Now, August is the book month in Australia. We celebrate a Book Week in the middle of August every year. The Children's Book Council of Australia honours and celebrates the work of Australian authors and illustrators. Highlight is the announcement of the Book of the Year. Winners will be announced at noon on Friday, August 15. Stay tuned CBCA facebook and CBCA twitter. Then, the celebrations begin!
This year's theme is "Connect to reading ~
My favorite say certainly tells a book is the best companion for us,
"Outside of a dog, a book is man's best friend.
Inside of a dog it's too dark to read," by Groucho Marx, hehehehehe!!!
2014's Children Book Week logo is designed by Ron Brooks, the illustrator who won 2013 Picture Book of the Year.
How do you interpret the interesting theme above? Any interpretation could be possible about the theme. Time and society is changing dramatically and rapidly. Technology, in particular, digitisation and Internet are shaping concepts of books and forms of texts. We connect others through a variety of media. It impacts on communication styles and methods that alter human interactions. Nowadays, contemporary children play with digital media better than me, an old generation.
But I feel very the basic element in reading is communication between a reader and characters in books. It's like a play catch, I feel. What do you think, Friends? In books, we appreciate sharing time with characters and experience life together. We explore story and step into our inner world or we travel to other worlds, too. Even, we grow with favorite characters in our sweet memories --- in fact, personas have been created by an author/illustrator, triumphs of human creativity! Then, through reading books, socialisation happens among us. I sketched people reading books in train. A book opens our conversations. We share our emotions with others and exchange productive opinions in family, at school, in community, on net, at else where in society. We connect ourselves and others by reading books. I have been a book warm since childhood. As far as I know, famous authors and successful book illustrators are all very good book readers.
Reading books is, for me, not passive, but very creative activities and communication methods with others and ourselves. Indeed, how we, picture book illustrators interpret texts is equal to reading texts for tens of millions times.
Another big event is the announcement of Dromkeen Medal and Dromkeen Librarian’s Award winners. Who will be honoured?
All listed works are lovely! Wish them good luck and all the best!
**My mentor Ann James's illustrated picture book, "I'm a dirty dinosaur," is in "Early Childhood Notables." Ann used "real" mud in the illustration!
- Short List 2014
- Crichton Award Short List 2014
- Early Childhood Notables for 2014
- Eve Pownall Notables for 2014
- Younger Reader Notables for 2014
- Older Reader Notables for 2014
- Picture Book Notables for 2014
Special thanks for warm cheers. The hands' pains are being healed. Soon, I'll see the hand specialist.
Friends, Happy Painting and Happy Reading!!