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Indigenous Australian Children’s Books The health of the Australian children's book publishing industry is reflected in the current wealth of children's books authored and/or illustrated by Indigenous Australians. In addition to the high quality output of Magabala Books, communities Australia wide have published children’s books in language, about country and Indigenous learning in picture book, illustrated stories, fiction and non- fiction. This list of Publishers of Indigenous Australian Children's Books and a second list of links to Indigenous Language, Literacy and Cultural Centres is intended to assist teachers, collectors, organisations and interested individuals select contemporary Indigenous children's books.
Printing History of Illustrated Children's Books One way to contextualise the history of children's books is via developments in printing technology. This series of blogs looks at how changes in printing technology was employed in illustrated books for children from the early 19th century to the first half of the 20th century, that is from steel etching and wood block printing to the half tone photographic process. The first artist blog is on the work of George Cruikshank who is considered to have set a standard for children's book illustration in the early 19th century. Subsequent blogs will include Edward Lear, John Tenniel, Walter Crane, Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway of the Toy Book period, to Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and others who showcased their works in high quality Gift Books.
Movers and Shakers This series of blogs records interviews with publishers and motivators from the 1980s onwards, such as Lothian, Allen and Unwin, HarperCollins and Magabala Books, whose output enhanced children’s bookshelves with increased diversity in picture books and illustrated books for younger children. Juliet will record interviews with children’s book publishers via a series of blogs beginning with her tribute to Albert Ullin. Her final blog for the State Library Victoria, drew upon the personal archival material covering Albert’s dedication to connecting children with quality books for 60 years through his specialist bookshop The Little Book Room. In 2020 the inaugural Albert Ullin Award was conferred upon Andrew McLean, click for the citation. Permission to link to the award citation and the list of silhouetted illustrations has generously been given by the artist Lee Burgemeestre.
Beginnings will look critically at the traditional opening for fairy tales of ‘once upon a time’ with a blog on some versions of Grimms fairy tales illustrated by the highly regarded early 19th century print maker, George Cruikshank. Beginnings will continue with a selection of contemporary fairy tales in an analysis of how evocative the opening can be in capturing a child readership.