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Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs and illustrator Ann James arrive at Frog Hollow turnoff to Purnululu School for a week of creative fun in the Kimberly Region of WA, July 2016.

It's a fabulous month chock-a-block full of Children's Book events - Read about them all below!

The Announcement of CBCA Book of the Year Awards celebrating it's 70th anniversary. This year's awards will be announced on Friday August 19 in Sydney with special guest Governor General Quentin Bryce. Federation Square Book Market, Sat August 20, celebrating the awards, the start of Children's Book Week and guest illustrator Renee Treml. National Bookshop Day, Saturday August 13, is another fabulous opportunity to focus on children's books and the bookshops that support and promote them.

It's also an opportunity to visit our new showroom at 74 Mills St, Albert Park in Melbourne which will be open 10am to 4pm!
And then there's also exhibitions, Festivals and performances!!
Federation Square Book Market
Saturday August 20

Renee Treml
Time: 11am to 5pm

We'll celebrate the awards and the start of Children's Book Week with guest Illustrator/author Renee Treml. Renee Will be demonstrating on the big screen between 12noon and 3pm.

A chance to have a chat to a creator and have some books personally signed. Find out more about Renee's work in information on The Great Garden exhibition in this enews.

Renee's latest board books include Ten Little Owls and Once I Heard a Little Wombat (Random House Australia). Her picture book One Very Tired Wombat was selected to be part of the 2012 Hello! from Australia Bologna Book Fair exhibition.
Little Quoll, limited edition print, from Ten Little Owls, $44
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Books Illustrated touring exhibitions
Shaun Tan: The Art of Story Discovering The Lost Thing - Book to Film
On until 18 August
Grace Cossington Smith Gallery, NSW

The exhibition explores the ten year collaborative process with the film team at Passion Pictures to create the 15 minute long animated film of The Lost Thing. Shaun's personal notes and comments, character sketches, pencil storyboards, soft pastel stills and texture paintings reveal this process.

Shaun Tan is a multi-award winning Australian author and illustrator.      
His many books include The Arrival, The Red Tree, Tales from Outer Suburbia, The Bird King and Rules of Summer and The Singing Bones. The Lost Thing published in 2000, is a story about identity and belonging.
In Good Company
13 - 24 August
CS Gallery Caroline Springs

This exhibition of limited edition prints cerebrates the work of 20 children's book illustrators who live in Victoria. There is a special focus on illustrations by Craig Smith & Michael Camilleri who will be presenting workshops during the Write On, Read On festival in Melton.
New Signed Books and Limited Edition Giclee Prints

Sally Heinrich


We were delighted that One Step at a Time written by Jane Jolly, illustrated by Sally Heinrich and published by small independent press MidnightSun publishing was shortlisted in the Picture Book section in the 2016 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. We are proud to be able to feature some of the magnificent images from this book as new limited edition prints for August.

Sally Heinrich has illustrated more than thirty books as well as writing and illustrating her own picture books, non-fiction and novels. Much of her recent work draws on her experiences travelling and living in Asia.

One Step at a Time is also a newly released read-aloud story on the Story Box Library website.
Misty mornings and golden sunsets, $250 , From One Step at a Time (MidnightSun)
Limited edition print, 440mm (w) x 440mm (h)
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Other August events and awards
Support the supporters!
National Bookshop Day on Saturday August 13
Another opportunity to focus on children's books and the bookshops that support and promote them.

It's also an opportunity to visit our new showroom which will be open 10am to 4pm  
The Announcement of CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2016

This year's CBCA awards will be announced on Friday August 19 in Sydney with special guest Governor General Quentin Bryce. State branches of the CBCA organise many events in support of the awards each year and we recommend these to you  - the Victorian branch has a fabulous range on events on offer this year!
Forever Young: Children's Literature Today  SOLD OUT!
Contact the Wheeler Centre to 
check on cancellation opportunities for this special international event!
Monday 5 September, 6.15pm -7.15pm
The Wheeler Centre in partnership with the Australian Children’s Literature Alliance.

Writer, broadcaster, lecturer and the UK Guardian’s children’s book editor, Julia Eccleshare, will be joined by beloved kids’ author and Australian Children’s Laureate, Leigh Hobbs. Their host will be Billie B Brown author, Sally Rippin.

The Great Garden Mystery
An exhibition of the work of Renee Treml

July 29 - September 4
Central Goldfields Gallery

Author and illustrator Renee Treml brings the suspects and the clues to life in this exhibition focussing on The Great Garden Mystery (Random House Australia). Using digital technique that recreates traditional scratchboard, Renee is able to create detailed yet organic-looking black-and-white illustrations which she overlays on bright coloured backgrounds. Renee moved to Australia in 2007 from the United States and has since chosen to celebrate the amazing diversity of animals that inhabit this country through her words and pictures.
Freya Blackwood exhibition
July 22 to August 14
Bendigo Writers Festival 12,13,14 August

Venue: La Trobe University Visual Arts Centre on View Street.

Curated by Sarah Mayor Cox and Paul Morris, this exhibition showcases the work of Astrid Lindgren Award winner, Freya Blackwood.

Freya Blackwood is one of Australia's most talented children's illustrators and her work has captured international attention and a host of awards and nominations.

Official opening Thursday August 11, 6pm:
Open 10am-5pm during Bendigo Writers Festival.
Introducing the 78-Storey Treehouse
Tuesday 9th August
Melbourne Town Hall, 90-130 Swanston Street, Melbourne

Readings bookshop invites you to join Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton in their spectacular new 78-storey Treehouse

Tickets are $25 per person (one ticket is required per person so adults and children each need a ticket). Each ticket includes one hour of complete madness and a signed first edition of The 78-Storey Treehouse which will be given out at the event.

Books Illustrated will mount a display to promote Terry's new Treehouse prints at the event - available now!

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That's not a Daffodil! - Theatre production

From the popular picture book by Elizabeth Honey a playful, inventive new show for kids, alive with music, dance, puppetry and animation. Produced by Jump Leads Productions.
Perfect for children 3 - 6 and their families.

Where: Mechanics Institute Theatre, 270 Sydney Road, Brunswick
When: Saturday August 27, 11am & 2pm & Sunday August 28, 11am 
Tickets: Kids $12, adults $20, Familet of four $50
Bookings: http://trybooking.com/199483
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We wanted to say good luck and have fun! to all of the Australian delegates at the 35th IBBY Congress 18-21 August including Children's Laureate Leigh Hobbs and Dr. Robyn Sheahan Bright.
 
August with the Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh's It’s your story Calendar August theme is Celebrate a Story visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. 
H. M. Takes Mr. Chicken`s Call  $255
Mr Chicken Lands on London (Allen & Unwin)
Limited edition print, 310mm (w) x 280mm (h)

 
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Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate.
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