Friday, November 27, 2015

Anna Walker and author Jane Godwin at Fed Square Book Market, Saturday November 28

Jane Godwin (left), Anna Walker in her studio (centre)
Federation Square Book Market
Saturday November 28
Meet Illustrator Anna Walker and author Jane Godwin 12noon to 3pm.

Their new picture book, What do you wish for? published by Penguin Books, has been released in time for Christmas this year.
Jane and Anna have collaborated to produce many successful picture books including:
All through the Year, and Today we have no Plans which they will be signing as well.

What do you wish for?
Written by Jane Godwin , illustrated by Anna Walker (published by Viking/Penguin) $24.99
All the children in the street are writing down a special Christmas wish.
But what is Ruby’s wish? What does she want for Christmas time?
Ruby thinks of all the things that make Christmas special…

Have a book personally signed for that special Christmas gift!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Books Illustrated Touring exhibitions: Are We There Yet?

Are we there yet? : A journey around Australia
Date: Saturday 19 September 2015 - Sunday 13 December 2015
Cost: Free
Venue: Hurstville Museum & Gallery
14 MacMahon St, Hurstville

This exhibition, curated by Books Illustrated, is based on this classic award-winning picture book, written and illustrated by Alison Lester. The display contains Alison Lester's original illustrations along with preliminary work for the making of this book, including ideas and sketches, her children's travel journals and family photographs taken on their journey around Australia.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Anna Pignataro at Fed Square Book Market Saturday Nov 14

Anna will join us from 12pm - 3pm 
She will be promoting and signing her four latest picture books:
 Being Agatha, Five Mile Press, $19.95
• Too Busy Sleeping, Little Hare $24.95
• Little Red Riding Hood, Little Hare, $12.95
 Beauty and the Beast, Little Hare, $12.95
• Elephants have Wings, Ford Street, $26.95

And her Princess and the Fairy A Very Sparkly Christmas (Scholastic).

New limited edition prints from these books will also be on display and for sale.

Check out Anna's signed books & prints on Books Illustrated's website.
Visit Anna Pignataro's website.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Lazy Lions Lounging in the Avondale Height Library

Lazy Lions Lounging in the Avondale Heights Library
Date: Monday 5 October 2015 - Friday 30 October 2015
Cost: Free
Venue: Avondale Heights Library & Learning Centre
69 - 79 Military Rd, Avondale Heights

An exhibition of limited edition prints of illustrations from well known Australian children's picture books - showcasing a range of illustration styles, media and techniques. Including a feature of limited edition prints available by Roland Harvey.

Special guest illustrator & author talks and workshops will be offered during the library's birthday celebrations this month.

Friday, October 9, 2015

James Foley at Federation Square Book Market - Saturday 10 October

James Foley at Federation Square Book Market - Saturday 10 October

James will join us from 12pm - 3pm.  
James lives in WA, but is in the eastern states doing a promotional tour for his latest picture book  My Dead Bunny, written by Sigi Hallis Cohen and published by Walker Books Australia. 

A hilarious rhyming tale about a zombie bunny who comes back to visit his owner.
The combination of Sigi Cohen's rollicking text and James Foley's irreverent illustrations make this a sure winner with kids (particularly boys) aged 7 to 107.

We are lucky James can join us to demonstrate his illustration skills on the screen in the Atrium and personally sign his books including In the Lion and My Dead Bunny!

Join our event on Facebook. 

Check out James' signed books on Books Illustrated's website.

Visit James Foley's website.

Watch the trailer for here:

Signed books available for sale on

Thursday, October 8, 2015

October seems to be a Shaun Tan sort of month!

'Skull Fox', Limited edition print, edition of 150 - $195 

October seems to be a Shaun Tan sort of month!

Shaun Tan's latest book, The Singing Bones, published by Allen & Unwin, has just been released. Signed copies are available from Books Illustrated NOW!

In this beautifully presented volume, the essence of seventy-five fairy tales by the Brothers Grimm is wonderfully evoked by Shaun Tan's extraordinary sculptures and his beautifully succinct text.

'These little figures of clay, with their simplified features, their single attributes, are perfect realisations of the strangeness of the characters they represent.'  
Philip Pullman, from his foreword to the book.

If you are in Melbourne you have the chance to see an exhibition of these sculptures at:
No Vacancy Gallery 
Oct 1 to October 18

New prints & Originals 
Shaun has chosen 14 of his sculptural illustrations from The Singing Bones to release as limited edition prints -

'All Fur', Limited edition print, edition 150 - $195

We also have a new collection of Tan original illustrations available for sale... 

'Shelter', Pastel, charcoal and pencil - $2,500 (in specialist frame, museum glass suitable for pastel works)

The Rabbits Opera...
And as part of the Melbourne Festival there will be a showing of an opera based on Shaun Tan & John Marsden’s iconic picture book The Rabbits, published by Lothian Books. They will also be In Conversation at the National Gallery of Victoria on Sunday 11th of October.  
View signed books, limited edition prints and original illustrations for sale by Shaun Tan.

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Federation Square Book Market in Melbourne with Ben Wood - Saturday Sept 19

Books Illustrated will be promoting & selling Ben Wood's two new picture books -
Underneath a Cow and Small and Big .

From 12pm - 3pm Ben will be illustrating on the big screen in the Atrium. 

Two great new picture books - fresh and fun in the classic picture book style.
Ben Wood's illustratiion at its best!

Don't miss this opportunity to have some books personally signed by Ben!

Check out Ben's prints and books on Books Illustrated's website.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Upcoming Books Illustrated Events

Federation Square Book Market with Mitch Vane - Saturday 22

We are so pleased that we can be part of the celebration for the start of 
Children's Book Week at Federation Square. 

It will be a special day with lots of authors and illustrators and the buzz 
@MelbWritersFest as well.

Mitch will join us from 3pm - 5pm. Watch her illustrating on the big screen in 
the Atrium and see first hand how she created the images for her Little Lunch books, 
now an ABC3 TV series!
The newly released title in the Little Lunch series Off Limits, as well as other books 
by Mitch Vanewill be for sale - a chance to have some personally signed!

Check out Mitch's prints and books on Books Illustrated's website.Visit Mitch Vane's website:

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Naidoc Week celebrated at Fed Square Book Market  - July 12

As well as hosting Anna Walker who was promoting her new picture book 'Mr Huff'
we celebrated Naidoc week with a display of books and prints on our stand.

We were delighted when a family strolling past, after attending the football at the MCG,
spotted the picture book 'Kick with your left Foot' written by Paul Seden and illustrated by Karen Briggs (published by Allen & Unwin). As we found out, Paul Seden was their cousin and they were visiting Melbourne from many parts of Australia ... so there was much excitement over a chance connection and meeting in the centre of Melbourne!

Friday, July 10, 2015

Meet Anna Walker at Federation Square Book Market, Saturday 11 July

This image is from Anna's book trailer for Mr Huff, where she brought the 3D characters to life. 

Federation Square Book Market with Anna Walker - Saturday July 11
Anna will join us from 12pm to 3pm. Watch her illustrating on the big screen in the Atrium and see first hand how she created the images for her new picture book Mr Huff, published by Penguin Books, using three dimensional characters.
Anna will be happy to sign her books - Mr Huff $24.99
An extra bonus will be the exhibition of the original artwork from Mr Huff, along with new paintings and three dimensional characters and sets from the story, that will be showing at No Vacancy Gallery in the Atrium until July 26.

Check out Anna's prints and books on Books Illustrated's website.
Anna Walker's website:
Read Behind the Studio Door with Anna Walker 
Watch Anna's Book Trailer for Mr Huff

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Upcoming Books Illustrated Events June 2015

Federation Square Book Market with Judy Watson - Saturday June 13
Judy will join us from 12pm to 3pm. 

Meet Judy and celebrate the release of her latest picture book Thunderstorm Dancing, written by Katrina Germein and published by Allen & Unwin. Thunderstorm Dancing is a rumbling tumbling story about a family that dances through a wild thunderstorm, and a little girl who shines in the golden calm when the storm passes.

Judy Watson is a Melbourne based illustrator and designer who has illustrated a number of children's books, including the Extraordinary Ernie and Marvellous Maud series by Frances Watts. 

The first Ernie and Maud book became a Notable Book in the Younger Readers category of the 2009 CBCA Book of the Year Awards. Her picture book with Frances Watts Goodnight, Mice! won the Prime Minister's Literary Award for Children's Fiction in 2012.

You can find lots of interesting information about this new book on Judy’s website including the fact that it took her three years to illustrate. The medium and techniques she used were ink and watercolour on litho paper with digital overlays added on the computer. You can also read about the progress of her current book Leonard Doesn’t Dance. 

Judy will be demonstrating some of her techniques on the day and you can have a book personally signed! She’s also prepared some craft activity sheets based on the book for little ones that can be taken away.

Check out Judy's prints and books on Books Illustrated's website.

Judy’s website –

Friday, May 8, 2015

Federation Square Book Market with Elizabeth Honey Saturday May 9


Elizabeth will join us -12pm to 3pm. 
Saturday May 9

Hop up! Wriggle Over!  is Elizabeth Honey's new picture book published by Allen & Unwin. Signed copies are available for sale on the Books Illustrated website. Listen & watch the book being read here as a sneak peak on vimeo...

To find out more about Elizabeth and the story behind her new book, visit:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Join us at Clunes Booktown Festival 2-3 May 2015

Clunes Booktown Festival 
2-3 May 2015

Books Illustrated will be at the Clunes Booktown Festival again, but in a new location - the RSL Hall, Main Street
Number 11 on the map.

 • Browse our Anzac Illustrated print exhibition
 • Purchase limited edition prints and signed books 
 • Meet illustrators at work and have books personally signed
 • Join us for a devonshire tea

Visit the Clunes Booktown website or download the program here

Friday, April 17, 2015

Behind the Studio Door with Mark Wilson. Edition 3, 17 April 2015

Don't miss our third edition of Behind the Studio Door, this time with Mark Wilson.

"Welcome. Come into my studio, which is an old garage, and I love it. There’s plenty of natural light and a high ceiling for big canvases. The walls are covered with half finished paintings, pictures, postcards, photos and inspirational things - again, some very old things. 

I have children’s art up all around me. It inspires me. Children naturally experiment with colour and pattern without even knowing it. Pick a colour – any colour. They don’t care if purple shouldn’t go next to dark green or whatever. I spent so many years following the colour and design ‘rules’ of my teachers. Never again! They should have six year olds teaching painting at art school. (Image 2) I think that is why I like painting big abstract canvases. There is a freedom of expression and technique that is liberating. No pre-conceived ideas. No visual constraints. Pure self expression, like a child doing finger-painting!..."

Read the full Behind the Studio Door here:

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Federation Square Book Market with Ann James Saturday April 18

Upcoming Books Illustrated Events 
Federation Square Book Market with Ann James Saturday April 18

Ann will join us between 12pm to 5pm to demonstrate her chocolate flavoured illustration and to sign books! 
Share some of this hungry dinosaur’s delicious chocolate cake … with hundreds and thousands. 

I’m a Hungry Dinosaur  written by Janeen Brian, illustrated by Ann James and published by Penguin Books will be released on April 22. This is the eagerly awaited sequel to the very popular and award winning I’m a Dirty Dinosaur.

Exciting news, I'm a Dirty Dinosaur! was the third most borrowed picture book in a recent survey of South Australian libraries!

Original artwork, limited edition prints and signed books available on our website

Friday, March 13, 2015

Federation Square Book Market with Mark Wilson, Saturday 14 March

Saturday March 14

Mark will join us between 1pm to 3pm to demonstrate his book illustration and sign books. 

Mark is an award winning author/illustrator with over 30 children’s books in print world-wide. His books are published in seven languages in Australia, North America, Canada, Asia and Europe.
Mark has a passion for Australian history & the environment, especially endangered species. These are recurring themes in both his picture books and workshops, which feature his new picture books for 2015, Digger - the Dog Who Went to War (Hachette),We’re All Australians Now (Harper Collins) & The Horse Soldier (Windy Hollow).

Digger – the dog who went to war will be released on March 10 and we invite you to congratulate Mark and celebrate his achievement with us at Fed Square!

Two new limited edition giclee prints from this book will also be on display and available for sale on our website. 

Monday, March 9, 2015

Are we there yet ? ... Yes, in Parkes!

Are we there yet?: a journey around Australia is one of Books Illustrated touring exhibitions and is currently been shown in Parkes NSW.

This exhibition is based on the award winning (The Children's Book Council of Australia's 2005 Picture Book of the Year Awardpicture book Are we there yet?, written and illustrated by Alison Lester. Its the story of a family trip around Australia told by eight year old Gracie and is based on an actual journey undertaken by Alison and her family.

 The exhibition showcases Alison’s original illustrations along with preliminary work for the making of this book including: ideas and sketches; page roughs and dummy books; her children’s travel journals; family photographs taken on their journey around Australia – and the all important map!

Living up to its name, the exhibition has been exhibited in many venues around Australia, and overseas with fabulous feed back about the engagement of visitors with the exhibition. However, we have been particularly thrilled with this response from Shellie Buckle, manager cultural, education and library services ...

We officially opened the exhibition as part of Storytime yesterday.
We had a lovely morning.
A library family last year travelled around Australia for 5 months. Oscar the three and a half year old and his Mum created a map and photo display of their holiday, just like Are We There Yet?
He told us stories about their trip. Such an eloquent little man!