nonomation forms here
Current Australian Children's Laureate, Ursula Dubosarsky,
has been busy all around the country!  

Check out what's coming up next on the ACLF website.

The theme for November Writing with Ursula
 is
November Nods

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