Finalists Announced!

Thank you to everyone who entered our Yay! It's Library Day Illustration Challenge. We were overwhelmed by the talent out there. With over 600 entries, Wombat Books had a very difficult decision to make. We are happy to announce the following budding illustrators will be published in the Yay! It's Library Day book in 2018.

Congratulations to the following entrants:

Jade Newcombe
Lucy Waddell
June Bacic
Savanna Ellerman
Tianqing Fan
Amber Liang
Alex Yecies
Zachary Au
Mali Smith
Kathryn Hensch
Mia Crowley
Britania Currie & Kalya Braunisch
Cassandra Briones
Dallas Napper
Ketia Kiliuyi
Ashlyn Kelly
Alanah Farrell
Isabella McGuiness
Ebony Geurts
Leah Burns
Leo Nguyen
Nicole Novodon
Alexandra Prokhorov
Jennifer Wang
Olivia Goodman
Briony Hombroek
Emily Chester
Jordan Fechner
Jaina Zheng
Zoe Spyrakis

We'll be putting snippets of their artwork up on Facebook for you to vote on for the cover and ends pages. Make sure to Like our Facebook Page for your chance to vote before the 21st of July, 2017.


About Yay! It's Library Day 2017 Illustration Challenge


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We're seeking original illustrations from Australian school-aged students to publish in a unique picture book by well-known children's author Aleesah Darlison.

The Challenge has been established in order to provide aspiring young illustrators with the opportunity to be published in a professionally produced children's book and gain an introduction into the world of illustrating.

Winning illustrations will be published in the book titled Yay! It's Library Day which is due for release in 2018. Illustrators will receive two free copies of the book and a $50 voucher to spend at Wombat Books on other titles. They will be acknowledged on the Wombat Books website as a rising illustrator and there may be opportunities for them to illustrate work in the future.

One illustrator will also be given the exclusive opportunity to design the cover for the book and will win a cash prize of $200.

Note: other illustrators will not receive payment or a cash award.

Selected entries will be posted on the Wombat Books blog and Facebook for public voting. The illustrations that have the most votes from the public will be shortlisted and provided to the judging panel to decide the finalists. The judging panel is made up of experts from the education and publishing sectors.

Schools are encouraged to support students in this competition and enter submissions together where appropriate. Schools will be provided with flyers and posters for display and distribution to parents and children.

Download a Yay! It's Library Day Illustration Challenge flyer for your school today. 

About the Book: Yay! It's Library Day
An adventure through the library by Aleesah Darlison.

Yay! It’s Library Day is a fun rhyming story about two children, Oliver and Ivy, who love visiting the library with their dad.
With stories and their imaginations guiding them, the children go on grand ocean adventures, visit fairytale lands, watch elephants dancing in tuxedos and fly across the sapphire sky on a magic carpet.
Discover the joy and wonder of books with Oliver and Ivy in Yay! It’s Library Day.

For all enquiries contact:

Wombat Books
Phone: 07 3245 1938
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