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!




Storytime – Father’s Day 2014

dads rockMany Australians observe Father’s Day on the first Sunday of September. It is a day for people to show their appreciation for fathers and father figures. In the lead up to their special day, the library runs storytimes featuring books about Dads  and a craft the children can give to Dad on Father’s Day. This year I made a card template for the craft activity – also see below for links to other great ideas.

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Storytime – Opposites

Sorry it’s been a while since I’ve posted!

What's Up Duck?Please see below for some suggested books, songs and rhymes for an Opposite themed storytime. There were so many books about big/small I decided it warranted its own Storytime Theme – so stay tuned! For the craft activity I created a printable Opposites Book that includes a few pasting activities and a list of opposites – feel free to use this!

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Inky Awards 2012 – Library Prize!

To celebrate the Inky Awards, the Centre for Youth Literature offered libraries and schools across Australia the chance to win one of two complete sets of the 2012 Inky longlisted titles for their library collection… Below is the display I created for my library:

I was contacted with the very exciting news that this display won! I went to the booktalkers Inkyfest event on the 30 October to accept the prize on behalf of Casey-Cardinia Library Corporation.

Boys, books and all that jazz

In July I attended the PLVN children’s and youth service seminar: boys, books & all that jazz.

The seminar featured popular American YA author Paul Griffin in conversation with author Archie Fusillo about engaging Boys with Books.

Adele Walsh from the Centre for Youth Literature spoke about the books featured on the Inky Awards Longlist and we were treated to the storyteller/entertainer Grant Cottrell.

The seminar concluded with a group discussion between the staff attending from various libraries about innovative library spaces, National Year of Reading ideas, Boys & Books programs. Ideas such as Lego Clubs, Minecraft evenings or a Silent Disco were floated around. I’d really love to hear what your library has done done to engage boys with books!