With a State of emergency now declared for Victoria and the tight lockdown in Melbourne we send everyone everywhere positve thoughts and wishes.
We do have good News!
Since the begining of the COVID 19 pandemic, despite the uncertaintly, hardship and sadness there have been some positive social changes and many innovative initiatives.
Creators of children's books around Australia have found ways of sharing their work.

We hope you are enjoying our new website!

Our new 'Stories about Stories' feature on our website this month focuses on the fascinating background to the picture book To the Bridge, The Journey of Lennie and Ginger Mick, written by Corinne Fenton and illustrated by Andrew McLean, our current feature illustrator.

Victorian based author and Illustrator Trace Balla, well-know for her illustrated books, Rivertime, Rockhopping and Landing with Wings, has taken the initative of publishing her own book,The Heart of the Bubble : a story with 2020 vision set in the time of corona. This is a touching tale of a family's awakening to what really matters, set during the coronavirus pandemic.
Erica Wagner says "It has the feel of an urban fairytale - yet it's exactly what we're living through"
Trace's aim is to make the book as accessible as possible for families and schools with resources such as teacher's notes and activity sheets. details here
The number of resources, especially for families and schools dealing with home isolation, continues to grow, displaying diversity and ingenuity and very often the importance of books!

Check out -
The Children's Book Council of Australia - Their focus at this time of year is on the Shortlisted Books in the 2020 Book of the Year Awards, with age recommendations for books and added information and activities on each shortlisted book for use by teachers and parents.
Story Box Library, as well as continuing to showcase many Australian Books read by a range of Australians has now added a wealth of book-related information and ideas for parents and teachers to use with children, including activities that link to the CBCA shortlisted  books.
In working to extend story engagement, and to support teachers and librarians who have established new appreciations of digital learning resources they have introduced a list of suggested books for adults to read. They have especially chosen books about friendship and companionship to remind readers that stories can connect us all.
Families, schools and libraries can subscribe to access these resources. 

Copyright Agency Reading Australia continues to provide great book related resources related to the curriculum. A new focus is a selection of of recently published resources for books that explore connection to land and the environment, family relationships, and the concept of home. eg. The Rabbits  by John Marsden and Shaun Tan. This modern classic allegorically retells the story of the invasion of Australia, demonstrating the damaging effects of colonisation on both the Indigenous peoples and the environment.
Our Feature Illustrator is Andrew McLean
Andrew McLean Is one of Australia's most respected illustrators and has been working in the world of childrens books for many years. So many of the books he has illustrated are considered classics - many created with his wife Janet McLean - eg Hector & Maggie, Oh Kipper!, Cat's Whiskers and Dog Tales.

The most recent book he has illustrated, a classic in the making, is To the Bridge, The Journey of Lennie and Ginger Mick, written by Corinne Fenton and published by Walker Books.
Find out more about Andrew in More about Andrew 

In Stories about Stories , both Corinne and Andrew discuss creating this book together and Andrew explains his illustration process for this remarkable and true story. Find it on the Inspiration section on our website.

*purchase signed copies of the book

And for the first time, Andrew has chosen a selection of his illustrations to release as limited edition prints. See them here
Books Illustrated Touring Exhibitions
The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition
This exhibition was due to close on August 16, however with the new restrictions it has closed, so bookings are no longer available.

It's a shame as it been a great success, especially the three metre-long line drawing mural by Terry Denton that visitors to the exhibition are invited to add to. Only last week it was so full a new section had to be added by the gallery!
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Take a look at the INSPIRATION page on our website!
The new feature on
Stories about Stories 
*  The Journey of Lennie and Ginger Mick -   Andrew Mclean, our feature illustrator this month, and author Corinne Fenton, tell us about creating
this classic in the making, published by Walker Books, 2020 

* AZARIA, also featured on Stories about Stories, is the groundbreaking
picture book by Maree Coote, published by MelbourneStyle Books. 
August 17 will be the 40th anniversary of the disapearance of Azaria
that occurred at Uluru ans sparked one of the longest and
most devisive courtcases in Australia's history. 

* We also recommend an interview in the last edition of Magpies Magazine
with author/illustrator Judith Rossell. An insight into her motivation
and work including her latest picture book Pink!
A subscription to this magazine is a must for children's literature enthusiasts!
The Australian Society of Authors  (ASA) keep creators in touch with industry news. They recently reported that Walker Books have launched a new biannual initiative, Walker Wednesdays, where the publisher will accept unsolicited manuscripts on two days each year. The second day is 25 November, 2020. This initiative aims to 'strengthen their commitment to Australian publishing' and to find 'new, diverse voices to create Australian stories for Australian kids.'
ASA Online masterclass : Picture book Collaborations
Have you ever wondered how authors and illustrators collaborate to produce
award-winning picture books? Join Erica Wagner and Craig Smith 
for this full day course answering all author and illustrator questions
about putting together a picture book, and making it submission-ready.
Saturday 5 September
9.00am-4:30pm AEST
$195 members / $390 non-members
Picture books at Pinerolo - Saturday September 12
With award-winning author/illustrator Tohby Riddle and children's book publisher Margaret Hamilton. The program aims to provide mentorship on creating picture books. This can involve an existing project or a new idea for a picture book.
All ages and levels of experience welcome.
Little Treehouse Mini Series!
Coles has launched a new range of Little Treehouse book collectables
which are sure to be as popular as the supermarket's previous collections.
Twenty four different Little Treehouse books, available for free
every time a shopper spends $30 or more in store.
The new books have been created by
Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
and are based on popular characters from their Treehouse books series.

Signed books and prints are avaiable from The Treehouse series.
This year the announcemnet of he CBCA Book of the Year Awards has been postponed to to take place in Children' Book Week, from October 17 to 23.

This year’s CBCA Book Week designs by Gwyn Perkins
are colourful and quirky with great appeal to everyone.
Special 20% discount to CBCA VIC Branch members in 2020
for Orders placed through the Victorian Branch.
All Victorian Members will be receiving a special giveaway,
courtesy of the National CBCA.

 More information
lndigenous Literacy Day is on September 2

Support The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF)
by joining two incredibly engaging
and inspiring online events!!!!
Overseas news from the The House of Illustration in UK 

The House of Illustration will soon be evolving into the Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration: the world's largest public arts space dedicated to the art of illustration in all its forms. The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration will be home to exhibition galleries, education studios, events spaces and a shop and cafe, all set in half an acre of landscaped outdoor space in central London is due to open in autumn 2022. It will also become a permanent home for the archive of our founder, Sir Quentin Blake, after whom it will be named.

"It is going to be amazing." says Sir Quentin Blake
The winners were announced at the American Book Fest on July 22.

Congratulations to Anna Pignataro
who won the Childrens' Picture Book: Hard cover Fiction section with her book
The Heart of A Whale
published by Philomeel Books/Penguin Random House.
Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction.

 Over 400 winners and finalists were announced in over 90 categories.
Awards were presented for titles published in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
This year's contest yielded of over 2,000 entries from authors and publishers
around the world represent a phenomenal mix of books from a wide
array of publishers throughout the world.
The Australian Children's Laureate

Ursula Dubosarsky has been busy 'virtually' all around the country!  
Check out what's coming up next on the ACLF website.

The Second Australian Children's Laureate Summit
will be held on Tuesday March 16, 2021

Registrations are now open to be part of this
Second Australian Children's Laureate Summit
Make a difference to the world of childre's literacy in Australia!

A fire engine came creaming down the street,
all the sirens blaring, the red lights flashing! 
Aaaagh!" I said, and ambled out of the way.

Hmmm, something a little strange here... what is it?
Yes, it's that word. AMBLE