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Congratulations again to the creators and publishers who were recognised in this year's Children' Book Council of Australia's Book of the Year Awards announced in August. There are many opportunities in September to continue this celebration of the importance our children's book industry in developing our culture and a strong future for our country.

National events include 
Indigenous Literacy Day -September 6
The Australian Reading Hour - September 14
(More details in this newsletter on how you can get involved)

State events include
Celebrate Reading National Conference - The Inside Story on Quality Australian Literature for Children. Friday 27 October to Saturday 28 October at the Literature Centre in WA. Speakers include Jeannie Baker, Leigh Hobbs, Anna Fienberg, Mark Wilson, Deborah Abela, Gus Gordon, Meg McKinlay & Kyle Hughes Odgers

The StoryArts festival - September 2 – 10, 2017 Qld the Ipswich in Qld. This festival features award winning authors, illustrators, storytellers and performers from all over Australia -  from every state and territory except NT and special guests from Singapore and New Zealand. This year many presenters have created story with a Science, Technology Engineering and Maths focus. Add the Arts and you have STEAM!  

September is the last month for the Federation Square Book Market!

The management at Federation Square have announced that, due to programing changes, the Atrium space at the square will no longer be available for the weekly Book Market - so the traders are looking for a new home.

We are disappointed with this decision, as a book market in the heart of Melbourne with regular interstate and oversaes visitors, seems such a good fit as Melbourne is a UNESCO City of Literature.  The Saturday Book Market has been a special part of Books Illustrated's promotion of Australian picture books and illustrators for over 15 years with a guest illustrator each month - usually promoting a new book or print.
Visitors have valued the opportunity to meet practicing artists and ask those questions they've always wanted to - what it’s like to work as an illustrator or author for children’s books ...

So for our finale in September we'll have our regular stand at the market on September Saturdays 2,16, 23 & 30 (from 11am to 5pm).
We'll e featuring guest illustrators on Saturday 2 & Saturday 23!
Meet Annie White on Saturday September 2 between 11am and  5pm
Take in the Melbourne Writer's Festival vibe and meet guest Illustrator, Annie White, from12.30pm to 2.30pm

 Annie’s picture book My Dad is a Bear personally would be a perfect gift for Dad, signed for Father’s Day! 

My Dad is a Bear is wriiten by Nicola Connelly, Illustrated by Annie White & published by New Frontier. 
Charlie's Dad is tall, round and soft. Sometimes he growls. Could he be a bear? Luckily for Charlie there's one thing bears do best.  My Dad is a Bear is a CBCA Notable Book, was also shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards and the illustrations were selected as a Silver Category Winner for Illustrators Australia. 

Check out more about Annie on her website and the range of prints available through Books Illustrated.

Picture book 'My Dad is a Bear' (pb)                      LE Print from Clementine's Walk 
                      $14.99                                                                  $ 120

Saturday September 23 

Meet author /Illustrator Gabrielle Wang between 12 noon & 3pm

Gabrielle Wang is an author and illustrator born in Melbourne of Chinese heritage. Her maternal great grandfather came to Victoria during the Gold Rush and her father from Shanghai. Her stories are a blend of Chinese and Western culture with a touch of fantasy.

Gabbi will be promoting her latest novel The Beast of Hushing Wood  published by Penguin Books, 2017

A powerful  story about Ziggy Truegood, a young girl who has a premonition that she will drown on her 12th birthday. Thought-provoking and engaging, Hushing Wood is a lovely blend of action, fable and magic- realism.

An exerpt from The Neverending Bookshelf review 
...For one, it’s illustrated! I can’t remember the last novel I read that had illustrations scattered throughout the pages and so I really enjoyed the illustrations that spanned everything from a two page spread to small chapter style headings. Not being familiar with the author’s previous work, I wasn’t aware at the time of reading that Wang is both the book's author and illustrator and looking back knowing this gives the book a larger than life feeling. You can literally see and read the tale unfold before your eyes as the author intended it to be and that’s kind of magical in itself..

Her Chinese heritage influences all her work and she likes to include Chinese philosophy and folktales in her novels including The Wishbird  published by Penguin Books and picture book, Race for the Chinese Zodiac,   illustrated and designed by Sally Rippin & Regin Abos, published by Black Dog Books.
 Several delightful limited edition prints are available for sale from these books.

                    Cover illustration from The Beast of Hushing Wood
                                         Size: 277mm(w) x 208mm(h)
                                                     Price: $110
New range of prints by Marc Martin are now available

Marc Martin is an illustrator, artist and book maker based in Melbourne whose work is gaining international recognition. His books, published by Penguin Random House Australia, include: A Forest; Curious Explorer's Illustrated Guide to Exotic Animals A-Z ; Max ; A River; and LOTS.
His new September release is What's Up Top?   $24.99 (signed copies available now)

              Signed books and prints for sale www.booksillustrated.com.au 
 Find out more about Marc in our new Behind the Studio Door feature on our website
                                                    Title: Farms
                                                   Book: A River
                                       Size: 560mm (w) x 225mm (h)
                                                      Price: $80 

Books Illustrated touring exhibitions
These exhibitions are currently been hosted at venues around Australia 
Escape to Everywhere with Australian children’s book illustration
Showing at Antipodes Bookshop & Gallery in Sorrento, Vic to Sept 17
Framed works by eight Australian book illustrators - Terry Denton, Anna Pignataro, Shaun Tan, Judy Watson, Ann James, Ilse van Garderen, Leigh Hobbs & Lisa Kennedy.
Leigh Hobbs: Australian Children's Laureate Print Exhibition showing at
Avondale Heights Library and Learning Centre, Vic until October 9.
Are we thereYet?: A journey around Australia 
This exhibition continues at State Library of Western Australia until Oct 31, 2017
From the WA State Library website : Curated by Books Illustrated, this family friendly exhibition is based upon the award-winning picture book, Are we there yet?  It features original illustrations, travel diaries, sketches and dummy books. Ignite your children's imagination and love of reading with this heartfelt story inspired by a real life journey, from Wave Rock to Roebuck Bay and beyond, undertaken by Alison Lester and her family.
The Hush Treasure Book Exhibition at Albury Gallery,Victoria until Oct 1.
After just a week this exhibition has been visited by over 460 primary students and 180 preschool students!
The Write around the Murray festival (WAM) will attract many more visitors. The festival runs from Wednesday Sept 13 to Sunday Sept 17. 
The children's program features sessions by Mitch Vane & Danny Katz,
Ursula Dubosarky and Funky Chicken!
        INSPIRED: Australian Book Illustration Now -  till Saturday 16 September
                                         Lavington Library, Albury, NSW

This exhibition celebrates the diversity of art and narrative in contemporary publishing for children, showcasing inspiring picture books about place, people, personalities, the present and the past.
And the Library has taken off with the theme of this exhibition - presenting a showcase of works of their own!

Rachel Tonkin - selected illustration works  at Castlemaine Library in Victoria during September, shown in conjunction with the traveling Story Island exhibition from the State Library of Victoria's Dromkeen Collection.  (Limited edition Print from Leaf Litter $275 )
 Leigh Hobbs:  Characters from the Drawing Board 

This print exhibition takes a close look at some of Leigh's characters, in particular Old Tom, Horrible Harriet and Mr Chicken.

This Tasmania library tour continues
• Bridgewater September 4 to Sept 14
• Huon September18 to Sept 28

Other September events and awards
 Indigenous Literacy Day &The Great Book Swap 
will be celebrated Australia-wide

 We want to encourage all Australians to join in The Great Book Swap and make a donation to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation. Help the ILF to raise $200,000 to buy 200,000 books for children in remote Australia, and to translate books into first languages which will help close the literacy gap in remote Australia.

From Ann James 
I’ll be celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day on September 6 at the State Library of WA in Perth! 
We’ll be launching
I Open The Door – A fabulous picture book, written and illustrated by children at The Second Spinifex Writers Camp in Tjuntjuntjara in remote WA,. It was organised by The Indigenous Literacy Foundation in collaboration with the marvellous Tjuntjuntjara School in 2016. For four days, ten amazing kids from Mt Margaret, Menzies, Laverton, Tjuntjuntjara and Melbourne, worked and played together. With some help and inspiration from author illustrators, Gregg Dreise, Judy Watson and me, they made magic with words and pictures - I Open The Door.
I Open the Door, published by the ILF in 2017,  will now be read and shared by children all around Australia!  You can order it, and the first Spinifex Writers Camp picture book, The Goanna Was Hungry, from Books Illustrated.
One hour, one day – The Australian Reading Hour  - Thursday September 14
Pick up a book and read for just one hour on your own or with your children 

The idea is simple. On Thursday September 14, 2017, stop what you’re doing for one hour and pick up a book. The aim of the Reading Hour is for Australians to either rediscover or introduce themselves to the benefits of reading. In children, it has been shown to help with identity formation, setting them up for success in the future. In adults, it has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea! 

Booksellers, libraries, and teachers please register events and Contact the Australian Reading Hour to get involved.

Wilderness Society announces winners for the 2017 Environment Award
for Children’s Literature.
The Environment Award for Children’s Literature is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Picture fiction - Chooks in Dinner Suits (Diane Jackson Hill & Craig Smith, Museum Victoria Publishing)
Nonfiction -Welcome to Country (Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy, Black Dog Books/Walker Books)
Fiction - Rainforest Camp: Juliet Nearly a Vet (Rebecca Johnson, Puffin). 
                  Signed books available for sale from Books Illustrated 
            Chooks in Dinner suits- signed by illustrator Craig Smith -$19.95
            Welcome to Country - signed by Illustrator Lisa Kennedy-  $24.99
September with the Australian Children's Laureate

Leigh Hobbs's It’s your story Calendar September theme is Swap a Story 
Visit the Laureate website for reading suggestions and ideas. 

Print title: Mr Chicken's VIP Lunch
from : Mr Chicken Lands in London, published by Allen & Unwin.
size: 310mm(w) x 310mm (h) 
price: $255
Books Illustrated is an enthusiastic supporter of the Australian Children's Laureate
and The Copyright Agency's 
Reading Australia initiative
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