[BHE 182] Book Hunting in Perth!


Myra here.

A few weeks ago, I was invited to give a talk during the Annual General Meeting of IBBY-WA (International Board on Books for Young People – Western Australia). My fabulous hosts (two beautiful librarians and a wonderful award-winning children’s book author) welcomed me with such great warmth and took me around to not only see the sights but to also do some book hunting and so I am doubly excited to share my loot with you today!

Fremantle Press

The lovely ladies Cate Sutherland and Claire Miller from Fremantle Press welcomed us (Jan Nicholls from the Children’s Book Council of Australia, my beautiful host, took the photo) with a spread of delectable treats! I love being surrounded by so many gorgeous titles.



Since my luggage is already overweight, I couldn’t take any from the book-buffet-table, but I did snag their catalogue so that I can check out which titles I can use for my higher-degree course and which ones I can include in the multicultural picturebook database we are building for my research study. Plus I got this lovely colouring book by Australian artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers, Off the Wall, which will be available later this year. Look at the inside pages!

Make sure you get this for yourself if you’re a colouring freak or as a present for friends!

Elizabeth’s Secondhand Book Store

And here is my picturebook loot:


I’ve Lost My Kisses by Trudie Trewin and Nick Bland, Cat Balloon by Palo Morgan.


Zoo Album by Richard Morecroft, Alison Mackay, Karen Lloyd-Diviny, V for Vanishing: An Alphabet of Endangered Animals by Patricia Mullins.


Where the Forest Meets the Sea by Jeannie Baker, Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg.


To Market To Market by Nikki McClure, Beware Beware by Susan Hill and Angela Barrett, Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella by James Mayhew.


The picture of a happy bookhunter.

The Literature Centre

We also had the opportunity to visit The Literature Centre, all special thanks to Jan Nicholls for bringing me to these wonderful places.

The Literature Centre is housed in the Old Freemantle Prison as you can see in the photo below, and their office is located in the old prison hospital.


I nearly squealed in delight when I saw this book. I believe I must have – I can’t recall anymore – I must have lost all sense of propriety when I saw Shaun Tan’s newest book: The Singing Bones.


With the lovely Maillie who gave us a guided tour of The Literature Centre – where I lost a fair bit of money and gained the world afterwards anyway, so it’s a win-win.


My loot!


Because I simply can not get enough of Gary Crew – I Saw Nothing: The Extinction of the Thylacine by Gary Crew & Mark Wilson, The Watchtower by Gary Crew and Steven Woolman, Old Ridley by Gary Crew and Marc McBride.


Home and Away by John Marsden & Matt Ottley – and The Literature Centre gave me this DVD (which I can use as a teacher resource) as a freebie! 🙂


Because Shaun Tan is LOVE – The Oopsatoreum: Inventions of Henry A. Mintox, and a Shaun Tan notebook.

Kaleido Books & Gifts


More of my loot!


Strange Objects by Gary Crew, The Hush Treasure Book from favourite storytellers and artists form Australia!


And because I am weak: Death by Neil Gaiman.

And someone loves her new vintage-comic-themed journals! One lined, one grid, one blank.

Mission accomplished in Perth!

Book Gifts

I received these beautiful book presents during my talk at the IBBY – and I waited until I got home here in Singapore before I opened them.


Books as presents! One of my favourite things!


Whee! Can A Skeleton Have an X-Ray? by Kyle Hughes-Odgers, We all Sleep by Ezekiel Kwaymullina & Sally Morgan.


Sam, Grace and the Shipwreck by Michelle Gillespie and illustrated by Sonia Martinez.

Not Book Loot – but loot nonetheless 🙂


Because Australia = TimTam 🙂


The wine is from the Children’s Book Council of Australia. Special treat indeed!

How about you, fellow bibliophiles, what books found their way into your hands over the past weeks?

1 comment on “[BHE 182] Book Hunting in Perth!

  1. Overweight luggage…sigh….
    My extended family lives in Phoenix, and we are in Illinois. Usually we fly to visit and end up mailing a large, expensive box of books home because they have some great indie and used bookstores in the area . This summer we DROVE, and every nook and cranny on our return trip was filled with books 🙂

    Also, a new book by Shaun Tan?!? How did I not know?!? Looks like Amazon gets some more of my money today! 😉


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