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EVENTS coming up!
Clunes Booktown for Kids 
Saturday November 1, Clunes book town

By popular demand, the inaugural Clunes Booktown for Kids will be held on Saturday November 1. The festival is aimed at children 5-12 and their families. 

As part of the festival an Anzac Exhibition curated by Books Illustrated will be shown at the Clunes RSL -  the perfect setting; with authentic, local memorabilia and displays, linking to real life during the war.   

Download the program here. 
Ann James at Federation Square book market
Saturday November 8

Watch the artist at work and have some books personally signed !

Limited edition prints and signed books by Ann James available for sale. 

Save the date
Sunday December 7th from 1pm to 5pm

Dromkeen Homestead, 1012 Gisborne-Kilmore Road, Riddells Creek VIC 3431

Books Illustrated presents:
The John Barrow Collection of Australian Children's Book Illustration 
Collected between 1988 and 2004
Followed by refreshments and a tour of Dromkeen Homestead
Download the invitation here and RSVP by Dec 1 

Featured Books for November
Recently chosen as part of Guardian UK 50 best culturally diverse children's books we are excited to announce the release of the new paperback edition of The Arrival by Shaun Tan. 

What drives so many to leave everything behind and journey alone to a mysterious country, a place without family or friends, where everything is nameless and the future is unknown. This silent graphic novel is the story of every migrant, every refugee, every displaced person, and a tribute to all those who have made the journey.

The Arrival has become one of the most critically acclaimed books of recent years, a wordless masterpiece that describes a world beyond any familiar time or place. Sited as No 35 in The Times 100 Best Books of all time.

Signed books and limited edition prints available. 
Over the Hills and Far Away
Published in support of Seven Stories in Newcastle, UK
6 Australian illustrators were invited to be part of the project including: Ann James, Shaun Tan, Gus Gordon, Bob Graham, Bruce Whatley and Robert Ingpen

There are 150 rhymes in this collection, from countries all over the English-speaking world, including Great Britain, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ghana, South Africa and the Caribbean. This comprehensive collection contains all the best-loved nursery rhymes, but also some new discoveries, and vibrant rhymes from Native American, First Nation, Inuit and Maori cultures. Each double-page spread is illustrated by a different artist, who has donated his or her work to the Collection or Archive at Seven Stories, Britain’s National Centre for Children’s Books. With 77 featured artists, this is a star-studded roll call of international award-winners and world-class bestselling illustrators, as well as young emerging talent.
Congratulations to Australian Award-winners and short listed authors and illustrators:

Books selected for the Hello! from Australia exhibition 2015, Bologna Book Fair 
32 Australian books - out of the 109 submitted by 24 publishers - have been selected for 2015 Hello! from Australia exhibition - the annual promotion celebrating Australian children’s book illustration and culture at Bologna Children’s Book Fair. To view the list of titles click on our media release here. 

2014 Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists announced
Children’s fiction shortlist 

Silver Buttons - Bob Graham (Walker Books (UK)) Kissed by the Moon - Alison Lester (Puffin) Rules of Summer- Shaun Tan (A Lothian Children’s Book by Hachette Australia) Song for a Scarlet Runner - Julie Hunt (Allen & Unwin) My Life as an Alphabet - Barry Jonsberg (Allen & Unwin)

2015 Astrid Lindgren Award
Oz, NZ authors and illustrators nominated for 2015 Astrid Lindgren Award
Australian authors: Ursula Dubosarsky, Libby Gleeson, Morris Gleitzman and Mem Fox are among the 197 nominees for the 2015 award. Dubosarsky, Gleitzman and Fox were also nominated in 2014.
New Zealand author Joy Cowley and author and illustrator Lynley Dodd are also in the running for the award. Both Cowley and Dodd were nominated in 2014. Read more at the Bookseller + Publisher.

Speech Pathology Australia 2014 Book of the Year Award Winners:
  • Birth to 3 years (the Let’s Read category): I'm a Dirty Dinosaur by Janeen Brian and Ann James

  • Three to 5 years: A Swim in the Sea by Sue Whiting and Meredith Thomas

  • Five to 8 years: Silver Buttons by Bob Graham

  • Eight to 10 years: The Adventures of Sir Roderick the Not-Very Brave by James O’Loughlin

  • Indigenous childrenDeadly D & Justice Jones – Making the Team by Scott Prince and Dave Hartley.

View a complete list of all the books shortlisted in 2014.

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