Every year, since 1945, the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together in celebrating Children’s Book Week. In 2017 we celebrate Book Week with the theme:
‘Escape to Everywhere’ 19 – 26 August 2017. Look out for the Children’s Book Week displays at each of our Libraries to mark the occasion.
This year’s talented line-up of visiting Western Australian authors and illustrators are: Meg Caddy, Kelly Canby, Samantha Hughes and Norman Jorgensen. Over 800 local primary and secondary school students will be attending author sessions with their classes during Children’s Book Week. Sessions will be held at Forrestfield, High Wycombe, Kalamunda and Lesmurdie Libraries.
Kelly Canby is an internationally published illustrator and author, of over a dozen books. Kelly was born in London, England, but has lived in Australia since the age of three, which is probably around the same age she started playing with pencils and crayons, and it was probably only a few years after that that she decided playing with pencils and crayons was something she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
With a Bachelor of Art in Design from Curtin University, Kelly applies her edgy, quirky style to the pages of everything from picture books, to chapter books, to early reader books, to colouring books and beyond! Kelly’s books are published widely throughout the US and the UK.
Kelly is a committee member of The Children’s Book Council of Australia (WA), on the judging panel for the annual Shaun Tan Award and a very active team member of The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (SCBWI).
Meg Caddy has a BA in English Literature and History from the University of Western Australia, and is currently writing an Honours dissertation on pirates. In 2013, her YA fantasy novel Waer was shortlisted for the Text Prize, which led to a contract with Text Publishing. Meg was the 2013 Young Writer-in-Residence at the Katharine Susannah Prichard Writers’ Centre, and has been mentored by fantasy author Juliet Marillier. Her short story Amphibian Summer was shortlisted for the Questions Writing Prize, and her poetry has been shortlisted for the Ethel Webb Bundell Poetry Prize.
For the past five years, Meg has been working with children of all ages. She is passionate about storytelling, pirates, and lizards.
Samantha Hughes is a Fremantle-based writer and illustrator who is fascinated by myths and fairytales. She has worked in communities across Western Australia engaging young people and teachers in storytelling, art and book making workshops. In 2015 she created a graphic novel with refugee and asylum seeker children at Aranmore College. Her work has appeared in books, on posters, in exhibitions and even on shoes!
Norman Jorgensen fell in love with books at an early age and has spent nearly all his life working in the book trade surrounded by the works of authors and illustrators he admires. He developed a love of history from reading historical novels, as well as from watching old Hollywood movies, and these influences are often reflected in his own work.
He was born in Broome, in the tropical north of Western Australia and lived in several country towns throughout the state until his family moved to Kalamunda. In his spare time, he loves to read, travel and take photographs, especially of castles, cathedrals, villages, battlefields, sailing ships and all the things that make history so exciting!
Australian stories are very important to Norman, and he has a love of his country’s history. He is proud that his stories are almost always located in Western Australia.
His latest novel, The Smugglers’ Curse, was published late in 2016. It is an exciting, action-packed adventure set in Broome, Fremantle, Albany and South-East Asia in the final years of the nineteenth century.
Norman has won many awards for his books which range from children’s picture books to Young Adult novels.
Story behind the ‘Escape to Everywhere’ Artwork
From 1987 the CBCA has commissioned the illustrator of the ‘Picture Book of the Year’ winner to create artwork inspired by the theme for the next year. Freya Blackwood has created the artwork for this year’s theme. Blackman made history in 2015 when three of her books won top honours in the CBCA Book of the Year awards, the first time an illustrator had done so in three separate categories, an outstanding achievement. The Kate Greenaway Medal winner (2010) has brought this year’s theme, Escape to Everywhere, to life through a joyous and dream-like scene rendered in soft watercolours. It depicts children of different ages travelling by horseback, bicycle and even a pig to join a whale, a mermaid and a flock of fish in the sky. Blackwood’s inspiration for her scene came from a childhood memory of yearning for flight. ‘I spent a serious amount of time as a child running down hills flapping my arms, certain I'd be able to fly. Flying is something every child wants to be able to do at some stage,’ Blackwood said. ‘The children in the illustration are of different ages and have different interests, but collectively they make their way from left to right and UP, in a strong uplifting movement, into the sky to hang out with a whale. This is completely possible in our imaginations.’
Home Page: http://www.freyablackwood.com.au/
About Book Week
Each year across Australia, the Children's Book Council of Australia (CBCA) brings children and books together to celebrate Children's Book Week. During this time, schools, libraries, booksellers, authors, illustrators and children celebrate Australian children's literature.
Reading allows you to escape to everywhere and anywhere in the world - across the seas to faraway lands, into space and into fantastical worlds such as Narnia, Hogwarts, the Land of Oz, Deltora, Hobbiton, Roma, Fairyland, Middle Earth and many, many more