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Books Illustrated is proud to be part of The Melbourne Book Market, best known for many years as the regular Fed Square Book Market on Saturdays. It starts a new life with a trial run at Abbotsford Convent in December on Sundays December 10 & 17.
The 13 regular book stalls showcase special interest books and quality secondhand books of all genres. Books Illustrated will offer great selections of Australian picture books, giclee prints and wil be hosting special guest illustrators of children's picture books on both Sundays.
Sunday December 10
10am to 12noon  - Ann James with her new Christmas picture book A Very Quacky Christmas , written by Frances Watts and published by ABC Books
1pm to 4pm -Terry Denton co-creator and illustrator of one of the most popular ever series of books for children in Australia's publishing history -  The Treehouse series, written by Andy Griffiths, published by Pan Macmillan.Terry will be drawing and is very happy to personally sign his books.
 Sunday December 17 
10am to 12noon - Anna Walker with her award-winning, picture books including the Christmas title What do you wish for? wriiten by Jane Godwin & published by Penguin Books.
2pm to 4pm  Judith Rossell with her splendid handsome new release in the best-selling Stella Montgommery Series, A Garden of Lilies : Improving Tales for Young Minds (cautionary tales purportedly by Prudence A Goodchild), published by ABC Books.
 
 
   Shaun Tan's Bakers Dozen exhibition of small paintings closes December 2 
                                          Paintings still available ...
New Signed Books and Limited Edition Giclee Prints
For December (and beyond!) we have an unprecidented number of new giclee prints now available for sale ...
 
Ann James - 4 prints from her new picture book
A Very Quacky Christmas, written by Frances Watts, published by ABC Books
Title: Christmas is about Sharing 
Price: $150
Julie Vivas - 3 new prints from her classic picture book, The Nativity, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Title: The Angel said, Fear not Mary
Price: $220
Judith Rossell - 2 new prints - the covers for each of her popular Stella Montgomery series, Withering by Sea and Wormwood Mire, published by ABC Books  
Title: Wormwood Mire
Price: $60
 
Jane Tanner -  new print from her latest picture book Storm Whale, written by Sarah Brennan and published by Allen & Unwin 
Title: We held our hats as the cold wind blew
Price: $220
Tull Sawannakit - 4 prints from his new picture book, Stanley's Playing the Trumpet, written by John Field, published by Scholastic Press
Title: Put that record on 
Price: $80
Alison Lester - two prints from her latest picture book The Very Noisy Baby,  published by Affirm Press
Title: A Very Noisy Baby Lives Here 
Price: $200
 
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IlLUSTRATION INSPIRATION!

First Editions Re-Covered  An inspiring fundraising project by Illustration House (UK) 
 
Thirty-one well-known authors and illustrators were invited to create a cover for a classic first edition book.
Creators include Quentin Blake, Neil Gaiman and Shaun Tan.
To be auctioned by Southeby's (33 lots), in partnership with Windsor & Newton, on December 11 
On show from December 8 to the 11 

Take a look - it's fascinating!
Shaun Tan on why he chose Animal Farm for his re-covered first edition.

'... What was it about? As kids the answer was clear: schoolyard politics in Suburban Western Australia. Animal Farm remains the book with the deepest subconscious influence on my work as a storyteller: The absurd fantasy that tells us basic truths about human nature, regardless of time, place or political colour ...'
OTHER DECEMBER EVENTS & AWARDS

Winners of the 2017 Prime Minister's Literary Awards announced on December 1

Congratulations to all winners and in particular the joint winners of the Children's Fiction Section -
Bob Graham for his picture book, Home in the Rain published by Walker Books,
and to Wendy Orr for Dragonfly Song published by Allen & Unwin
From the multi-award winning author-illustrator Bob Graham comes a tender touching story of family life, perfect for sharing when a new baby is on the way. This story is a beautifully observed celebration of the way inspiration can, and often does, happen in the most ordinary and unlikely of places.
For readers of 5 +.
Signed copies available - $24.99


There was a great article on Bob Graham in The Age –Saturday November 11
 
The 2017 Dromkeen Awards announced at the State Library of Victoria November 30.
The annual Dromkeen Award, which honours outstanding contribution to Australian Children's Literature was awarded to Erica Wagner (left), publisher of books for children and young adults at Allen & Unwin.
Erica has worked as an editor and publisher for 30 years and is also co-founder of the graphic novel publishing imprint Twelve Panels Press. You can read Erica's acceptance speech here.

The annual Dromkeen Librarian's Award. was presented to Megan Daley (right). It is awarded to an Australian teacher, teacher librarian or children's and youths' services personal in a library setting, in recognition of the important role they play in introducing young people to literature and encouraging enjoyment and love of reading. Megan is a teacher-librarian at St Aidens' Anglican Girl's School in Brisbane and founder of Children's Books Daily Blog. 

 
Other Award winners ...

‘The Invisible War’ wins the 2017 Most Underrated Book Award
 The Invisible War by Ailsa Wild, Briony Barr, Gregory Crocetti, Ben Huchings and Jeremy Barr (Scale Free Network) published by Small Scale Press.  
Now in its sixth year, the Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ , sponsored by the Australian Booksellers Association, celebrates hidden gems – engaging and creative books across all genres that deserve to reach a wider audience. 
This year’s winning title is a unique publication, funded through a Pozible campaign, created by a
team of writers, illustrators and scientists, and combining the format and narrative of a graphic
novel with science education writing.
‘A graphic novel about dysentery during WWI doesn’t sound like the makings of an engaging work, but The Invisible War is a cleverly created comic that’s informative, interesting and surprising!


Boy wins 2017 Children’s Peace Literature Award
On November 16 the announcement was made that Phil Cummings and Shane Devries’ picture book Boy ( Scholastic) has won the Australian Psychological Society’s (APS) 2017 Children’s Peace Literature Award.
Boy, which tells the story of a young deaf boy who brings peace to his village by getting adults to think about conflict in a different way, was described by the judges as a ‘delightful and powerful picture book’. It was chosen from a shortlist of three that included Blue Sky, Yellow Kite (Janet A Holmes, illus by Jonathan Bentley, Little Hare) and Wombat Warriors (Samantha Wheeler, UQP).
VALE Pat Hutchins
Many people were saddened to hear that Pat Hutchins died on November 7.
Pat was a UK author/illustrator of childrens' picture books, many of which became classics like Rosies’ Walk, and Titch .  You can read more about Pat and her work in children's books in the Publisher's WEEKLY ARTICLE

 

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation Trivia night ws held at Fitzroy Town Hall in Melbourne
on November 29. This fabulous fundraising event was hosted by Readings and attended by 300 people. Hosted by Brian Nankervis, of Rock Quizz fame, it raised approx $57,000!
If you missed out on this event, you can still donate to this great cause -

Reading brings the world to us, help the @IndigenousLiteracyFoundation bring reading to children in remote Australia by making a donation this holiday season.-  https://goo.gl/duJNr8 #readingopensdoors
December with the Australian Children's Laureate
As Leigh Hobbs's  two year term  draws to a close, with celebratory farewell events in Sydney & Melbourne, we congratulate and thank him for his wonderful laureateship - so much inspiration shared and so much achieved!
He was able to announce, at his Melbourne farewell event at Readings bookshop in Hawthorn, Melbourne on Tuesday November 28, that an article would be published in the Age /Sydney Morning Herald the following morning. This article sums up his focus and commitment over his two year term.
May it continue  ...
Read more

Leigh Hobbs's It’s your story Calendar December theme is Give a Story. 
Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. 

 
     Limited edition giclee print - Angela & Old Tom
Image size: 270mm(w) x 210mm(h)
Book title : Character study from the Old Tom series
$200 - 
Purchase 
 
 
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Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate
and Reading Australia, a Copyright Agency initiative.
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