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) 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 cosy showroom can only be visited by appointment.
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 flick through. Cosy couches, an open fireplace and some friendly dogs encourage browsing and lingering.
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 +61 3 9534 7751