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Books Illustrated, Gallery & Showroom

Visit Books Illustrated over school holidays on one of our three Open Days (or make an appointment). We have the Possum Magic original artworks and preliminary drawings by Julie Vivas on show. This is a rare opportunity to also see the developmental work for this classic Australian picture book created 30 years ago! Did you know that Hush the possum was originally a mouse?

Open Days are -
Wednesday 3rd July: 11.00am - 5pm
Friday 12th July: 
11.00am - 5pm
Saturday 13th July: 11.00am - 5pm
(why not come and see us after or before a visit to Gasworks Arts Park to see the Possum Magic Musical Performance.)

We will also have some original artwork by Julie on display and for sale from her picture book Davy and the Duckling, written by Margaret Wild, published by Penguin Books. This is also a rare opportunity to purchase original illustrations by this well known illustrator.

Lots of lovely events in June... here are some photos!

State Library of Victoria's Dirty Dinosaur Story Time (with magic pencils and mud drawings.)

There was definitely a full house for Dirty Dinosaur illustrator Ann James and the State Library Story Time at the State Library on Wednesday June 19.

Open House at Books Illustrated showroom with Julie Vivas for Possum Magic's 30th Birthday, Sunday 16th June

Woodend Winter Arts Festival June -7 to 10

Books Illustrated mounted an exhibition of prints and original illustrations Woodend it be Fabulous at the St Mary's Church hall as part of the Woodend Winter Arts Festival. The feature artists were Jane Tanner and Ann James

Illustrator Jane tanner talking about work for her new picture book to be published by Penguin Books next year.

MARC and MACC Conference
MARC and MACC are mobile librarians and art/craft teachers who drive all over Victoria visiting schools, they particularly focus on small rural school that might only have one teacher or wouldn't have a town library. The MARC/MACC program has been deeply valued not only by the teachers but by the students as well.

As part of their annual conference, this year held in Bendigo, Ann James and Ann Haddon presented a day-long professional developmentnt workshop on Thursday June 16 ... here is a photo of some of these dedicated travelling teachers at work on their charcoal silhouette sketches. 

Announcement of the 2013 Wildnerness Society Environment Awards for Children's Literature
The announcement was made at 6.30pm on Wednesday June 5 at Readings Bookshop in Carlton, Melbourne.
Alison Lester, Australian Children's Laureate and co winner with Coral Tulloch of the award last year for One Small Island, was guest speaker. 

The awards were accepted on behalf of the winners by Kate O'Donnell (Hardie Grant Egmont), (Alison Lester guest speaker), Angela Curruthers (Scholastic Australia) and Ann Haddon (Books Illustrated)

In the Preschool category, writer and artist Sally Morgan took home the award for The Lance Dance, published by Little Hare/Hardie Grant Egmont - a book about creatures losing their habitat and our need to protect it.

The Primary School category was won by writer Margaret Wild and illustrator Vivienne Goodman for Tanglewood, published by Omnibus Books/Scholastic Australia. The story is about relationships - the relationship between a tree and a seagull and nature, as well as exploring the nature of relationships, loneliness and belonging.

One of the judges of this year's award, multi-award-winning children’s author Jackie French, described The Last Dance as beautifully illustrated, this book is another in a long series of books about extinctions, and why they occur. She describedTanglewood as “breathtaking in its beauty and simplicity, this book shows both the web of life, ecology and friendship. The understated analogy between the interdependence of a simple ecology as well as a social network is glorious in both concept and execution. This is an extraordinary book, joyous, transcendent and profound.”

A wonderful new giclee print is currently being printed from Tanglewood - check out our website for it's arrival! 

Fed Square book market on June 22
Visitors enjoyed watching Charlotte Lance drawing and painting her super small and detailed illustrations and promoting her new book A Really Super Hero, published by Allen & Unwin.

NEW Artworks for Sale

New original artworks by Julie Vivas are now available for sale.
Julie rarely sells any of her original illustrations, so this is a very special opportunity for fans and collectors.
Pieces are from a new picture book Davy & the Duckling, written by Margaret Wild and published by Penguin Books and will be released in July.  
Artworks for sale can be viewed on Books Illustrated website. 

Saturday 27th July 
Join us to celebrate a brand new scary picture book illustrated by Mitch Vane and written by Danny Katz , A Book About Scary, published by Five Mile Press.
A Book about Scary is an A to Z of Scary -- from Alien Zombies to being in bed in the dark (zzzzzz). This is a very tongue-in-cheek look at all things scary, from the traditional (fear of the dark) to the quirky (sticking your hand in a letterbox)

Mitch has been working as a freelance illustrator for over twenty years now, five of those based in London, and over those years working in a variety of mediums, on a variety of jobs - anything from storyboards, posters, package design, colouring books, cartoons, editorial illustrations and paintings. She's illustrated a lot of children’s books with many different publishers both in Australia and in the U.S. This is Mitch's first book with Five Mile Press Australia.  

Meet Mitch 1 to 3pm  -  have a book personally signed and see how she created the illustrations for this book.
The Federation Square Book Market runs each Saturday from 10am to 5pm.

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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