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Books Illustrated, Gallery & Showroom

Melbourne Festival: Live Illustration
Books Illustrated participated in the children’s program organized over the weekend of Oct 19 & 20 in Federation Square as part of the Melbourne Festival. The atrium was bustling with activity and play and many visitors enjoyed meeting the children’s book creators at our stand over the weekend …

Photo above: Terry Denton talking with 39-Storey Treehouse fans and a bubblewrap Sea-God.

Chinese Publisher opens branch Melbourne
Phoenix Publishers & Media Group, one of the largest publishing houses in China, and 16th largest in the world, has chosen Melbourne as the place for their new branch in Australia. As well as strengthening trade connections with the Australian market and Publishing Industry they aim to develop cultural ties. An agreement between Phoenix and Melbourne University Press was signed during the ceremony.

Due to our recent projects and consequent publishing connections in China,  Books Illustrated was invited to attend the launch at the Langham Hotel on Wednesday October 23. Ann James' presentation focused on a personal connection she has developed with a subdivision of Phoenix, Oriental Babies in Nanjing, who have published three of her books with another negotiation in progress. She also focused on the future possibilities of cultural exchange, with exhibitions of illustration and exchanges between illustrators in Australia and China.


Books Illustrated at Fed Square Book Market
Saturday Nov 9 - with Andrew Weldon

Andrew Weldon will be promoting the fantastic new four-book series, Don't Look Now (Allen & Unwin) about taking risks and flying high. A unique collaboration from children's book legend Paul Jennings and brilliant cartoonist Andrew Weldon. Andrew will be demonstrating and signing books at Fed Square between 2pm and 4pm.

'Don't Look Now': The other kids don't see things the same way as me. I spend a lot of time imagining things. I just don't get it. Inside my head I am not the same as other kids. Ricky is an ordinary boy, who dreams of being famous. And he has a secret that might just help him realise his dream. Because Ricky can fly. Truly. He can really fly. But there's a hitch. He can only fly when absolutely no one is looking. If a person, an animal or a bird sees him while he's flying, he will fall out of the sky and almost certainly die. But Ricky is desperate. Will he risk flying in public, just for a shot at fame?

We'll also have stock of Andrew's warm and funny picture book for a younger audience - Lazy Daisy, Busy Lizzie.

Open Days at the Books Illustrated Showroom
Sunday November 17 & Sunday December 8

We’ve scheduled open days on Sundays in November and December, so that families can visit us to see a range of unique gifts for Christmas and get expert advice in choosing that special book for that special child.
Showroom open from 12noon to 5pm.
Visitors on these days will be entered into a draw to WIN a signed Bird and Bear book & limited edition print by Ann James.

The Art of Offending: Nov 28 (CBCA and Zart Art Seminar)

Don’t miss the last event in the CBCA and Zart Art joint seminar series for 2013 on November 28, 5.30pm to 8.00pm.
Matt Ottley’s Requiem for a Beast (Picture Book of the Year 2008) has been one of the most controversial books in the history of publishing for young people in Australia. Matt Ottley will talk about books, music and artworks that have caused outrage.
Bookings - $30 CBCA members /$40 non members – cbca,Vic.

A festive occasion to share the highlights of Alison and Boori's inaugural Laureateship and to welcome Australia's Children's new Laureate for 2014 and 2015. 
Where: Wheeler Centre
Date: Nov 29 2013
Time: 6 - 8pm
Ticket price: $40 - tickets are limited so book now at:
Celebrate the announcement of the next Australian Children’s Laureate and congratulate the two very special people who will be concluding the first term of this inaugural position in Australia.
The evening includes a Silent Auction including some unique opportunities: Lunch/Dinner with the new Laureate at the 2014 Melbourne Writers' Festival; have your favourite pet included in Ann James' next picture book, just to name a few... Visit the Laureate website to find out more:
New Limited Edition prints in stock!
Narelle Oliver is the author and illustrator of a number of award-winning picture books. We now have signed copies and limited edition prints from her new picture book Don't Let a Spoonbill in the Kitchen! for sale.

"With detailed lino cutt and collage illustrations, this enjoyable story is ideal to read aloud thanks to the rhythm and rhyme of the text. Children will love the chaotic results when the birds are taken out of their natural environment."
Susan Whelan, Kids Book Review.

Original Artwork for sale!

We have original art work from a range of Australian illustrators for sale including Terry Denton from the hugely-popular Treehouse series! The latest book, 39-Storey Treehouse is topping the charts in bookshop bestseller lists all over Australia. Signed books available also.

Little Golden Books and Vintage Original Illustration Collection  

Books Illustrated showroom continues its display of original vintage Illustrations from overseas. Individual illustrations are still available for purchase from these books –  Mother GooseThe Pink Panther and the Fancy Party and Raggedy Ann and the Cookie Snatcher.  

A rare opportunity to purchase these vintage illustrations.  See these gems for yourself!

Limited edition printsoriginal illustrations and books (many signed) can be viewed and purchased by making an appointment to visit our showrooms.

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