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Movers and Shakers in the Australian children’s book industry from the 1980s onwards. This series of blogs records the period when publishers such as Lothian, Allen and Unwin, Harper Collins and Magabala Books 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.
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. His wood block prints inspired later artists of the Golden Age of Children’s Book illustration. Juliet wrote blogs for the State Library on many artists including Arthur Rackham, Edmund Dulac and Kay Nielsen, and continues that with a new blog on Warwick Goble, the original artist for H. G. Well’s ‘War of the worlds’. 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.
Indigenous Children’s Book Publishers a personal ambition of Juliet’s is to create as comprehensive as possible list of Indigenous publishing houses to assist interested parties in making informed selection of Indigenous books for children. In addition to the high quality output of Magabala Books, communities Australia wide have published children’s books in language, about country in picture book, illustrated stories, fiction and non- fiction. The list will include links to the Indigenous community and their online catalogues.