Australia! Story Country

This year’s Book Week theme poster was created by celebrated Australian artist, writer and filmmaker Shaun Tan. His quirky and vibrant illustration is a wonderful celebration of 70 Years of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards. It references many iconic Australian children’s books and traditional Indigenous legends. Shaun has filled an earthy-red landscape with some of the most memorable characters from these Australian stories. Adults and children alike will gain immense enjoyment from spotting their favourites.

Shaun Tan won the 2014 CBCA Picture Book of the Year Award for Rules of Summer.

Shaun Tan Says:

My idea for this poster was very simple: to create the kind of CBCA poster I would have loved to see as a child, either in a library or on my own bedroom wall. Even back then I had some awareness that Australian children’s literature was particularly special and original: crazy, amusing, thought-provoking, and filled with memorable characters and places both weird and familiar. When it comes to unfettered imagination, Australia truly is a ‘story country’, as it has been for many thousands of years.



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