CBCA – Book of the Year Notables 2016


The CBCA ‘Book of the Year’ notables for 2016 has been announced… Just when I thought my ‘to-read’ list was becoming more manageable!




Activities for Children’s Book Week 2014

Connect to Reading 2014 Children’s Book Week is fast approaching! From Saturday 16 August – Friday 22 August 2014, schools and public libraries across Australia will spend a week celebrating Australian authors and illustrators and offer various activities based around the books and this year’s theme – Connect to Reading.


I have compiled a few activities that could be used for a Book Week Storytime on my Book Week Pinterest Board.

I also stumbled across these useful tips to encourage children to read for pleasure.


Hazel Edwards – Fountain Gate Storytime

While presenting a couple of storytimes at Fountain Gate Shopping Centre, I had the opportunity to meet Hazel Edwards, who was there to promote her book ‘There’s a hippopotamus on our roof eating cake’. I have loved her books since I was a child, so needless to say I was extremely nervous about reading this in front of her!

Now for some shameless self promotion –

Me and Hazel

Rachel-the-Librarian has the BEST storytelling voice.

She read the Mini-books at Fountain Gate autographing.

via Photo Album | Hazel Edwards.

Book Week with Ripper Readers

Book Week 2012 was Saturday 18 – Friday 24 August, the theme being Champions Read. Quite appropriate in a very sports dominated culture we have in Australia!

I usually make my way through the shortlisted books and place reservations on the titles so that I can show them to my Ripper Readers. I think it’s a great way to introduce the kids (and myself!) to new authors and illustrators.

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Book of the Year Short List – 2012

The Short list for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) Book of the Year Awards have been announced!

There are five categories – Book of the Year for Older Readers (intended for mature readers), Book of the Year for Younger Readers (intended for independent younger readers), Book of the Year for Early Childhood (intended for children in the pre-reading to early reading stages), Picture Book of The Year (intended for an audience ranging from 0-18 years), and the Eve Pownall Award for Information Books (0-18 years). 

The shortlist for the 2012 Crichton Award for new illustrators has also been announced.

The CBCA Awards will be announced and presented on Friday 17 August 2012 before Children’s Book Week commences on the 18 August 2012. The theme this year is ‘Champions Read’.

You can find out more about the Awards and the CBCA at their website here.

Teen reading resources

The following is a collection of teen reading resources that are available. The list will be added to over time.
Quicksand Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation’s teen blog. It offers news, reviews and stuff of interest to teens, particularly in the local areas of Casey and Cardinia. It also has links to lots of booklists and online reading resources suitable for Youth Services staff in a library context.

Inside a dog

This website is written specially for teenagers and features book reviews, news, sneak previews of upcoming books, a writer-in-residence blog, the chance to win stuff, a discussion forum and audio. There is also a section for teachers (or librarians) that includes great suggestions for using the inside a dog website in the classroom or with students. Topics include creating book clubs and encouraging students to chat online with authors and post book reviews.

Read Alert
The Read Alert blog is produced by members of the Centre for Youth Literature (CYL). They post news and opinion, and contribute to conversations on a wide range of topics to keep literacy professionals up to date with the latest information, current thinking and issues in youth literature.

Boys, Books, Blokes, Bytes blog
This blog is all about getting boys to read more. It showcases books that boys like to read, features interviews with writers and offers the chance to win prizes. It’s based on an award-winning reading program developed by the
Centre for Youth Literature (CYL).

Spine Out

SpineOut is a new and exciting online magazine for Young Adults, brought to you by the Good Reading team. It’s a special place for Young Adults (YA’s) to express their ideas and thoughts, and to share their creativity in words, art, film or music.

GayYA.org is a forum, blog, and fansite dedicated to everything gay in YA. The blog promotes LGBTQ characters in YA literature by providing a great reading list and links to online resources.