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(Character sketches from The Bush Book Club by Ben Wood, Scholastic)

A Wild and Wood Picture Book Collaboration!
Books Illustrated is delighted to promote this March new release picture book The Bush Book Club, written by acclaimed picture book author Margaret Wild and illustrated by multi-talented Ben Wood, published by Scholastic Australia.
All the animals belong to the Bush Book Club and love to read. All except Bilby. He can't stay still long enough to 
read a book, not when there are somersaults and cartwheels and handstands to do. What would it take for Bilby to slow down and look into a book?
This is a picture book that everyone will want to share!

Ben has been illustrating for 10 years and has developed a wide range of illustration styles and skills using traditional and digital tools. Other books illustrated by him include Louie the Pirate Chef; Give me a home among the Gum Trees; The Wattle Tree and Red Caps Christmas.

Join us and meet Ben Wood at our stand at Fed Square Book Market on Saturday March 8!
Ben's signed books and limited edition prints are available for sale at

Fed Square Book Market
Ben Wood - our guest artist at Fed Square, Saturday March 8

Meet Ben in Melbourne on Saturday March 8th at the Books Illustrated stand in the Federation Square Book Market between 12.30 to 3pm. Watch Ben as he draws his characters and brings them to life with watercolour! Take the opportunity to have a chat and have a book personally signed.

Original Artwork For Sale - Mandy Foot 
We are very pleased to now be able to offer some original illustrations by Mandy Foot. As a wildlife artist and illustrator, Mandy is also well-known for her depiction of adorable Australian animals in her children's books, with a kaleidoscope of colours throughout the landscapes. From a bus driving wombat and his friends in The Wheels on the Bus, to a race of old fashioned cars in Captain Kangaroo and the Big Bush Bash, each spread tells it's own story. 

Tuesday March 11 
The annual CBCA, Vic branch Clayton’s Night is an established event in the Victorian Branch’s calendar. Gain an overview of books published in 2013 and compare your choices for shortlisting with a panel of knowledgeable presenters – Anna Burkley and Emma Baker (State Library of Victoria); Lachlann Carter (100 Story Building); Tye Cattanach (Penguin Books) and Sarah Mayor Cox (La Trobe University, Bendigo).
A highlight will be the announcement of the Leila St John Award for services to Children’s Literature in Victoria.
Download the BOOKING FORM and secure your place NOW!
Thursday April 3 
Indigenous Literacy Foundation
Trivia Night

Preston Town Hall, 284 Gower St, Melbourne - $30 a ticket.
Hosted by RocKwiz's Brian Nankervis
featuring great prizes and auction items.
Tickets now available. 

Wednesday March 26 
CBCA/Zart Seminar - Speakers Ben Sanders and Marc McBride (both illustrators & designers) and Tony Palmer (designer with Penguin Books) will discuss the roles and interaction of book designers and illustrators. Does the dual role makes life easier? Is the absence of a complementary ‘expert’ disadvantageous to the process of crafting a picture book? It promises to be a lively session hosted by Corinne Fenton! 
Booking is essential via the CBCA (VIC) office (CBCA member $30; Non-member $40; Student $20)

Venue: Zart Art, 4/41 Lexton Road, Box Hill North. Seminar runs from 6pm - 8pm. 
May 17 to August 24
For several months we have been having an exciting time curating this exhibition in partnership with the Lu Rees Archives in Canberra and the Canberra Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition runs from May 17 to August 24, and it will open on May 16 to coincide with the CBCA National Conference. So here's a reminder that registrations are open now! 
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