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Vale Kim Gamble
The death of Australian children’s book illustrator Kim Gamble on Feb 19 saddened the Children's Book community.

We would like to join others in acknowledging Kim's important and lasting contribution to Australian Children’s Literature, in which he became most widely known through the Tashi book series. He was a consummate artist equally at admired for his skill with oils, watercolour or pastel.

Sydney Morning Herald's Jacqui Taffel wrote an article in memory of Kim Gamble published on 20th February 2016. 

Joseph Was Blessed p. 7 from 'Joseph' published by Allen & Unwin, 1998 

Tashi – pencil illustrations for the Tashi stories and watercolour for the Tashi picture books.

Missing Kim Gamble

Dear Kim Gamble will be missed by our children’s book world. And, closer to home for me, friends of Books Illustrated, young and old alike who have been touched by Kim and his work, in many ways. His teaching by demonstration gave kids structure and technique simultaneously, and always resulted in proud, beaming children. A successful magic!  

Over many years I learnt lots from Kim – about teaching and making pictures. Watching him build an illustration as Anna read or told a story was totally absorbing. My shooting stars, applauded by hundreds of kids over the years, were a gift from Kim - created with a quick slidy flick of dry chalk.

One afternoon at Books Illustrated when we were at Gasworks, a few illustrators were hanging around chatting together about how we approach drawing an object or figure. Greg said he looks at light and shadows, David said he notices surfaces and texture, Kim said he looks for shapes and puts them together, I said I follow the contours…It was a fascinating thing to realize how differently we interpret what we see, and that each of us not only has a different voice, but a different language.  

If you didn’t know Kim personally you can gather quite a sense of him through his art. You are even closer if you’ve watched while one of his images grew as he drew, from back to front.  Describing his illustrations is quite like describing Kim: responsive, playful, layered, moody, glowing, deep, gentle, warm, mysterious, magical and lovely - with a special light.
Ann James

Books Illustrated Featured Touring Exhibition for hire 

Schools and libraries planning for ANZAC Day April 25th might like to consider our ANZAC Illustrated print exhibition 

Many books have been published in Australia marking the centenary of the start of World War 1 in 1914 and the beginning of the ANZAC legend with the landing of Australian and New Zealand troups at Gallipoli in 1915.

This exhibition celebrates quite unique approaches to creating illustrated books for children on these themes. Tales are told from many perspectives by well-known voices.
Image from An Anzac Tale by Ruth Starke, illustrated by Greg Holfeld (Working Title Press).

Exhibition Title ANZAC Illustrated
Content 23 Limited edition giclee prints, exhibition introduction panels and print labels
Print presentation Mounted on core board with mylar plastic covering - Velcro compatible tabs.
Insurance Venue to cover insurance on site and Books Illustrated to cover insurance in transit.
Hire Fee $200 (not including freight) 

Visit our exhibitions page or email us for more information. 
Books Illustrated International Touring Exhibitions 

Jennifer Chou, International Division of Taipei Book Fair

Hello! from Australia (HFA), initially curated for the 2015 Bologna Book Fair, recently featured on the Australian Pavilion Stand at the Taipei International Book Expo (TIBE). This exhibition of 30 giclee prints showcases and promotes Australian illustrated books and supports Australian publishers in the sale of international rights. The rights catalogue was updated for TIBE and Ann James & Justine Alltimes, who attended the 6 day fair came back buzzing with enthusiasm at the interest in our books by many Taiwanese agents, publishers and the general public.

We would like to say a huge thank you to Sam Huang at Austrade Taipei for her incredible support and Nerrilee Weir, rights manager at Penguin Random House, both with such experience and specialist knowledge of the Taiwanese publishing market were the perfect guides. 

Overall we felt that the Taiwanese are a dedicated nation of readers with a real interest in beautiful designed children's and adult books. View Jimmy Liao's illustration as an example of a highly successful creator working in this market.

Here are some photos of the trip!

Ann James giving a talk at the Salon, TIBE, on the contemporary scene in Australian Children's Picture Book Publishing, which included an insight into the HFA project, interesting reading initiatives like the Australian Children's Laureate, Reading Australia, Bolinda Borrow Box Library and Story Box Library. Ann showed slides of all of the illustrations featured in the exhibition, the background here you can see Silly Birds by Gregg Dreise (Magabala Books).

Lots of interest followed Ann's talks, especially on the public days of the fair. 

We enjoyed a delicious coffee and interesting conversations at the Hyatt Hotel for a meeting with (photo left to right) Diana Herh, VP of (International Locus Publishing), Rex How (Chairman of Locus Publishing), Ann James, Justine Alltimes and Sam Huang (Austrade Taipei). 

As Hungary was the focus country for TIBE 2016 we had the pleasure of meeting Hungarian illustrator Irisz Agocs. Irisz (in the red talking about her work) illustrated the Big Hug series written by Shona Innes and published by The Five Mile Press Australia. She was very excited that her Big Hug books were part of the Hello! from Australia rights exhibition and to meet fellow Five Mile Press author-illustrator Ann James. 

Visit the Books Illustrated Facebook page for more photographs from the trip and examples of foreign titles being published into Taiwan. 
Limited edition prints
Leigh Hobbs Australian Children’s Laureate for 2016/17

Leigh's It’s your story Calendar 
March theme is Navigate a Story, visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. In the limited edition print below Mr Chicken is trying to navigate Paris' Arc de Triomphe! This wonderful print is available on our website

Mr Chicken atop the Arc de Triomphe, Limited edition print, $250
Available Now
Did you know that there is little gift version available of Mr Chicken Lands on London (Allen & Unwin) personally signed by Leigh Hobbs? Mr Chicken and Leigh are currently travelling in the UK with Speakers Ink, this follows an  insightful interview with Leigh on the UK blog Playing by the book.

Limited edition prints, signed books and original artwork available by Leigh Hobbs at Books Illustrated. 
Other March events and awards

Dromkeen Literature Festival – Saturday March 19 
10am to 4pm

An exciting event suitable for children, teachers, librarians, families and all children’s book enthusiasts. There will be opportunities to meet and listen to a marvelous team of authors, illustrators, cartoonists and storytellers.

Check out the program and don’t miss this last opportunity to see The John Barrow Collection exhibition in Victoria. We will attend the festival and give a talk about the exhibition as part of the program 11am to 12noon.

Patricia Mullins with one of her original illustrations from Shoes from Grandpa

This is an important personal and eclectic range of Australian children's book illustration collected by teacher, storyteller and picture book enthusiast John Barrow over the 1980’s, 90’s and 2000's.
When John died he left his collection to Books Illustrated. We have been delighted to have been able to show this collection in honour of John and in celebration of the revival of the spirit of children’s literature at the Dromkeen Homestead. We are thrilled to report that this collection has recently been accepted by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literature (formally, and still incorporating the Lu Rees Archives) and will soon be freighted to the Canberra University where the NCACL is located.

National Centre for Children’s Literature
Celebrating the centenary of the School Magazine

Join with the National Centre for Australian Children's Literature in celebrating the centenary of The School Magazine. Was The School Magazine (formally the NSW School Magazine) part of your childhood? Or are you a teacher whose children currently receive it? You might be surprised to know that it is celebrating its centenary this year. It is the longest continuously published magazine in Australia and the creators, whose work filled its pages over all that time, are some of our best children's authors and illustrators. Through reading the School Magazine children are introduced to the best in children's literature and many become lifelong readers as a result. 

The National Centre for Children's Literature are inviting everyone to whom The School Magazine is, or was, a part of their childhood reading, to send them a few words about what the magazine means or meant to them. These memories are part of the magazine's own story.

The art of Nick Bland on sale for a special cause!

Nick Bland, 2012, The Very Hungry Bear page 6-7, 64 x 41 cm, acrylic on paper, cat no. NB12-33

Nick Bland has decided to sell some of the original artwork from his past ten years of publishing. This is quite a special opportunity for as Nick says 'None of the works up for sale have ever been sold as prints or in any other form apart from inside the books for which they were produced.'

His book The Wrong Book was the most borrowed Australian picture book in libraries in 2014/15. 

The artist's proceeds will be donated to DASSAN (Darwin Asylum Seeker Support and Advocacy Network).
View Nick Bland's exhibition
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