Every year, since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together in celebrating Children’s Book Week. In 2016 we celebrate Book Week with the theme:
Australia! Story Country. 20 – 26th August. Look out for the Children’s Book Week displays at each of our Libraries to mark the occasion.
This year, celebrated Australian artist, writer and filmmaker Shaun Tan created the themed Book Week poster.
Shaun Tan Says:
My idea for this poster was very simple: to create the kind of CBCA poster I would have loved to see as a child, either in a library or on my own bedroom wall. Even back then I had some awareness that Australian children’s literature was particularly special and original: crazy, amusing, thought-provoking, and filled with memorable characters and places both weird and familiar. When it comes to unfettered imagination, Australia truly is a ‘story country’, as it has been for many thousands of years.
This year’s talented line-up of visiting Western Australian authors and illustrators are: Cristy Burne, Sean E Avery, Briony Stewart and Davina Bell. Over 900 local primary school students will be attending author sessions with their classes during Book Week. Sessions will be held at Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Kalamunda and Lesmurdie Libraries, Falls Road Primary, Gooseberry Hill Primary and Pickering Brook Primary.
Cristy Burne is a science writer, editor, and author of the Takeshita Demons trilogy, winner of the 2009 Frances Lincoln Diverse Voices Children’s Book Award.
Cristy has worked as a news editor for Scitech, a presenter with the Shell Questacon Science Circus and Questacon Smart Moves and editor of CSIRO’s Scientriffic magazine.
Cristy’s work has taken her to rural South Africa to perform science shows, to Switzerland and the US as editor of CERN’s computing newsletter when the Large Hadron Collider was turned on in Geneva in 2009 and to Japan as a technical editor of Biotechnology Patents.
Cristy’s debut novel, Takeshita Demons, was written while living in the UK and has sold more than 30,000 copies.
Home page: http://www.cristyburne.com
Sean E Avery is a teacher, artist, and writer-illustrator from Perth, Western Australia. Born in South Africa, Sean had his first newspaper column when he was 12 where he wrote reviews for books and video games. He’s best known for his sculptures made from electronic waste and other upcycled materials. Some of Sean’s sculptures have gone to Ripley’s Believe It Or Not galleries in the USA; Scitech and Woodside Oil and Gas locally to name a few.
Sean’s first book, All Monkeys Love Bananas, was published in 2012 and his second, Harold and Grace, was published in 2015. Sean writes and draws silly stories about friendship, fun and new experiences and he loves nothing more than to share them and his special brand of silliness with kids where ever he goes.
Home page: www.seaneavery.com
Briony Stewart is a West Australian author and illustrator. Briony's first book Kumiko and the Dragon was published by University of Queensland Press after winning the inaugural Voices on the Coast Youth Literature Festival writing award.
The book was well received and in 2008 won the National Aurealis Awards for Children's short fiction and was listed as a Notable Book by the Children's Book Council of Australia. Since then Briony has received an ARTSWA grant for artists under 25 to develop as a children's author and illustrator with the May Gibbs Children's Literature Trust in Melbourne. She currently lives, paints and writes in Leederville and is working on a sequel to Kumiko and the Dragon.
Home page: http://www.brionystewart.com/
Davina Bell is a writer and editor from Western Australia. Her short stories and essays have been published in various journals and anthologies, including Best Australian Stories.
For six years she was an editor at Penguin Australia in the Young Readers Division, where she was lucky enough to work with some of Australia's most talented creators of books for children.
Davina's first novels for middle-grade readers were published by Penguin Books as part of the hugely successful Our Australian Girl series. Works of historical fiction, they follow a year in the life of a ballerina growing up in Perth during World War One.
Her first picture book, The Underwater Fancy-dress Parade, was published by Scribe in 2015 and is illustrated by the award-winning book designer Allison Colpoys. She regularly talks at schools, universities and festivals around the country about writing and publishing.
Home page: http://www.davinabell.com/