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ILF project cooked up at Nhulunbuy!
We were privilaged to have been invited to take part in an Indigenous Literacy Foundation project on the Gove Peninsular from Wednesday October 25 to Wednesday November 1.
We worked with approximately 30 Indigenous students, ranging from 7 to 13 years, in the ESL unit at the Nhulunbuy Primary School. Days were chock-a-block full of fun and work. The kids personally introduced us to their salt water country on a trip out to the beaches. The animals and plants, land and sea, featured in their drawings, paintings and words. So much creative energy was captured in these using an exciting range of art materials and tools, including charcoal picked up from a campfire on the beach!
A picture book we'll all be proud of will surely grow from these before too long.

Read more about this project on our events page and on the ILF website ...
 
A SPECIAL SHAUN TAN EXHIBITION!
 
Shaun Tan's Bakers Dozen: an exhibition of 13 small oil paintings
On exhibit from Sunday November 12 to Saturday December 2

Online viewing of all works NOW on Books Illustrated website

Sales open 12 noon, Sunday November 12
at Books Illustrated, 74 Mills Street, Albert Park
or
 0439031915 / info@booksillustrated.com.au

OPEN DAY at Books Illustrated - Sunday November 12 

All Day from 10am to 5pm
•  see Shaun Tan's Bakers Dozen Exhibition - 13 small original oil paintings 
•  browse a selection of wonderful Australian picture books, prints and original illustrations

Between 2pm & 5pm
• meet picture book creators Shaun Tan, Bob Graham, Frances Watts and Ann James
Celebrate two new titles and have your books personally signed (bring your own too!).
• Bob Graham's new picture book, The Poesy Ring, Walker Books ($24.99)
• Frances Watts & Ann James's new picture book,  A Very Quacky Christmas, ABC Books ($24.99)
 
New Signed Books and Limited Edition Giclee Prints

Sadami Konchi is an enthusiastic children's picture book illustrator and award winning portraitist based in Sydney. One of her greatest strengths is drawing and painting empathetic lively portraits. In 2017 Sadami was shortlisted for the Doug Moran Prize for portraits. Her first trade picture book,Moon written by Matt Zurbo was published in August 2015. Her latest picture book, My Dog Socks, was launched in Melbourne in October by publisher Ford Street.
 
                             Signed copies of the hard back copy of the book of My Dog Socks $24.95

Print title
, My Dog Socks                                                          Print title, Splashing & crashing 
Limited edition print,  340mm(w) x 360mm (h)                         Limited edition print, 455mm(w) x 260mm (h

Edition of 50                                                                              Editon of 50
Price: $120                                                                        Price: $195
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Books Illustrated touring exhibitions - available for hire now
laterBooks Illustrated's ANZAC Exhibitions
Many beautiful and moving stories about ANZAC and more recent wars and conflict have featured in picture books published in Australia over the past few years. Books Illustrated has two exhibitions of illustrations from many of these books available to tour. A diversity of styles and content make these exhibitions interesting and inspiring for all ages. 
With the anniversary of ANZAC coming to its conclusion later next year, schools, libraries and galleries might like to consider booking either of these ANZAC themed exhibitions
ANZAC Illustrated - includes original illustrations from a wide range of Australian picture book artists.  It features the work of Mark Wilson, whose writing and illustrating concerning the theme of war are well known and admired. This exhibition includes a section on Mark's illustration and research process - tools and techniques - and is suitable for art galleries.
ANZAC Illustrated print exhibition -  includes 24 limited edition prints. This exhibition is suitable for libraries and similar venues

 Illustration: working drawing by Jane Tanner from The Soldier's Gift written by Tony Palmer, Penguin/Viking
 
Illustration Inspiration

The River, written & illustrated by Marc Martin (published by Penguin Random House,Australia and Chronicle Books,USA) is one of the ten books chosen for the 
New York Times and New York Public Library's Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2017.
Congratulations to Marc on this recognition!
You can view & purchase limited edtion giclee prints & signed copies of the book from The River on our website
 
Other November events and awards
JOIN US!!!
The Indigenous Literacy Foundation invites you
to attend its major annual Victorian fundraising event,
hosted by RocKwiz’s Brian Nankervis.


29th November 2017
6pm to 9pm
Fitzroy Town Hall 

Wine, beer and food trucks available on the night, or BYO if you’d prefer.
There will be a fabulous silent auction
and a raffle with must-have prizes.

$35 per ticket or $300 for a table of ten.
Book now through trybooking.com/RMMT


Spread the word and join us for a night of fun facts and fundraising!
The winners of the 2017 Speech Pathology Australia Book of the Year awards were announced on Nov 2.
Birth to three years - 
Noisy Nature (Mandy A Kuhne, illus by Alex Kuhne, Mandy Pandy Books)
Three to five years - Me and You (Deborah Kelly, illus by Karen Blair, Viking)
Five to eight years - Somewhere Else (Gus Gordon, Viking)
Eight to 10 yearsm - Artie and the Grime Wave (Richard Roxburgh, A&U)
Indigenous children - Mad Magpie (Gregg Dreise, Magabala).
More information of these awards at The Speech Pathology Australia
 
                                             (2016 White Ravens catalogue cover)
 Books of international interest that deserve a wider reception based on their universal theme and/or their exceptional and often innovative artistic and literary style and design are selected each year to be included in the White Ravens catalogue produced by the International Youth Library in Germany. 
The 2017 catalogue was released on October 12 and an exhibition of these books will be shown at Bologna Children's Book Fair in Italy early next year and include these books by Australian authors and illustrators - Iris and the Tiger - Leanne Hall (Text); Magrit - Lee Battersby, (Walker Books); One Would Think the Deep - Claire Zorn (UQP); Somewhere Else - Gus Gordon (Viking);The Stars at Oktober Bend - Glenda Millard (A&U). 

Congratulations all!
Two Australian creators, Shaun Tan in 2011 and author Sonya Hartnett in 2008, have previously won the Astrid Lindgren Award which is the richest international children’s and young adult literature award in the world and carries a cash prize of five million krona (A$785,929).
Nine Australian authors and illustrators and one Australian organisation have been nominated for the 2018 award which will be announced early 2018 in Stockholm and the Bologna Children's Book Fair. They are, authors & Illustrators Randa Abdel-Fattah, Ursula Dubosarsky,Mem Fox,Morris Gleitzman,Gus Gordon, Robert Ingpen, Margo Lanagan, Kirsty Murray, Margaret Wild and The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Fingers crossed!
A stunning new edition of The World of Books by Des Cowley & Clare Williamson,has been released to coincide with the State Library of Victoria's exhibition on the wonderful world of books.

Beautifully illustrated,The World of the Book is a celebration, drawing upon the rare collections of State Library Victoria. A journey through time and across the globe, this volume features great books and publishing innovations of the past and present. It also revels in the sheer beauty of books as objects to be desired and treasured. Within these covers you will discover an illuminated manuscript created for the Medici family of Florence in 1479; masterpieces of early printing, such as Gutenberg’s Bible \works by the great botanical and natural history artists, such as Redouté, Audubon and Gould; the woodblock books of Japanese artist Hokusai; to Virginia Woolf; children’s books, Beat literature and pulp fiction, graphic novels, artists’ books and contemporary graphic design.
The World of the Book pays homage to our love of books, and demonstrates the book’s long and rich traditions and its great contributions to modern life.

 
November with the Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh Hobbs's It’s your story Calendar November theme is Sing a Story, Rhyme a Story.  Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. 

Print title Mr Punch at the opera (unpublished )
Limited edtion:250
 Size: 200mm (w) x 160mm (h)
                                                                          Price: $250
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Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate
and 
Reading Australia, a Copyright Agency initiative.
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