What a start to the year for Australian Children's Literature!
PHOTO: Ann Haddon (L) and Ann James receive
a Member of the Order of Australia for their work in children's
literature. (ABC News)
We’d like to thank everyone who has contacted us with positive and warm
comments about the Australia Day awards. We are proud to have been able
to accept a national award of this importance on behalf of all the
individuals and organisations we’ve had the privilege of working with
over the years, promoting picture books and their creators. We
congratulate the other recipients from the literature world and are
pleased to have been able to join them to increase the national focus on
In particular we'd like to acknowledge that, at the heart of this
recognition, are the illustrators, authors and publishers who create
Australia's literature for children. Such quality books call out to kids
to read them, libraries to stock them, families to share them, people
to buy them and international publishers to translate them!
The 2016/17 Laureate is announced and makes FRONT PAGE news!
The BIG news for February is the announcement of our new new
#ChildrensLaureate for 2016/17! Our congratulations to
author-illustrator Leigh Hobbs in achieving this honour are added to the hundreds coming to him from all over Australia and farther afield!
Leigh spoke passionately about what he aims to achieve in the role in his ABC interview with Jon Faine on Monday 8th of February.
The theme for Hobbs’s two-year term as Australian Children’s Laureate
will be ‘to champion creative opportunities for children, and to
highlight the essential role libraries play in nurturing our creative
'Libraries have played an enormous role in my life', Hobbs says.
Saturday 13 at the State Library Victoria
Come to the Kids’ Big Book Spectacular which includes workshops, exhibitions and storytelling as well as the opportunity to meet Leigh Hobbs.
Always on the look out for opportunities to promote our wonderful
Australian picture books internationally, we were delighted when Allen
& Unwin publishers invited us to curate an online exhibition for the
We jumped on this opportunity and invited Leigh Hobbs, as new
Laureate, to offer his perspective on contemporary Australian
illustration, which led to the theme A love and feel for place.
'A love and feel for place, and no matter where it is, it becomes
the illustrators’ place through the telling of the story, coming from
the heart and from memory.’
This theme then focused our selection and juxtaposition of images
in the exhibition. Images were selected from many of the books
that had featured in the recent Hello! from Australia (HFA)
international exhibitions, as these represent a range of contemporary
books selected by publishers from around Australia.
We'd like to thank Allen & Unwin for their support and the
Children's Books team at the Guardian for this fantastic opportunity.
Mr Chicken atop the Arc de Triomphe, Limited edition print, $250
Books Illustrated International Touring Exhibitions
Hello! from Australia exhibition
We are very excited that funding from Copyright Agency will allow us, in
partnership with the APA and Austrade Taipei, to feature the 2015-16 Hello! from Australia exhibition (view online rights catalogue) at the coming Taipei Book Fair - Feb 15 to 22.
This exhibition, curated for the 2015 Bologna Book Fair, is a
promotional exhibition to showcase Australian illustrated books and
support Australian publishers in the sale of international rights. The
catalogue accompanying this exhibition is being updated for the coming
fair. Ann James & Justine Alltimes will attend the fair with
the exhibition. If you are attending the fair please visit us at the
Australian Pavilion, Stand A1111, Hall 1.
The exhibition, shown in the Blue Mountains, coincided with Treehouse
performances at the Sydney Opera House. Once again, the black and white
mural created personally by Terry for visitors to the exhibition to add
to, was a highlight for this venue.
Image: Tull Suwannakit, City bear, nomadic hare, 2015 (unpublished), watercolour and pencil on paper.
Author-Illustrator Tull Suwannakit is a new addition to the creators represented by Books Illustrated.
As well as the beautiful limited edition prints shown below you can see
more of Tull's work at an exhibition in Melbourne starting this
City bear, nomadic hare is an exhibition of original
illustrations taken from published books and sketches that recollect
Tull’s journey as a children’s book artist. An illustration workshop,
book reading and book signing will accompany the exhibition at several
libraries till Sept 13.
Blak & Bright
The Victorian Indigenous Literary Festival:
18 – 21 February 2016
Blak & Bright is presented by First Nations Australia Writers’
Network, with Australian Poetry, the City of Literature Office, the
Emerging Writers’ Festival, Express Media, the Melbourne Writers
Festival, the Small Press Network, the Wheeler Centre and Writers
Indigenous Children’s Book Collection
February 19 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Venue: Performance Space, the Wheeler Centre
The Indigenous voice entered the Australian children’s book industry in
1964 with the publication of The Legends of Moonie Jarl. Children’s
Research Librarian, Juliet O’Conor will describe the significance of
this book and share a range of Indigenous authored and/or illustrated
picture books into the 21st century. Featuring Juliet O’Conor. Presented
by State Library Victoria.
And a reminder for next month... Dromkeen Literature Festival – Saturday March 19
The March 19th 2016 Festival continues the theme of Australian
children’s literature and will be an exciting event suitable for
children, teachers, librarians, families and all children’s book
enthusiasts. There will be opportunities to meet and listen to a
marvelous team of authors, illustrators, cartoonists and storytellers.
USBBY: My two Blankets was selected for the 2016 USBBY Outstanding International Books, Grade Prep to 2
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has announced
the shortlist for the biennial Hans Christian Andersen Awards. The
finalists for the 2016 award in the author category are: Cao Wenxuan
(China); Louis Jensen (Denmark); Mirjam Pressler (Germany); Ted van
Lieshout (Netherlands); and Lois Lowry (US). The illustrators nominated
for the award are Rotraut Susanne Berner (Germany); Pejman Rahimizadeh
(Iran); Alessandro Sanna (Italy); Suzy Lee (South Korea); and Marit
Törnqvist (Netherlands). The two winners will be announced at the IBBY
Press Conference at the Bologna International Children’s Book Fair on 4
April, with medals to be presented to the winners at the 35th IBBY
Congress in Auckland on 20 August.