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Happy New Year!

And what better way to start this new year than with the anticipation and excitement of the launch of the next Australian Children's Laureate.

Like Jackie French (2014/15) and Alison Lester and Boori Pryor (2012/13) our new Laureate is a well-loved and celebrated creator, and will advocate for and celebrate Australian Children's Literature over the next two years.

Mark these dates ...
• Feb 8 National announcement of the new Australia Children's Laureate
Feb 12 A special evening event at The State Library of Victoria to meet the new Laureate (bookings essential - details to be posted on www.children'slaureate.org soon) 
Feb 13 Kids' Big Book Spectacular at the State Library of Victoria with the Children's Laureate as special guest. This will be a big day out with fun, free activities celebrating the wonderful world of children’s literature and illustration!


In January you can also ...

• See The Many Story Treehouse Exhibition, being toured by Books Illustrated to the Katoomba Cultural Centre in NSW -  January 4 to January 22.

 Catch the performance at the Sydney Opera House based on the phenomenal Treehouse series of books by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton 

Be part of the action at the Federation Square Book Market (drop in on your way to the Australian Open!)
Saturday 30th January 11am to 5pm

• See illustrator Ann James in live action on the big screen in the Atrium and a wide range of Australian picture books and prints. Ann James is Illustrator of over 60 books including I'm a Dirty Dinosaur, Lucy Goosey, Bird & Bear, Sadie & Ratz and It's a Miroocool! 

View more books, prints and original artworks by Ann James.
A feature on Gregory Rogers
The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, the Bard and other dramatic tales is a new bind-up edition. containing the complete set of award-winning wordless classics by Gregory Rogers, a master of visual storytelling,The Boy the Bear the Baron the Bard, Midsummer Knight and The Hero of Little Street.   In BBBB the 'hero' of the stories bursts through the curtain of a deserted theatre and onto the world's most famous stage Midsummer magic - and a chase through the streets of Shakespeare's London. And that's just the start of it.

This book, released in late 2015  by Allen & Unwin is a tribute to Australian Author Illustrator Greory Rogers who died in 2013,  greatly missed by the childrens' literary world.

Greg was a close friend of ours for many years and very much part of Books Illustrated’s history. He participated in many events and some important illustration seminars including Reading the Pictures, a Seminar on Visual Literacy in 1993, and a few years later, Picture Books for Bolder Readers,  which looked at the new phenomenon of picture books for older readers.  Greg was widely acclaimed for his book illustration in this new genre, already famous for his novel covers. We celebrated Way Home, the groundbreaking picture book written by Libby Hathorn, with an exhibition of his original illustrations, and for which he was awarded the prestigeous UK Kate Greenaway Medal in 1995, the first ever awarded to an Australian illustrator.

The Boy, the Bear, the Baron, the Bard, was the first book Greg had authored alone, the first in this classic series of wordless picture books. They draw on Shakespearean drama and folk tales - and on European Renaissance art and music - a personal passion and practice of Greg's. BBBB was listed as one of The New York Times' Ten Best Illustrated Picture Books of 2005. It received the Australian and NZ Illustrations Award 2004 from Illustrators Australia, and was shortlisted in the 2005 APA Design Awards.

His work is still celebrated by his peers and, of course,  enjoyed by children and families all over. Two terrific picture books were published posthumously, Omar the Strong Man, written & illustrated by Greg, and What's Wrong with the Wobbygong, written by Phillip Gwynne.

As his close friend, Dr Robyn Sheahan-Bright, says in her Introdution to this splendid new bind-up edition, 'Gregory would be so very thrilled to see this volume published, as will be his many future readers.'

You can buy books and limited prints by Greg at Books Illustrated.
Limited edition prints

Midsummer Knight, limited edition print, $295
from Midsummer Knight and featured in the new collection The Boy, the bear, the baron, the bard and other dramatic tales, published by Allen & Unwin. 
Buy now.

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, the Bard pp.22-23, limited edition print, $295
from The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, the Bard and featured in the new collection, The Boy, the bear, the baron, the bard and other dramatic tales, published by Allen & Unwin. 
Buy now.

The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, the Bard
, limited edition print, $295
from The Boy, The Bear, The Baron, the Bard and featured in the new collection, The Boy, the bear, the baron, the bard and other dramatic tales, published by Allen & Unwin. 
Buy now.
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