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The Hello! from Australia exhibition on the Australian Collective stand
Illustrator Anne Ryan on the creator's table 

Report on 2017 Bologna Childen's Book Fair, April 2 to 6
Books Illustrated was proud to have been part of reinstating a collective Australian stand at this year's book Fair in April. The buzz around the stand reafirmed its importance in registering Australia's presence at this preeminent international forum for children's books and book illustration. This presence was highlighted further this year as two of the independent publishers on the Australian collective stand took out prestigious Bologna Book Fair awards - Maree Coote's Spellbound, Melbournestyle Books, won the non fiction Ragazzi Award and Berbay Books won best publisher 2017, Oceania region.
13 creators attended the fair and took part on the creator's table at the stand .....
Our Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs, attended the fair and participated in International Laureate Summit events - take a look at the Laureate website. 

Read and see more about Bologna in our EVENTS section on our website
After Bologna we had a fabulous time with friends in Florence and spent a memorable Easter in Umbria. We returned home via London where we caught up with (our now UK colleague) Justine Alltimes and were lucky enough to have time to visit both marvellous TATE Galleries: Modern and Britain. AND we visited the House of Illustration. The last time we visited they were just preparing to open and the paint was still wet.  It was great to see it now in full swing with three very interesting exhibitions. A beauty in the small Quentin Blake gallery (dedicated to featuring illustrators of his choice) currently features the energetic and inspiring drawings of Linda Kitson. We were also very fortunate to see a brilliant production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time (from the book by Mark Haddon). If you have a chance, you must not miss it!.

Read more and see more photos in the EVENTS section of our website 
Report on Clunes Booktown weekend - May 6 & 7

The program was stimulating, the visitors were enthusiastic, the weather was kind, and so we enjoyed a great book weekend again in Clunes.

Many visitors to our stand on Saturday were lucky to be able to watch Trace Balla at work!

We now have available for sale, signed copies of her latest book, The Thank You Dish, published by Allen & Unwin, $19.99
 
Melbourne Federation Square Book Market
Saturdays, 11am to 5pm 


After a break in April, while we were away overseas, we are back into our regular attendance at the Fed Square Book Market. You can visit us at our stand where we promote new books and prints on many Saturdays.
Our monthly enews give notice of the special days where we invite featured author/illustrators to be on the stand to show & tell and personally sign copies of their books.

On Saturday 12 May we'll be showcasing those last minute, but just perfect, Mother's Day gift ideas.

On Saturday 20 we'll be showcasing Indigenous books in the lead up to National Sorry Day, May 26, followed by Reconcilation Week starting May 27.  


 
Mothers Day ideas
You have my Heart  3, Illustration  print by Robin Cowcher ($90) from the book
You have my Heart written by Corinne Fenton, published by Five Mile Press ($14.99) 
Picture book, Mad Magpie, written & illustrated by Gregg Dreise, published by Magabala Books, 2016. $24.95 (hardback)
New Signed Books and Limited Edition Giclee Prints

This month we are delighted to be able to offer new limited edition giclee prints made from original illustrations by Gabrielle Wang for her new novel The Beast of Hushing Wood, published by Penguin Books, 2017.
 
Print title: The Beast of Hushing Wood.  Full cover (colour)
Limited edition giclee print - 277mm (w) x 208mm (h)

Price: $110

Print Title: Strange Happenings                                    Print: The Trickster is Here
Size: 115mm(w) x 185mm(h)                                        Size: 115mm(w) x 185mm (h)
Price: $90                                                                      Price: $90
 
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Illustration Inspiration

Seen recently at the TATE Modern in London - a huge tactile drawing wall enticing visitors to make their mark ... 

Read more and see photos in the EVENTS section of our website
 
OTHER MAY EVENTS 

Learning From Country Exhibition May 15-July 31
Sydney, NSW


Nadia Wheatley and Ken Searle invite you to visit Learning from Country, a retrospective exhibition of artwork and other materials from their many award winning books.
More on this 
We congratulate all authors, illustrators and publishers who have books
shortlisted in this year's CBCA Book of the Year Awards!
CBCA branches in each state and Territory have events promoting
and informing on the awards and the judging process.
Those attending the Victorian Branch event on May 18 will also have the chance
to view the 2017 Hello! from Australia exhibition that promoted current Australian illustrated books at this year's Bologna Children's Book Fair in April.
 Details & bookings. 
Join in this national focus on readng Australian Children's books at 11am 
further details

Also check out the new reading of The Cow tripped over the Moon  by Eddie Perfect from the wonderful Storybox Library - Just Perfect!
 

The Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) is the biggest industry event on the nation’s literary calendar to acknowledge the best books and finest talent in the
book business. The Awards will be presented at Art Gallery NSW, with MC Magda Szubanski (ABIA Book of the Year Award-winner) on Thursday, 25 May. 

Michael Gordon-Smith, CEO of the APA, comments:
Congratulations to all ABIA 2017 shortlisted authors and their publishers. The APA is proud to present the 17th Annual ABIAs that promotes book publishing excellence and acknowledges the finest homegrown talent across the book industry. It is a night to celebrate the books Australians love and our thriving local book industry that invests in Australian writers, creates culture and enhances our national literacy.
 
A Child's World in Pictures: 25 years of Illustration - the art of Anne Spudvilas  
Opening Sunday May 28 at 3pm
 RSVP to Dromkeen Homestead, Riddells Creek, Victoria.
 
These dates mark two milestones in Australia’s reconciliation journey: The 1967 referendum and the historic Mabo decision, respectively. In 2017, we reflect on two significant anniversaries in Australia’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision. As we commemorate these significant milestones, we ask all Australians to be a part of the next big steps in our nation’s reconciliation journey - reconciliation.org.au
 

Reading Australia This month recognises Reconciliation Week (27 May–3 June) and NAIDOC Week (2–9 July) and promotes our wonderful Indigenous authors and illustrators . They have released four brand new resources in partnership with Indigenous publisher, Magabala Books; and bring you a colouring sheet
by Gregg Dreise to share with your students!
May with the Australian Children's Laureate
Leigh Hobbs's It’s your story Calendar theme for the month of May is
Read the World a Story 
Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. 

Also login to Leigh Hobbs's blog where he is gathering support for his campaign for Libraries and art in schools ...
Read more
     Limited edition giclee print - Horrible Harriet about to strike
Artist: Leigh Hobbs
Image size: 250mm(w) x 180mm(h)
Book title : Character study from Horrible Harriet series
$175 - 
Purchase 
 
 
                 
                  BOOKS ILLUSTRATED EVENTS STARTING OFF THE MONTH


                        Clunes Book Fair Saturday May 6 & Sunday May 7 
 
A fascinating historic town with a Big book festival and a wonderful atmosphere!

Our stand will be in the Union Arts Building in the main Street where we'll have 
a display of prints and books promoting Australian authors and illustrators. 
Author & illustrator Ann James with her well-loved books Lucy Goosey, The ButterflyI'm a Dirty Dinosaur and most recently, Bird & Bear, will be demonstrating over the weekend.
On Saturday, from 12noon to 3pm, our guest author and illustrator will be Trace Balla with her newly released picture book The Thank You Dish , published by Allen & Unwin. 
Her other books include Rivertime, Rockhopping and Shine

Read more on the Booktown festival & program

Books Illustrated Touring Exhibitions 

This month sees the continuation of The Lost Thing - from Book to Film. An exhibition of original illustrations and developmental work by Shaun Tan at Hurstville Library Museum Gallery in NSW until July 16.

Three more exhibitions will be opening ...

• May 15 - Never be Late for a Parade - Parkes Regional Library Gallery, NSW.
  An exhibition of prints from original illustrations by Shaun Tan. (until Jun 16)

• May 16 - Inspired - Adelaide Festival Centre, SA. (until July 9)
   An exhibition of prints by a twenty-one Australian illustrators 

• May 25 - Hush - Avondale Hights Library & Learning Centre. (until July 16)
   An exhibition of original illustrations from The Hush Treasure Book.

Read more

Last weeks to catch Fine Focus: a  retrospective exhibition of
the work of
Rachel Tonkin
Now showing at Dromkeen Homestead at Riddells Creek (just north of Melbourne)
extended to May 20!
May with the Australian Children's Laureate
Leigh Hobb's It’s your story Calendar theme for May is
Read the world a Story .
Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions, activities and ideas. 

Also login to Leigh's blog where he is gathering support for his campaign for Libraries,teacher librarians and art in schools ...
Read more
     Limited edition giclee print - Horrible Harriet about to strike
Image size: 250mm(w) x 180mm(h)
Book title : Character study for the Horrible Harriet series
$175 - 
Purchase 
 
 
Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate
and Copyright Agency's, Reading Australia initiative.
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