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Many people sprang into action forIndigenous Literacy Day on September 6
The day was celebrated at the Opera House in Sydney. Ann James and
ILF ambassadors including former Australian Children’s Laureate, Alison
Lester, Justine Clarke and Andy Griffiths, attended this celebration
which included the launch of The Goanna was Hungry. This book
of illustrated stories was created by eight children from three very
remote communities and two children from suburban Melbourne - and each
read their story to the enthusiastic audience. They worked with Sally
Morgan and Ann James at The Spinifex Writers Camp at Tjunjunjarra (WA)
in 2015. It is now an annual event organised by the Indigenous Literacy
Foundation (ILF). See below the clever mob with Quentin Bryce, ILF
Patron, who launched their book!
Booksellers from around Australia supported the day with a
percentage of their sales going to fund books being purchased for ILF
programs in remote Indigenous communities.
The aim of the ILF is to work towards raising the literacy levels
of Indigenous Australians living in remote communities through three
core programs: 1. The Book Supply program will have supplies 50,000 books to approximately 250 communities by the end of this year. 2. The Book Buzz program supplies culturally and
developmentally appropriate books and First language translations for
babies and toddlers in remote communities. 3. The Community Literacy Projects see Australian
authors and ILF ambassadors team up with major publishers and students
from remote communities to write and publish books in English and First
languages. Find out more about the work of the ILF and how you can be involved.
SPRING INTO ACTION to protect our AUSTRALIAN BOOK INDUSTRY Our Australian Book Industry supports wonderful projects and
actively promotes our booming Australian book industry and its creators.
BUT you should be aware that it's very foundations are being threatened!
Support the Australian Book Industry - Spring into action by September 23! The Australia Government is about to make significant changes to
copyright that will result in fewer Australian publishers, booksellers
and authors. If you value our Australian Book industry and quality
Visit www.bookscreateaustralia.com.au and pleasesign the petition.
Federation Square Book Market
Saturday September 24
Illustrator Craig Smith will be drawing on the big screen at Fed Square between 12 noon and 3pm.
Craig is a prolific illustrator on the Australian scene with many well known and award winning titles including, Billy the Punk, Tough Lester, Sister Madge's Book of Nuns, Heather
Fell in the Water,The Big Ball of String, The Windy Farm, Dr
Frankenstein's other Montser, I was only Nineteen, Remarkable Rexy and recently, Chooks in Dinner Suits.
This is a chance to have a chat with Craig and have some books personally signed.
Craig's latest book with author Paul Jennings, The Unforgettable What's his Name (Allen
& Unwin), is due to be published in November ... you may be
lucky to get a sneek preview of some of his illustrations for this new
book when you visit Fed Square this weekend!.
View Craig Smith's signed books and illustrations on Books Illustrated.
Exhibition: The Many Story Treehouse
Dates: Sept 6 to Oct 28, 2016
Venue: Childers Art Space at Bundaberg Regional Gallery in Qld
An interactive exhibition from the illustrator's point of view, showing
how Terry Denton develops the illustrations for the Treehouse series.
The exhibition includes all the original cover illustrations - plus
the one from the latest book, The 78-Storey Treehouse.
Hawkesbury Regional Gallery Exhibition Choose your Own Adventure - four exhibitions on the art of the book - including Shaun Tan's The Art of Story - Discovering The Lost Thing - Book to Film
Dates: Sept 9 to October 30, 2016
Venue: Hawsksbury Regional Gallery, NSW
A Child of Books by Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston, Walker Books
A beautiful, poignant and timely manifesto for the myriad rewards of reading and sharing the enjoyment of stories.
Oliver's art is combined with Sam's typographical landscapes -
beautifully shaped from excerpts of children's classics and lullabies -
to create a celebration of books and to encourage readers of all ages to
have an immersive and unforgettable reading experience that they will
want to pass on to others. Oliver Jeffers & Sam Winston talk about their collaboration on this book
Other September events and awards
Australian Picture Book Illustration Exhibitions at two venues
Customs House gallery presents two exhibitions running through September to October 2
• Draw me a Story features illustrations by 16 artists including Ritva Voutila.
At Blarney Books and Art - 37 James St Port Fairy, Victoria
• Draw me a Story features illustrations by Craig Smith from Chooks in Dinner Suits.
At Customs House gallery - 85 Dawson St, Hawkesdale Vic Customs House Gallery
New UK prize for illustration
The winner of the inaugural Klaus Flugge Prizewas announced on September 6.
Similar to the Crichton Award (established by the Children's Book Council of Australia), the Klaus Flugge Prize is
for the most exciting and promising newcomer to children’s picture
book illustration in the UK. The inaugural winner is Nicholas John Frith with his book Hector and Hummingbird (Alison Green Books), about a spectacled bear and his noisy best friend.
‘The shortlist featured six skilful and talented illustrators but Hector and Hummingbird
is something very special’ said Chris Riddel, UK Children’s Laureate
and one of the judges for this new prize. In his acceptance
speech Nicholas named mid-century illustrators Dahlov Ipcar and Roger
Duvoisin as important influences. Like them, Frith used a demanding
technique known as pre-separation, creating separate pieces of art for
each colour used in the book. The result is illustration that feels both
nostalgic and thoroughly contemporary.
The Klaus Flugge Prize,was founded to honour publisher Klaus Flugge,
a supremely influential figure in picture books, who this year
celebrates the 40th anniversary of his publishing house Andersen Press.
And at Illustration House in UK -a new exhibition opens September 23 at Illustration House Ardizzone: A Retrospective
It's the first major show of Edward Ardizzone's work for over 40 years.
One of the most significant illustrators of the 20th century,
Ardizzone's wide-ranging output spanned children's books, literary
classics, war illustration and much more. If anyone is lucky enough to
visit, please take some photos and share them with us!
SWAP A STORY IN SEPTEMBER with the Australian Children's Laureate
Australian Children's Laureate, Leigh Hobbs'It’s your story Calendartheme for September is Swap a Story.
Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions, books and ideas.
Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Literature Alliance (ACLA) and the Australian Children's Laureate Program
We also support The Australian Copyright Agency's (CA) Reading Australia Program