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The Australian Book Industry Awards were announced on May 21 and we congratulate all winners – of the children’s sections in particular: 
  • Judith Rossell for her novel Withering-By-Sea, published by Allen & Unwin winning the award for Book of the year for older children (8-14).
  • Jane Jolly, author, and Robert Ingpen illustrator for their picture book Tea and Sugar Christmas, published by National Library Australia, winning the Small Publishers’ Children’s Book of the Year Award. And;
  • Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton for their 52 Storey Treehouse, published by Pan Macmillan, winning not only the award Book of the Year Younger Children (0-8) but the overall Book of the Year Award! 
We are so proud, as all these books were represented internationally a month earlier at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair, as part of the Hello! from Australia exhibition. 

And how fantastic for children’s books in Australia, that a children’s book took out the major award this year! 
Hooray for The 52-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton, Pan Macmillan. This is another tangible acknowledgment that Australian children’s books are doing so well – in fact they are currently the major success story of the Australian Book Industry. This is something to sing about and our Children's Laureate, as a key spokesperson for the children's book industry nationally and internationally, does just that.

        The Children's Laureate position, was established in 2012 with the appointment of the Inaugural Laureates, Alison Lester & Boori Monty Pryor (2012-2013) and followed by Jackie French (2014-2015) who was also awarded Senior Australian of the Year 2015!
The 2016 to 2017 Australian Children's Laureate
will be announced early next year.

            Funds are needed for the next Laureate term to keep this fabulous program flying.
            So, we urge you to join the campaign: Love your Laureate  
           Raise the funds needed and keep the momentum going!
Upcoming Books Illustrated Events 

Federation Square Book Market with Judy Watson - Saturday June 13
Judy will join us from 12pm to 3pm. 

Meet Judy and celebrate the release of her latest picture book Thunderstorm Dancing, written by Katrina Germein and published by Allen & Unwin. Thunderstorm Dancing is a rumbling tumbling story about a family that dances through a wild thunderstorm, and a little girl who shines in the golden calm when the storm passes.

Judy Watson is a Melbourne based illustrator and designer who has illustrated a number of children's books, including the Extraordinary Ernie and Marvellous Maud series by Frances Watts. 
The first Ernie and Maud book became a Notable Book in the Younger Readers category of the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Her picture book with Frances Watts Goodnight, Mice! won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction in 2012.

You can find lots of interesting information about this new book on Judy’s website including the fact that it took her three years to illustrate. The medium and techniques she used were ink and watercolour on litho paper with digital overlays added on the computer. You can also read about the progress of her current book Leonard Doesn’t Dance. 

Judy will be demonstrating some of her techniques on the day and you can have a book personally signed!
She’s also prepared some craft activity sheets based on the book for little ones that can be taken away.

Check out Judy's prints and books on Books Illustrated's website.
Judy’s website –
Literary gift ideas - Judy Watson books and prints from
Prime Minister's Award winning Goodnight, Mice!

Prints and Signed Books for sale 
Other May events not to be missed ...

The CBCA are offering more chances to hear CBCA Victorian Judge, Jane Parsons, talk enthusiastically and inspirationally about the shortlisted books in this year’s CBCA Awards. 

Tuesday16 June
6.00pm – 8.00pm
at Plaza Library, Werribee Plaza Shopping Centre, Shop MM20, Level 1
Corner of Heaths & Derrimut Roads, Werribee
This is a free event, but numbers are limited, so please book by
emailing the Vic Branch office:

Tuesday 23rd June 
 4.15pm (for a 4.30pm start) 

Shepparton High School, Hawdon Street, Shepparton 
RSVP: Tuesday 16th June 2015 
Zarina Fleming 5821 4322 or
Drinks & nibbles provided
 Coming soon ... our next Behind the Studio Door featuring Anna Walker!
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