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.
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
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.
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
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)
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.
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
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.
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
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).