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The world of children’s books is alive and kicking – kicking above it’s weight – and we look forward to sharing some of this good news with you during the year!

What a way to start 2015 with our Australian Children’s Laureate Jackie French being named Senior Australian of the Year!  which coincides with the launch of her Laureate project the Share a Story Calendar 2015

And then there's the astounding sales figures for the Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton Treehouse series with the 52-Storey Treehouse (Pan) being the highest selling title in Australia  in 2014 with 232,900 copies sold! These sales figures were first published in the Bookseller & Publisher, newsletter Wed Jan 15. Prints and signed books available from Books Illustrated. 
Upcoming Books Illustrated Events 
Federation Square Book Market with Judy Horacek

Saturday February 14

Judy will join us between 2pm & 3.30 pm to demonstrate her illustrating and sign books.

And, as Chinese New Year, according to the Chinese zodiac, is Year of the Sheep - in fact Year of the Green Sheep - what better excuse to celebrate one of Australia’s all time children’s picture book classics Where is the Green Sheep? by Mem Fox and Judy Horacek.

About Judy …
Judy Horacek is a freelance cartoonist, illustrator and writer. Her cartoons have appeared regularly in newspapers and can be seen on fridges and toilet doors all over the world.  Judy also creates children’s picture books both on her own and in collaboration with Mem Fox. Together she and Mem Fox created the instant children’s classic, Where is the Green Sheep? ....  Read more on Judy's website!

Signed books and prints available for sale.
A second bite of the cherry...
Dromkeen Homestead Open Day & the John Barrow Collection

Sunday February 15. 1pm to 5pm. 
A short introduction to the exhibition and the current Dromkeen homestead will be given at 2pm.
RSVP by Thursday Feb 12 –
(nibbles provided but picnics in the grounds are welcome and the café will be open).
Invitation attached. 

Books Illustrated Touring Exhibitions 
Are We There Yet?
Parks Shire Library/Gallery in NSW
 Feb 23 to March 22.

Are We There Yet?: A Journey around Australia exhibition, based on the classic Australian picture book by former Children's Laureate Alison Lester will be shown in Parks Shire Library/Gallery in NSW from Feb 23 to March 22.
Signed books and limited edition prints by Alison Lester are available online at Books Illustrated.  
Bologna Children’s Book Fair rights exhibition
Bologna Children's Book Fair 
March 30 to April 2

Hello! From Australia will be shown at the fair from March 30 to April 2. The associated catalogue to be launched on February 18 – check APA website -
A draft cover of the catalogue includes illustrations by Maree Coote from her picture book Alphabet City Zoo
published in Sept 2014, which is one of the featured prints in the 2015 rights exhibition. 

Read our media release about the announcement of the 32 books to be represented by a limited edition print in our 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition. 
Prints, Original Illustrations and Signed Books for sale 
Limited edition prints, original artwork and signed books available from Terry Denton and Andy Griffiths famous Treehouse series!
Children's Literature news and events 

Bestselling UK children’s author Julia Donaldson
, creator of The Gruffalo, and former UK Children’s Laureate, will be visiting Australia for the first time in February 2015 to share her most loved stories in a live stage show for families and young children. 
Melbourne Town Hall (with the Wheeler Centre) 4.30PM – 5.30PM, Tuesday 17 February 2015. Book here.
Geelong West Town Hall, 4:30PM - 5:30PM, Wednesday 18 February 2015. Book here. 

Faber Writing Academy - For writers of picture books.
 with Jane Godwin, Erica Wagner and Sandra Nobes
When: Saturday 14 February, 10am - 5pm Where: Melbourne
Cost: ASA member & Faber alumni $295; Member of a Partner Organisation $370; Full cost $460
Bookings: call 1800 257 121 (toll-free) or visit

 Report for the Wheeler Centre in January by Mike Shuttleworth  ‘Picturing Paris’ relating to his attending the Children’s festival in Paris ‘The Salon du livre et de presse jeunesse’ in Nov 2014 is worth reading – especially for anyone interested in children’s books and picture books in particular.
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