Our new website is up and running!
We invite to you explore it while noting that there is still heaps more content to come.
It's all about picture books of course and we hope you'll enjoy the 'visual' presentation and be inspired by the INSPIRATION section which includes our regular Behind the Studio Door feature on illustrators' art practice. This month we have highlighted from the archives, the Behind the Studio Door with Shaun Tan, as we celebrate his Kate Greenaway Medal win. There are three other features in this INSPIRATION section: Stories about Stories, the backgound and process of the making of stories particularly picture books;  Illustration which aims to inspire those interested in illustration with snippets from anywhere in the world; and Look at This! which is just what it means!  We certainly hope you'll appreciate the upgraded operating system - a great improvement on our over 20 year old site! We've appreciated the creative work of our colleagues, web designer Sergio Fontana and graphic designer Lee Burgemeetre, in enabling us to achieve this upgrade.
Our new showroom is up and running
Recently, with the completion of our studio and showroom building and the easing of the COVID epidemic, we have been able to offer appointments of up to one hour to our showroom - to collect orders and view in person our selecton of books and prints. We regret that appointments will now not be possible until further notice. Please check our website for updates.
We feel so privileged, as Books Illustrated, to have been part of the picture book world in Australia for over 30 years and even more so now, as publishing in this area in Australia reaches new levels with creative approaches in text, Illustration and format as well as great diversity. This is demonstrated so well in books released this month including these below featured along with others in the Feature Books on the Home Page of our new website.
This wonderful handful of new picture books for young readers is a great example of the diversity of content and approaches in picture books publishing by Australian creators. Here are Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson and Lisa Kennedy's Respect (Magabala Books), a warm introduction for young children to Indigenous culture; Bob Graham's gentle wise classic story Ellie's Dragon (Walker Books) for the very young; Gus Gordons' Finding Francois (Penguin) for sophisticated young readers; Judith Rossell's clever Play with your Plate (Abrahams Applesea) for active toddlers; and Trace Balla's Landing with Wings (Allen & Unwin) connecting children with place and culture.
In My Blood it Runs
The critically-acclaimed documentary, In My Blood it Runs, premiered on ABC & IVIEW on July 5. This is a must see! 10 year-old Dujuan tells his story strongly. His connection to the history that runs straight into him. It's unmissable, and of course it underlines the fact black lives matter.
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
In the June issue of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation News, executive director Karen Williams highlighted the importance of the work of the ILF by referencing the quote by Angela Davis, American philosopher and academic:
'This moment holds possibilities for change that we have never before experienced.'  Karen went on to say,  'Education profoundly impacts a person's life and reading is the cornerstone of education. Our Foundation is proud to support families and communities in remote Australia to lead their own literacy journeys and to access books in their own language. This can bring them the universal joy we all experience when we read to our own children and grandchildren. Thanks to ILF, in some remote communities, children’s first experience of reading is in their own language. This is life changing. The ILF will publish it's 100 book in language this year!'
Support the work of the ILF
Great news of Indigenous publishing
The Sydney Morning Herald reported on the rise in the demand for books dealing with racism…
Indigenous publishing house Magabala Books experienced a spike in May and June as big months for online orders. Publisher Rachel Bin Salleh said the spike was part of a longer-term increase in interest in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander perspectives and stories. Ms Bin Salleh said that sales for Magabala books had increased by 360 per cent in the past five years.
'In terms of the future, we hope that the momentum is maintained and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander publishing continues to grow, prosper and infiltrate,' she said.
Our Feature Illustrator is Jane Tanner
Last month we celebrated the release of Jane Tanner's latest picture book, Girl from the Sea, written by Margaret Wild and published by Allen & Unwin. Jane has released of two limited edition prints of illustrations from this book, a lyrical masterpiece by two of Australia's finest children's book creators.

Take a look at our new website's Feature Illustrator and discover:
* More about Jane and Girl from the Sea, including a video of publisher,
Erica Wagner's reading inviting deeper engagement and interpretation.
* purchase signed copies of the book and prints

Books Illustrated Touring Exhibitions
The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition
Central Goldfields Art Gallery in Maryborough, Victoria, until 16 August 2020.

Free take away school holiday activities for kids with signed copies by Terry Denton of the Treehouse books to be won. 
The free activities can be accessed online.
Book your FREE ticket to secure your time to visit the exhibition here

lllustration lnspiration
Take a look at Illustration on our website's Inspiration page!
* Quentin Blake's set of free rainbow e-cards - A series of joyous e-cards ,
putting a rainbow-coloured spin on social distancing and self-isolation.

* We also recommend an article in the last edition of Magies Magazine
on Visual Storytelling through wordless picture books by M.H Alessandrino -
a subscription to this magazine is a must for children’s literature enthusiasts!
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.
Visualising Stories - July 4 to August 1
The Grace Cossington Smith Gallery presents an exhibition highlighting diverse approaches to contemporary children's book illustration. Liz Anelli, Lorena Carrington, Tannya Harricks, Bethany Macdonald and Aura Parker employ a range of artistic processes and mediums to respond to a text to create engaging stories. The techniques are diverse, including oil on linen, collage, printmaking techniques, photography, watercolour, coloured pencils and more.
Celebrating 80 Years of Puffin Books
Since 1940, millions of children around the world have grown-up dreaming of big friendly giants, magical wardrobes and spiders named Charlotte. They’ve imagined rivers of chocolate, green sheep and bunyips, dogs called Spot, and very hungry caterpillars. Puffin Books continue to produce quality books for children.

The Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year Awards Shortlist for 2020 has been announced. These awards aim 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. Books are awarded for "Best Book for Language and Literacy Development" in the following categories: Birth to 3 years; 3 to 5 years; 5 to 8 years; 8 to 10 years and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Authored Children's Book Award.

The full list can be seen here

Animology The Big Book of Letter Art Alphabeasts
Written and illustrated by Maree Coote, published by Melbourne Style, has been awarded the USA Indies Children’s Picture Books Award- Honorable Mention, 2019. Read about Maree Coote's previous ground-breaking picture book
Azaria: a true History

We are pleased to acknowledge those who received awards in the June Queen's Birthday Honours, and congratulate Karen Williams in particular who''s work has been so important to the development of the Australian Children's Book Industry. Karen, the executive director of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, received the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM), awarded for service worthy of particular recognition, for her service to Indigenous education through literacy programs. The ILF, this year will publish its 100th book in an Indigenous language. These books represent Indigenous culture, community and language as part of its community literacy projects.

In the June issue of the ILF News, Karen highlighted the importance of the work of the ILF in relation to the Black Lives Matters movement and invited donations to help advance their work.

Kids' Reading Guide Childrens and YA Book of the Year 2020 
This is an annual Australian Bookseller's Association award.
The winner is Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe (Magabala Books) 
Bruce Pascoe's response to the announcement at the online ABA conference can be viewed here.  Books are available for purchase here

Other titles on the shortist were -
Illustrated Encyclopaedia of Ugly Animals by Sami Bayly (Lothian Children's Books)
All The Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Lovlie (illus) (Hardie Grant Egmont)
Tiny Star by Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood (illus) (Puffin)
It Sounded Better In My Head by Nina Kenwood (Text Publishing)
Lunch at 10 Pomegranate Street by Felicita Sala (Scribble Kids Books
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.

The CBCA National Merchandise Sub-committee has been working with
Gwyn Perkins to create some free downloadable activities for this year's
CBCA Book Week. The theme: Curious Creatures, Wild Minds.
 More information
The Australian Children's Laureate
Our Laureate Ursula Dubosarsky shares her writing tips for July

Last month we jiggled, and now get ready to juggle!

When you write a story or a poem or a play or an essay or ANYTHING really, you actually have to do a lot of juggling. Not with balls or skittles like the clown in the circus, but with words, sentences and paragraphs. It's as though you have to throw them up in the air and see if you can catch them. If you drop them, or they fall on the floor, you have to pick them up and try all over again, until your sentence or your poem or your story sounds just right ... download this writing activity.

Download for free the fabulous double-sided
Laureate Calendar for 2020 & 2021!