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 We are looking forward to welcoming in another phase of this New Year
with the Lunar New Year celebrations beginning on February 16. 
2018 is Year of the Dog, and although we may not know a great deal about the  Chinese Zodiac, we are more than happy to celebrate some great
'dog' books and illustrations that have been created.

You are invited to our Dog Day Afternoon, Saturday February 17
Meet artist Maggie Dannatt from 2pm to 5pm
She will be creating quick dog portraits ($25)
Bring photos or dogs! 
Maggie is an illustrator as well as a portrait artist, who has recently established
a business specialising in pet portraits http://maggiedannatt.com/pet-portraits.
Maggie says
I am an animal lover who has owned pets most of my life. I understand how important pets are in ours lives and acknowledge their individual personalities. Animals all have their own character and bring a very special source of joy and companionship into our lives. I take pride in aiming to capture their unique character and creating for you a high quality piece of art that will last a lifetime.
Patrick, our resident Books Illustrated dog, would like to share his favourite picks of dog related books, limited edition prints and original illustrations available for sale from his very own establishment …a few examples are here to whet your appetite.
                        For a longer list click here or visit our showroom.
Original illustration by Bob Graham from The Trouble with Dogs 
published by Walker Books
Title: They all gazed at Rosie 
Size: 500mm (w) x 320mm (t) 
Price: $1,400
    Giclee print from Sad the Dog $75                     Book My Dog Socks  $24.99

We are refocussing our buisness to stock books that link with illustration we promote and sell. So we are able to offer wide range of books - both hardback and paperbacks - for sale at bargain prices.
Books are on display in our showroom
or we are happy to arrange diplays at schools and libraries.


New Prints 

Six giclee prints in editions of 20, by Anne Spudvilas from Swan Lake
published by Allen & Unwin, 2017
The background to the retelling of this classic story is summarized wonderfully on the Allen & Unwin website -
A magnificent visual retelling of the classic ballet story from a much-loved, award-winning illustrator.
'Anne Spudvilas is one of Australia's most talented visual artists. Her illustrations are full of emotion and beauty. Anne's Swan Lake is simply enchanting and sublime!' Li Cunxin, author of Mao's Last Dancer and Artistic Director, Queensland Ballet 
Anne Spudvilas is a multi-award-winning illustrator of children's books and an established portrait painter and printmaker. Her first picture book, The Race by Christobel Mattingley, was awarded the Crichton Award for Illustration and was a CBCA Honour Book. Her bestselling books include The Peasant Prince by Li Cunxin, which won the NSW and Queensland Premiers' Awards in 2008, andJenny Angel by Margaret Wild, which was CBCA Picture Book of the Year in 2000. Anne's move to the Murray River has inspired her latest book, an illustrated retelling of the classic ballet story Swan Lake. She lives in Wentworth, where the Murray and Darling rivers meet, surrounded by birds and river red gums.

          Title: The Palace is ablaze - $350                             Title:  They danced until dawn - $350
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Books Illustrated touring exhibitions

In this, the last year of the anniversary of ANZAC celebrations, don’t miss the opportunity to HIRE our two feature exhibitions  details on website

• ANZAC ILLUSTRATED -Original illustration exhibition - for galleries
  37 illustrations - features work by Mark Wilson and 12 other illustrators.
ANZAC ILLUSTRATED Print exhibition - for schools & Libraries
24 mounted limited edition prints from well known Australian picture books on the theme of ANZAC & war.
Other February events and awards
February 12
New Australian Children's Laureate Announced -
 Morris Gleitzman!

Morris Gleitzman is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-2019.
The theme for his two-year term will be Stories Make Us – Stories Create Our Future.
For more than 30 years Morris Gleitzman has written celebrated books for young people – sometimes serious, sometimes funny and sometimes confronting. His titles include Two Weeks With the QueenBoy OverboardToad Rage and the acclaimed ‘Felix’ series beginning with Once. His books are published in more than 20 countries.

The official presentation will be at the State Library of NSW on February 15.
Keep up to date with all this exciting news on the Laureate website! 
February 14 Library Lovers' Day
This Day will be launched at the Parliamentary Friends of Australian Books and Writers event at Parliament House on  February 13.
Take a look at some ideas on how to celebrate Library Lovers' Day and be inspired!
February 17  SCBWI EVENT 
The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators is an international professional organisation for writers and illustrators of children's literature. Chapters of the organisation around Australia hold regular events to support Australia creators.
The Victorian event on February 17 is billed for it’s members ‘to get your creative juices flowing’
Guest speakers include author Neridah McMullin, illustrator Liz Anelli and website designer & blogger Jin Wang.
February 27 - Night of the Notables
The first event to kick off the 2018 Book of the Year Awards celebrations is the Night of The Notables. The Victorian event will be held this year at the Melbourne Polytechnic on Tuesday February 27, 6pm. email vic@cbca.org.au for bookings.

REIMAGINE! New Ways With Literature
Bookings are now open for the CBCA Vic State Conference, which will be held on 19th May 2018 at Deakin University - Geelong - Waterfront Campus.

The exciting line up of writers and illustrators are now confirmed. We encourage everyone in the children’s book world to take advantage of the opportunity to engage with creators, publishers and practitioners to ‘Reimagine'.
With a moderate registration fee, excellent hospitality and take home resources, why not take advantage of the early bird registrations, which are now open!

More informaton on the conference website
In February an exhibition of Mark Wilson's illustration commences in the main gallery. Dromkeen Homestead, 1012 Kilmore Rd, Riddells Creek Victoria.
A launch of Mark's new book will be held on Sunday March 11.
                               www.dromkeen.com.au for further details.

The Australian Children's Laureate Program
The Stories Make Us calendar is launched !
This Calendar created by Morris Gleitzman and illustrated by Andrew Weldon, is a fun project for everyone – children, parents, teachers, booksellers, librarians and more. 
There is a different theme for every month to inspire your story adventures!

Young people need stories more than ever. Stories to delight, stories to beguile,stories to inspire, stories to move deeply. 
Morris Gleitzman Australian Childrens' Laureate 2018 -19

Every month you can find book lists, activity ideas and educational resources relevant to that month's theme on the Children's Laureate website and sign up to a newsletter to get these resources in your inbox every month.

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