On Beaconsfield Parade, facing the beach and the bay, is an unprepossessing little house which is the location of Books Illustrated.
Books Illustrated is an independent bookstore and gallery which promotes Australian children’s literature and book illustrations. Their focus and specialty is Australian hardback picture books and in two small rooms (and online) they sell books for babies right up to young adults, original illustrations and limited edition prints.
Books Illustrated was established in 1988 (and has been in various locations since) but Lady AB and I only visited for the first time recently when they held an Open House with Julie Vivas, the illustrator of the beloved Australian classic Possum Magic. Normally the showroom can only be visited by appointment. Cosy couches, an open fireplace and some friendly dogs encourage browsing and lingering.
In one room, where Julie was signing, there were bookshelves and an exhibition of original watercolours from Possum Magic. In the second room the walls were lined with more books as well as limited edition prints resting on the floor which you can browse through. For the kids’ rooms I have my eye on some Gus Gordon giclee prints from my favourite children’s book Herman and Rosie.
The highlight for Lady AB though was the coffee table with a display copy of an extravagant pop up Angelina Ballerina book!
Books Illustrated hold book signings, exhibitions and conduct workshops at Gasworks Park. The best way to find out about their events is to sign up to their newsletter here. For these July school holidays they are holding two open days:
Friday 12th July: 11.00am – 5pm
Saturday 13th July: 11.00am – 5pm
If you like children’s bookstores try visiting The Little Bookroom, the oldest children’s bookshop in the world.
Books Illustrated, Gallery & Showroom
300 Beaconsfield Parade, Middle Park 3206
(open by appointment)
For enquiries and orders, contact Ann Haddon:
Tel +61 3 9534 7751
Fax +61 3 9534 4774