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Early history of movable and pop-up books

July 3, 2018

Arts & literature, Our stories:

Pop-up books enthral readers for many reasons: their ingenuity, their beauty, and because they challenge the two-dimensional nature of printed books. Explore the range of paper engineering mechanisms that have been used in books for more than 700 years.

Illustrated Children’s Books: Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)

Illustrated Children’s Books: Edmund Dulac (1882-1953)

March 23, 2018

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Edmund Dulac published in the first decades of the twentieth century, at a time now recognised as a golden age of children’s book illustration

Illustrated Children’s Books: Samuel and William Calvert

Illustrated Children’s Books: Samuel and William Calvert

January 16, 2018

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The brothers Samuel and William Calvert established a series of children’s books in the 1870s called Calvert’s Australian Picture Books, bringing wood block printing techniques developed by the English master printer Edmund Evans to Australia.

Erica Wagner, 2017 Dromkeen Medal winner, and Megan Daley, 2017 Dromkeen Librarian’s Award winner.

Erica Wagner Awarded the Dromkeen Medal For Children’s Literature

November 30, 2017


State Library Victoria today awarded the 2017 Dromkeen Medal to esteemed editor and publisher Erica Wagner.

Illustrated Children’s Books: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

Illustrated Children’s Books: Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886)

November 16, 2017

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Randolph Caldecott (1846-1886) broke late 19th century conventions of children’s book illustration by interpreting stories rather than decorating them, peopling them with cheeky caricatures involved in chaotic escapades.

Young Dick from Slate and pencil-vania

Illustrated Children’s Books: Walter Crane (1845-1915)

October 11, 2017

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Walter Crane (1845-1915) is today best known for his ornately illustrated 19th century children’s books. He designed artwork for the British master printer Edmund Evans in a variety of capacities for ten years, before Randolph Caldecott and Kate Greenaway joined him as Evans’ triumvirate of children’s Toy Book illustrators.

Mother Goose: or old nursery rhymes, illustrated by Kate Greenaway, engraved and printed by Edmund Evans, Frederick Warne and Co., London, [190?].

Illustrated Children’s Books: Kate Greenaway (1846-1901)

September 15, 2017

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Kate Greenaway (1846–1901) was an English children’s book illustrator. She was a remarkable success during her lifetime, pleasing audiences with her form and originality.

Songs that sound like blood by Jared Thomas, Seahorse by Bruce Pascoe, Mrs Whitlam by Bruce Pascoe

Indigenous Children’s Books

September 6, 2017

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Today, Indigenous Literacy Day, we celebrate Indigenous authored and illustrated children’s books on a range of topics.

1000 Books Before School - launched at the State Library of Victoria. Photo Teagan Glenane

State Library Victoria launches early literacy campaign

October 26, 2016


As part of Children’s Week, State Library Victoria and Public Libraries Victoria Network launches 1000 Books Before School, the first statewide program in Australia designed to work with families to promote early literacy skills, and to combat the scourge of adult illiteracy in our communities.

The Story of Miss Moppet, by Beatrix Potter, London, New York, Frederick Warne & Co., 1906. Rare J 823.912 P85M

150 years of Beatrix Potter

July 28, 2016

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This week we celebrate the 150th anniversary of beloved author and illustrator Beatrix Potter. From Jemima Puddle-duck to Tom Kitten, we reveal some rare Potter treasures held in the Library’s Children’s Literature Collection.