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Jackie French is the next Australian Children's Laureate! 
The announcement and induction ceremony was held at the National Library in Canberra on Wednesday Nov 27. It was followed by an event at the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne on Friday Nov 29 - a celebration of our inaugural Laureates,  Alison Lester and Boori Monty Pryor who will soon be concluding their term. They each gave fabulous accounts of their past two years - the huge number of children they've worked and played with - and we were all inspired by the enormous impact they've made on children's lives and their families and communities. Jackie French followed with her impassioned speech, giving us a sense of her vision for her two year term and the energy she'll be bringing to it!

The event was also a fundraiser for ACLA (Australian Childrens' Literature Alliance) who runs this program. Authors, illustrators, booksellers and publishers all generously donated items for a silent auction that raised over $9,000. There were also wonderful door prizes and many many happy Gala-goers went home happy and enriched in many ways indeed. It is intended that more fundraising events will be held in various states over the next two years to support the laureate program.

Books Illustrated was honoured and fortunate to have a celebratory lunch with Jackie in between her two major events!

And Jackie signed some books for us, so now we can offer these to you  

To find out more about what Jackie will be doing as Laureate in 2014 and 2015 visit:
www.childrenslaureate.org.au
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Dirty Dinosaur Muddy Workshop at Sneaky Fox Books, Clunes 
Great fun was had by all at Ann James talk and workshop with local children and their families on the first day of summer at  Sneaky Fox Books, a lovely new bookshop in Clunes BookTown,   a great destination for a drive from Melbourne to this historic gold mining town which is Australia's own, international recognised Book Town. 



Coming Up - Diary Dates for 2014
Bologna Children's Book Fair

At  Books Illustrated we are busy with the APA (Australian Publishers Association) preparing our promotional exhibition for the Bologna Children's Book Fair in March 2014. The selection panel met recently and were pleased to have received submissions from more publishers than ever this year. Many great new Australian picture books will be promoted in this huge international forum! 

National Treasures: A Bob Graham Retrospective, The Lu Rees Archives and the CBCA Conference, 2014
We are, with colleague Nicky Lo Bianco, curating a retrospective exhibition of the work of Bob Graham. As Bob has donated much of his original artwork for his books  to the Lu Rees Archives, this exhibition's aim is to showcase two national treasures: Bob Graham through his legacy of manuscripts and illustrations created over his thirty year career so far; and the enormous and continually growing Lu Rees Archive of Australian Children's Literature.  
We are actually growing fond of Canberra after our several trips there for research! The exhibition will be shown first at CMAG (the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery) from May 16, to coincide with the National CBCA Conference, Discovering National Treasures,  and will it continue through to Children's Book Week in August. Bob will open the exhibition with a floor talk so this is certainly a date to record in next year's diary in fact it's a great saving to catch the early-bird registrations!!


Events

Books Illustrated at Fed Square Book Market - Wishing you all a Beary Merry Season!
Saturday December 7

Illustrator Ann James will be demonstrating on the big screen in the Atrium and happy to personally sign books.
Great Christmas gifts including Australian Christmas books at sale prices

 
Open Days at the Books Illustrated Showroom
Sunday December 8

Visit to see a range of unique gifts for Christmas and get expert advice in choosing that special book for that special child.
Showroom open from 12noon to 5pm.
Visitors on these days will be entered into a draw to WIN a signed Bird and Bear book & limited edition print by Ann James.

 
New Limited Edition prints in stock!

Alison Lester Kissed by the Moon   a gorgeous selection of prints in three sizes:


Original Artwork for sale!

We have original art work from a range of Australian illustrators for sale including Terry Denton from the hugely-popular Treehouse series! The latest book, 39-Storey Treehouse is topping the charts in bookshop bestseller lists all over Australia. Signed books available also.



Little Golden Books and Vintage Original Illustration Collection  

Books Illustrated showroom continues its display of original vintage Illustrations from overseas. Individual illustrations are still available for purchase from these books  Mother GooseThe Pink Panther and the Fancy Party and Raggedy Ann and the Cookie Snatcher.  

A rare opportunity to purchase these vintage illustrations.  See these gems for yourself!

Limited edition printsoriginal illustrations and books (many signed) can be viewed and purchased by making an appointment to visit our showrooms.


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