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August - the month of books!
August often stands out in the calendar for being even more of a Book Month than most and this year is no exception – especially if you are in Melbourne! 

As well as the Melbourne Writers Festival (@MelbWritersFest), the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) celebrates its 70th Anniversary and the national 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards will be announced in Melbourne on August 21. 

Launch of The Hush Treasure Book August 6

We've just returned from a very special event for the launch of a very special project. 

#TheHushTreasureBook was launched at Government House by The Honourable Linda Dessau AM, Governor of Victoria (photo at left). 

Many people may be aware of the HUSH Music Collection which has created soothing and uplifting music to help children and families deal with the stresses of hospital. This project, instigated by Dr Catherine Crock from the Royal Melbourne Hospital, has now seen 14 CDs produced. 

The Hush Treasure Book is a new literary adventure in this project. The book, produced with the intention of the Hush Music project, is a collection of illustrated stories by some of Australia's most highly regarded authors and illustrators.  Like the music created this collection of joyful and reflective stories is not just for those dealing with sickness and difficult times, it is for everyone. And like the CDs already produced, the book will be donated to children's hospitals and is also available in bookshops. 

 It was great that many of the creators of the book were able to attend the launch including Jane Godwin, Anna Walker, Doug Macleod, Craig Smith, Bob Graham, Karen Briggs, Danny Katz, Mitch Vane, Nick Bland, Judith Rossell, Glenda Millard, Ann James, Karen Tayleur, Jacqui Grantford, Jane Tanner, Victoria Rohan's family, Bruce Whatley, Kevin Burgemeestre and Lee Burgemeestre (designer).

The HUSH Foundation team present included Dr Catherine Crock, Bill Duff, Kristen Sheehan and Lucy Belfrage. Other special guests included Susan McClaine, Albert Ullin, Erica Wagner, from Allen & Unwin Books and Mick Smith, Splitting Image printers.

View our album of photos on Books Illustrated Facebook. 

Listen to Ann James being interviewed on HUSH on 3MBS.

The Hush Treasure Book is now available from Books Illustrated.

Visit Readings Hawthorn for a special release of The Hush Treasure Book on Sat 15 Aug 2015 at 10:30am.

Upcoming Books Illustrated Events 

Federation Square Book Market with Mitch Vane - Saturday 22
We are so pleased that we can be part of the celebration for the start of Children's Book Week at Federation Square. It will be a special day with lots of authors and illustrators and the buzz @MelbWritersFest as well.
Mitch will join us from 3pm - 5pm. Watch her illustrating on the big screen in the Atrium and see first hand how she created the images for her Little Lunch books, now an ABC3 TV series
The newly released title in the Little Lunch series Off Limits, as well as other books by Mitch Vanewill be for sale - a chance to have some personally signed!

Check out Mitch's prints and books on Books Illustrated's website.
Visit Mitch Vane's website:

The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition
celebrating Terry Denton's illustrations for the phenomenal Treehouse series by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton
Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale

Tuesday, 14 July 2015 to Saturday, 22 August 2015

An exhibition of Terry Denton’s original illustrations, sketches and layouts showing the development of crazy ideas, characters and stories for The Treehouse series developed with author, Andy Griffiths.
Curated by Books Illustrated, Melbourne, and presented by the Curtis Coast Literary Carnivale and the Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum.
Terry Denton's website.
The newly released The 65-Storey Treehouse is now available for sale at Books Illustrated!

If you are interested in hiring this exhibition for your festival or gallery please contact Ann Haddon. 

Other August events not to be missed ...
National Book Shop Day - Saturday August 8
Books Illustrated - 300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park 3206

Book shops come in all sizes and shapes these days and that's what this day celebrates!
Books Illustrated has its own unique 'showroom' bookshop which is open by appointment and on scheduled open days thoughout the year.
So, join us at Books Illustrated and #loveyourbookshop! @Bksillustrated 
Bendigo Writers Festival 7-9 August

Bruce Whatley is one of the world’s favourite illustrators. He is best known for his versatlity of style and media.  This exhibition brings together some of his best known and least known work in an effort to better understand and appreciate his work and illustration in general. Interpretive text panels have been designed to help visitors engage more deeply with the works on display.

Exhibition open Wednesday 29 July to Sunday 9 August at the La Trobe Visual Arts Centre, View Street, Bendigo. 
Melbourne Writers Festival – August 20 to 30 @MelbWritersFest 
Monday 24 August, 11.15am, Federation Square complex
A wonderfully full program on offer for adults and children this year, many events being held in the Federation Square complex. Ann James, Leigh Hobbs and Sally Rippin will be leading a ‘Big Draw’ in the Deakin Edge as part of this program on Monday August 24.

Ann James will conduct one of the hands on workshops at ARTPLAY on Saturday August 22, 10am. 
CBCA Children’s Book Week – August 22 to 28
Join us at Fed Square Book Market Saturday 22 to celebrate the start of Children’s Book Week and to meet the marvelous Mitch Vane (3pm- 5pm) see how she creates some of the wonderful characters from the Little Lunch Series and celebrate the latest book in the series Little Lunch: The Off-Limits Fence and the start of the TV program based on this series.

Marking of a milestone 70 years for the CBCA!
The Victorian branch of the CBCA is hosting the national announcement of the 2015 CBCA Book of the Year Awards in Melbourne, Melbourne Town Hall, Friday August 22. It’s even more special for the Victorian branch to have the honour to host this event this year as it’s the 70th anniversary of the CBCA -1945 to 2015.
An exhibition and event at the Bailleu Library at Melbourne University will mark this occasion as well.
Celebrating 20 Years of Illustration 1995 - 2015
Chapel Off Chapel Gallery @ChapelOffChapel
Melbourne Illustration exhibition August 25 to 30 Sept 
12 Little Chapel Street, Prahran, Victoria

Melbourne Polytechnic (formerly NMIT) celebrates 20 years of illustration with an exhibition that features 25 Alumni artists. Collectively these artists and illustrators will showcase the incredible diversity and talent they have all nurtured, fostered and developed since graduation.
July 25 - October 4
Bunyips and Dragons Exhibition at the NGV, National Gallery of Victoria
An exhibition of the Albert Ullin Collection of book illustrations. Founder of the first children’s bookshop in Australia, The Little Bookroom, Albert recently gifted his collection of over 40 years, to the NGV. 
(Illustration by Ron Brooks from the The Bunyip of Berkley's Creek). 
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