Picture book artwork for your home: Supporting literacy and literature with WestWords

Picture book artwork for your home: Supporting literacy and literature with WestWords

Imagine a world where your stories aren’t told. No books. No films. No songs. Nothing about you, your family, or your culture. WestWords is Western Sydney’s literature development organization that gives Western Sydney a voice to share their stories, to be heard and celebrated.

WestWords is conducting COV-Art, an online fundraising auction featuring 32 works by 22 children’s book illustrators. COV-Art provides a unique opportunity to own original works by Australia’s award-winning children’s illustrators. Included in this auction is art from some of Australia’s most-loved children’s picture book illustrators including Leigh Hobbs, Alison Lester, Bronwyn Bancroft, Nick Bland, Jeannie Baker, Emma Quay, Christina Huynh and Anna Walker.

The  Better Reading community has been invited to join this celebration of arts and literature, support the endeavours of WestWords and purchase illustrations from artists who continue to impact Australian children through their stories and creativity.

Michael Campbell, WestWords Director says, “We’re asking your community to please support our important work and enjoy owning a work from some of Australia’s leading, and Western Sydney emerging, children’s book illustrators.  Your support gives Western Sydney a voice.”

WestWords provides a broad range of literary programs for the people of Western Sydney including workshops, residencies, publications, exhibitions and so much more. Through in-school programs and online resources children have the opportunity to develop confidence, a voice and an identity. Learn more here. 

Online Fundraising Auction open now until 7pm Tuesday 30th June 2020. To view all the pieces available for online auction and learn more about WestWords click here.

Here’s just three of our favourite artworks from the auction collection

“Old Tom” by author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs from his much adored Old Tom series of picture books.

Who doesn’t love this grizzly old rascal? Perfect for cat lovers or for the bedroom wall of the young rascal in your life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“If babies were moonbeams” by Emma Quay from her gorgeous award winning picture book My Sunbeam Baby. 

Beautiful artwork for a nursery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Big Rain Coming” by one of Australia’s most famous indigenous illustrators, Bronwyn Bancroft from the picture book Big Rain Coming. 

A vibrant artwork that will bring joy and energy to any room!

 

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Emma Quay
About the author

Emma Quay

Emma Quay wanted to be a children's book illustrator from a very early age. After moving from England to Australia in 1993, she began her illustrating career and has since become one of Australia's most sought-after picture-book artists. She has won numerous awards, including the 2010 CBC Early Childhood Book of the Year for 'Bear and Chook by the Sea' (written by Lisa Shanahan). Emma lives in Sydney with her husband and two young daughters.
 

Books by Emma Quay

Alison Lester
About the author

Alison Lester

Alison Lester grew up on a farm by the sea, and first rode a horse as a baby in her father's arms. Her picture books mix imaginary worlds with everyday life, encouraging children to believe in themselves and celebrate the differences that make them special. Alison is involved in many community art projects and spends part of every year travelling to remote Indigenous communities, using her books to help children and adults write and draw about their own lives.In 2012, Alison became Australia's first Children's Book Laureate, a position she shared with Boori Monty Pryor. In 2016, she was awarded the Dromkeen Medal for her outstanding achievement in the creation of Australian children's and young adult literature, and in 2018 she became the first children's book creator to win the Melbourne Prize for Literature, for her outstanding contribution to Australian literature and cultural and intellectual life. In 2019, Alison was awarded an Australia Post Legends Award and featured on a stamp, as well as being the recipient of a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the 2019 Australia Day Honours List.

Books by Alison Lester

Leigh Hobbs
About the author

Leigh Hobbs

Leigh Hobbs works across a wide range of artistic mediums, but is best known for his children's books featuring Old Tom, Horrible Harriet, Fiona the Pig, the Freaks of 4F, Mr Badger and Mr Chicken. Old Tom is also a popular TV series, and Leigh has won every major Australian children's choice award. Mr Chicken Goes to Pariswas shortlisted for the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, is a bestseller at Paris's Louvre Bookshop, was adapted for the stage by NIDA, and was shortlisted for the CBCA Awards - as were Horrible Harriet and Old Tom's Holiday. Since childhood, Leigh's had a passion for art, architecture, classical music, English history, and he loves London, Paris and Rome as much as his beloved character Mr Chicken.Leigh is Australia's Children's Laureate for 2016 and 2017.

Books by Leigh Hobbs

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