Spring has Sprung!

Don't dilly or Dali or you'll miss these events early in September

• September 2 lndigenous Literacy Day  
• September 7 Nature Book Week 

Both highlight the importance of books for children  
especially in this year of years

Details in News section below
Self portrait by Jaq Grantford from her series,' All the Women l'll Never Know', oil on canvas

ln the uncertaintly, hardship and sadness of these strange times,
art continues to feed us with elements of surprise, joy and meaning.
Creators of children's books around Australia are a part of this.

Jaq Grantford, as well as being an illustrator of children's books, is a
fine artist celebrated nationally and internationally. Her portraits,
including the one above from a series of self portraits, are extraordinary! 
Find more about Jaq in 'Look at This!
on the INSPIRATION section of our new website

Don't miss the 'Stories about Stories'  feature focusing on the fascinating
background to creating To the Bridge, The Journey of Lennie and Ginger Mick,
the picture book written by Corinne Fenton and illustrated by Andrew McLean,
who is also our current feature illustrator on the website.

And coming soon is a section showcasing a range of Original Art for sale from Australian picture books. The works by eight illustrators, including our current
feature illustrator Andrew McLean and Bob Graham, Leigh Hobbs, Jane Tanner, Terry Denton, Stephen Michael King and Ann James -
from their classic and award winning books.  
New books - purchase here
New Prints - purchase here
See See Emma Quay's new prints
Baby Bedtime, written by Mem Fox, published by Puffin,  
My Sunbeam Baby written by Emma, published by HarperCollins
A great selection for spring and for Father's Day !

Click on images to go straight to the Books Illustrated Shop
 Feature Illustrator Andrew Mclean
A selection of Andrew's illustrations have been 
recently released as limited edition prints. See them here
 Books Illustrated Touring Exhibitions

Shaun Tan: The Art of Story -
Discovering The Lost Thing - Book to Film

showing at Gatakers Artspace in Maryborough Qld until September 19
(Temporary hours due to COVD 19 )

This exhibition, which has toured to Regional Galleries around Australia over
several years, is a fascinating insight into the creation of Shaun Tan’s book,
 The Lost Thing  and the multi-award-winning animation of the same name. 
The Exhibition features a range of original drawings, paintings and other
developmental work created by Shaun Tan for these two projects.

News For lllustrators
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.

                                     More information on Tohby Riddle 
New Major award for illustrators opens 1st September
The Society of Children's Book Writer's and Illustrators (SCBWI), with Copyright Agency funding, has launched this new award to support Australian illustrators.
Apart from substantial prize money, included in the award are two webinars by illustrators on their craft and how to prepare portfolios. An Illustrator Showcase of the best entires will go to publishers. Judges include three eminent Australian publishers and the US Art Director Laurent Linn, former creative director of Sesame Street and Art Director of Simon and Schuster USA. Information here.
Hiii Illustration 2020
Hiii Illustration 2020
, the 8th Hiii Illustration International Competition,
is now calling for entries. The competition opens to all illustrators, creative professionals, publishers, agencies, teachers and students worldwide,
aiming to discover and to award outstanding illustration talents and works
all over the world, in turn to advance the development of the illustration cause. Works that win Grand Prix, Jury Awards, Best of the Best
or Merit Awards will be published in the annual of Hiii Illustration. 
                                  Deadline for submissions Oct 31, 2020

An inspiring and engaging 45 minute online event
with ILF Ambassadors and long time supporter Archie Roach.

 YouTube Live Premiere, 12.30pm (AEST)

'Tune in and enjoy this fabulous event!  It 's for Everybody!
Kids, Families, Teachers, Dogs - Everybody. DON"T MISS IT!'
                                                                       ILF Ambassador, Ann James 

 Wilderness Society's Inaugural Nature Book Week 
Commencing on Threatened Species Day on 7 September
and culminating with the announcement of the winners of 
The 2020 Environment Award for Children’s Literature on September 10
this is will be a week of events and storytelling from Australia’s finest writers.  
More information 
Nature Book Week Ambassador, Rove McMannis ...
'To think there are people out there who are trying to, in a creative way, share the idea of how important it is to take care of our planet for the next generation,
I think is a really important thing, because that’s exactly what we are trying to do

Purchase these Shortlisted books from Books Illustrated
Explore your World : Weird,Wild, Amazing! written by Tim Flannery, illustrations by Sam Caldwell, published by Hardie Grant Egmont.
Fauna: Australia's most curious Creatures written & illustrated by Tania McCartney, published by National Library of Australia.
Wilam, A Birrarung Story, Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly ad Lisa Kennedy, Walker Books
One Tree, written by Chris Cheng, illustrated by Bruce Whatley, published by Penguin Books
The CBCA Book of the Year Awards announcement has
been postponed 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

NCACL launches First Nations children’s book resource

The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (NCACL) has produced a new, freely accessible database of children’s books by and about Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples.
Stage one, partially funded by the Commonwealth Department of Education, offers over 300 books for children up to and including 12 years of age. Each book is annotated and includes related resources with subjects, curriculum links and teaching notes.
A team of experts including First Nations and culturally diverse teachers, librarians, parents, professionals in early learning and childcare centres, publishers, editors, reviewers, booksellers, authors, illustrators, researchers and academics with knowledge of Australian children’s literature and literacy were involved in the selection the books for the database. A reference group and the NCACL project team provided leadership and guidance throughout.
NCACL says the resource, which is aimed at Indigenous and non-Indigenous parents, caregivers, home schooling groups, teachers, librarians and those working with young people in childcare centres, early learning centres, health and social services, will be ‘particularly useful to teachers addressing the Early Years Learning Framework and the Australian Curriculum, as well as those adults exploring creative writing and art with young people’.
The resource currently spans books published from 1974 to June 2020 and will be continuously updated. Books suitable for older children through to secondary school will be available in stage two, if funding can be sourced.
The Australian Book Designers Association  announce the winners of
the 2020 Australian Book Design Awards 
Chosen from shortlists announced in April, the winners in each category are:

 Best designed children’s illustrated book
·       Argh! There’s a Skeleton Inside You! (Idan Ben-Barak & Julian Frost, A&U)
designed by Julian Fros
Best designed children’s nonfiction illustrated book
·       The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Ugly Animals (Sami Bayly, Lothian)
designed by Daniel New & Astred Hicks, Design CherRY
Best designed children’s fiction book
·       Running with the Horses (Alison Lester, Puffin)
designed by Tony Palmer
Best designed young adult cover
·       How to Make Friends With the Dark (Kathleen Glasgow, HarperCollins)
designed by Allison Colpoys
Purchase these Award Winning books from Books Illustrated
The Australian Children's Laureate 
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 children’s literacy in Australia!

The theme for September Writing with Ursula is
Strides Across the floor 

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