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VIPS drinks in Sydney: M Venkatesh and Swati Roy (Bookaroo Literature Festival Directors), Ann James, Ann Haddon, Yuko Tanaka (Kawade Shobo Shinsha) and Justine Alltimes

Report from Sydney Writers Festival and the Visiting International Publishers program
Last month we had the pleasure of exhibiting the Hello! from Australia 2015/16 exhibition as part of the Australia Council's Visiting International Publishers (VIPS) program, delivered alongside the Sydney Writers Festival.

Ann Haddon, Ann James and Justine Alltimes met with the visiting children's publishers to introduce them to books featured in the exhibition and other key illustrated titles representing the broader Australian Children's publishing industry.

Hello! from Australia reinforces how strong connections with different cultures can be successfully developed through illustration.

Yuko Tanaka, Chief Editor, Kawade Shobo Shinsha Ltd – Tokyo, Japan, introduced us to a beautiful, innovative book Knock! Knock! by Japanese illustrator Kaori Takahashi. Originally published in English by the Indian publisher Tara Books, now published in Japanese by Kawade Shobo Shinsha.

Federation Square Book Market
Saturday June 18

Guest illustrator Charlotte Lance
Time: 12noon - 2pm

Meet author illustrator Charlotte Lance. Watch as she demonstrates her illustration techniques and have her brand new picture book personally signed. An exhibition of the original illustrations from This Girl That Girl is on at No Vacancy Gallery in the QV building in Melbourne – May 25 to June 5 - no-vacancy.com.au
This Girl That Girl is published by Allen & Unwin and is for sale in hardback for $24.99.
A gorgeous, clever and playful picture book about two girls who live next door to each other, but have completely opposite approaches to the world. Even though they're next-door-neighbours, this girl and that girl are miles apart. Or are they? One day, with a little help from their dads, they make a surprising discovery. A funny and heartwarming story.
Other books by Charlotte include A really super Hero and I have a Dog (an inconvenient Dog
Charlotte Lance on Books Illustrated.
Illustration Inspiration

Opportunity for Australia Book Illustrators to promote their work in the 3rd Nami Concours - Applications open in July! 

Nami Concours, an illustration contest initiated by Nami Island in South Korea, in 2013, is one of Nami Island’s main cultural activities to offer extensive support for children's book artists.

The first concours in 2013 received 619 entries from 42 countries and the second concours in 2015 received 1330 entries from 76 countries.
The online application period for the 3rd Nami Concours is from 1 July until 30 September. For more information please visit Nami Concours official website.

Marc Martin
"My book 'A River' was selected to be a part of the 2015 Nami Concours exhibition on Nami Island. The Nami Concours occurs alongside the The Nami Island International Children’s Book Festival (NAMBOOK), and allowed my work to be exhibited amongst renowned illustrators from across the globe to a large number of visitors at the event. I would encourage any picture-book maker interested in showcasing their work to an international audience to enter the concours."

Ann James proudly holding up the Nami Concours award catalogue with Marc Martin's entry in front of a huge print-on-canvas of his illustration from his latest book 'A River' illustration which was a feature at the Hello! from Australia exhibition 2015-2016.
Other June events and awards
Victorian Branch of the CBCA Judge’s talk
Thursday 16th June 2016 from 7pm
Library, Ground Floor, Dorothy McGuinness Centre (DMC) at Sacré Cœur, 172 Burke Rd, Glen Iris.
$15 Members, $25 Non-Members

Jane Parsons, Victorian Judge for the 2016 Children’s Book of the Year Awards, will speak about the Short Listed and Notable books.

View a display of illustrations from the 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition at this event. 

Several other judge’s talks will be held in various parts of Victoria – check the website and the National CBCA website for information on talks in other parts of Australia.
Numbers are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.
Book here
The Hush Treasure Book Exhibition
April 11 - Sept 16 
Dromkeen Homestead

This exhibition showcases original illustrations from this rich collection of stories by a selection of Australia’s favourite authors and illustrators. A feature is the sculptures created for the cover image by Kevin Burgemeestre. 
Buy the Hush Treasure book
Meet the Australian Children's Laureate
June 8th, Genazzano FCJ College, Kew

Meet Australian Children’s Laureate and bestselling author of Old Tom and Mr Chicken, Leigh Hobbs, find out what makes this former art teacher so successful and how, as our brand new laureate, he sees his role as chief advocate for children’s books in Australia.
Books Illustrated will display a range of fabulous prints by Leigh.
Enquiries: events@thekidsbookshop.com.au

Entry by gold coin donation to Australian Children’s Laureate Alliance
Book Here
June with the Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh's It’s your story Calendar June theme is Hear a Story, See a Story, Feel a Story! visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. The illustration for June's theme is from Leigh's book The Big Book of Mr Badger.

We are excited to announce that Leigh Hobbs has released a new range of Limited Edition prints. Printed by Lytlewode Press this range of quality prints are now available for sale.
Buy Now
Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate.
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