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Our Indigenous focus continues this month as we report on the recent visit Ann James and Laureate Leigh Hobbs made to the Nyikina Mangala Community School in the West Kimberley, Westren Australia. This great oportunity for them both to be part of a creative interaction with kids and staff through art and story was organised by the Association of Independent Schools in Western Australia (AISWA). Evertone had a ball. Their illustrated report will soon be up on www.childrenslaureate.org.au.

The Palya Art Gallery has just opened around the corner from us at 399 Clarendon Street, South Melbourne. Brilliant and diverse works - paintings and sculpture - it'll knock your socks off ! Tram no.12 www.palya.com.au
NAIDOC Week runs from July 2 to July 9. Its theme, Our Languages Matterfocuses us to learn more about the importance of Indigenous languages in cultural identity, linking people to their land and water and by transmitting the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander history, spirituality and rites through story and song.
We are always grateful to our local  Port Phillip Citizens for Reconciliation who keep us informed about events and ways to be involved and learn more, and there are so many opportunities for us to do this during NAIDOC week this year!
It's worth checking out what's on all around Australia in the local NAIDOC week events calendar

We have quite a collection of books by Indigenous creators - picture books in particular - along with some stunning limited edition prints. Visitors are welcome to our showroom to browse and purchase.
Federation Square Book Market

Watch illustrators at work and have a book personally signed.

Our guest illustrators for July are promoting their stunning new picture books. New Limited edition prints from these books will be launched on the day they present at the Federation Square Book Market.
 

 

Saturday July 8 - Karen Briggs
2pm to 5pm 


A highly recognised designer and artist working from Adelaide, Karen now also illustrates picture books. 
She is a decendant of the Yarta Yorta people whose ancestral homeland radiates from the junction of the Goulburn amd Murray Rivers in north east Victoria.
Her first book Kick with my left Foot , written by Paul Sedden published by Allen & Unwin in 2015, was shortisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia's (CBCA) Crichton Award for new illustrators.

Karen's new book, The Rabbit-Hole Golf Course, written by Ella Mulvey and published by Allen & Unwin was officially released on July 1. 
This is a warm, funny story, with a fantastic rhythmic read-aloud text: 'In the big old ute, on the long red road, in the desert of my home, we all set off for the rabbit-hole golf course. Our legs bump and our digging sticks click.'  It's based on the real-life experiences of the author who spent part of her childhood in the desert in Ernabella, or Pukatja, an Indigenous community 30 km south of the Northern Territory border.

Karen Briggs’ bold, child-centred illustrations are packed with the warm desert colours of outback Australia and lively activity of the Aunties and kids. They link beautifully with Ella Mulvey’s text, highlighting the sounds and sights of the desert and her playful rhythms. ‘Bump click, Thump tick, Shake hop,Pinch pop, Dig tap, Swing clap.' It's perfect for preschool story time and leads naturally to word and musical play and fun with nature.

There is a dedicated page on the Allen & Unwin website that has more details of the book - link here.

If you can'y make it to meet Karen at Federation Square you can order a signed copy of the book here - $24.99
 
Saturday July 15 - Jane Tanner
2pm to 5pm


Jane is a renowned illustrator with many award-winning books over her long creative career which include, There's a sea in my Bedroom , Drac &the Gremlin, The Wolf  and, most recently,The Soldier's Gift. She is both author and illustrator of PlaymatesIsabella's SecretRide with MeJust JackLove from Grandma and Lily and the Fairy House. Jane's books have won or been shortlisted for many prestigious awards, including the CBCA Book of the Year Awards in the categories of Picture Book of the Year, Younger Readers and Early Childhood.
 

Jane's latest book, Storm Whale, written by Sarah Brennan and published by Allen & Unwin, was released in June.
It is a captivating and beautifully illustrated story about three sisters who find a stranded whale on the beach. The powerful, poetic text, is wonderful to read aloud, and Jane's illustrations full of life and emotion. Storm Whale celebrates the majesty and vulnerability of nature and our place in it. More information from Allen & Unwin
Order a signed copy here - $24.99

Books Illustrated Touring Exhibitions

Several of our touring exhibitions are still out and about in regional galleries and libraries around the country and some are due to close soon. 
In Victoria, The Many Story Treehouse exhibition finishes at Hamilton Gallery on July 16. This has been showing in tandem with an exhibition of work by Trace Bella from her fabulous book Rockhopping.

You can catch Terry Denton at the gallery for a fun filled session at 10.30am on Wednesday July 12 & Thursday July 13 - you'll need to check if places are still available! ph: 03 5573 0460
Leigh Hobbs: Charcters from the drawing board
A new Books Illustrated print exhibition suitable for libraries and schools.
This exhibition has recently been curated to support the Laureate Leigh Hobbs' tour of LINC libraries in  Tasmania. After the Tasmanian tour finishes in September it will be available for hire - check details here
 
Illustration Inspiration

A portrait in pastel of his Grandfather by Marvin, a student at the Nyikina Mangala Community School.
Other July Events and Awards ...
Congratulations to all creators and publishers who have had books shortlisted in the 2017 Environment Award for Children's Literature ... some wonderful books are represented in this list!

Picture fiction: Circle by Jeannie Baker, Walker Books; The Cassowary’s Gift by Pam Skadins and Kathryn Lovejoy, Little Steps Publishing; Echidnas Can’t Cuddle by Nieta Manser and Lauren Merrick, Little Steps Publishing and Chooks in Dinner Suits by Diane Jackson Hill and Craig Smith, Museum Victoria Publishing
 
Non-fiction
Amazing Animals of Australia’s National Parks by Gina M. Newton, National Library of Australia publishing; Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy, Black Dog Books and Desert Lake by Pamela Freeman and Liz Anelli, Walker Books
 
Fiction
Red-tail Recovery by Emma Homes, self pubished: Rainforest Camp: Juliet Nearly a Vet by Rebecca Johnson, Puffin Books and Squishy Taylor and the Tunnel of Doom by Ailsa Wild and Ben Wood, Hardie Grant Egmont.
IMAGINE IF ... an exhibition from the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature (NCACL)
Monday 10 July through Wednesday 30 August
Clive Price Suite, Building 1, University of Canberra

Forty original artworks from the never-seen-before CBCA Children's Book Week collection as well as jewels from our Centre including Kerry Argent, Graeme Base, Freya Blackwood, Ron Brooks, Neil Curtis, Kylie Dunstan, Vivienne Goodman, Peter Gouldthorpe, Bob Graham, Brian Harrison-Lever, Elizabeth Honey, Patricia Mullins, Narelle Oliver, Matt Ottley, Gregory Rogers, Shaun Tan and Jane Tanner

An extra enticement of this exhibition is that Bob Graham has offered his promotional image for sale in support of the NCACL.The finished size of this artwork is A3 and is unframed. It will be showcased at Imagine if … Raffle tickets are $5 each. More details.

The Papunya dot is a powerful symbol of social and cultural identity in Aboriginal art and culture. A new exhibition at Sydney College of the Arts opening Wednesday July 5. A group of artists including Bronwyn Bancroft, harness the power that the dot holds for Aboriginal people, as a starting point to explore their own beliefs and ideas that drive them as artists in Australian society.

 
July with the Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh's It’s your story Calendar July theme is Grow a Story visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. 
Angela & Old Tom
Hand coloured Etching

Edition out of 100
145mm (w) x 95mm (h)
$350
Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate 
and  Copyright Agency's Reading Australia 
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