Inky Awards 2016 Long List Announced


The 2016 Inky Awards longlist has been announced! Selected by teens and announced on Inside a Dog last week, this year’s list is:

Gold Inky Award (Australian books):

·         Clancy of the Undertow by Christopher Currie

·         The Flywheel by Erin Gough

·         Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff

·         Sister Heart by Sally Morgan

·         Carousel by Brendan Ritchie

·         Inbetween Days by Vikki Wakefield

·         Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan and Deborah Biancotti

·         Green Valentine by Lili Wilkinson

·         The Guy, The Girl, The Artist and his Ex by Gabrielle Williams

·         Cloudwish by Fiona Wood


Silver Inky Award (international books)

·         Simon vs the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli

·         A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

·         Dumplin by Julie Murphy

·         I’ll Give You the Sun by Jandy Nelson

·         The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness

·         All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

·         The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

·         Magnus Chase and the Sword of Summer by Rick Riordan

·         The Marvels by Brian Selznick

·         Made You Up by Francesca Zappia

The shortlist will be selected by a panel of teen judges and announced on 16 August, 2016. Have you read any of these books, and if so, what are your thoughts?


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!

Inky Awards – Longlist Announced

The longlist for the 2012 Inky Awards for the best teen literature has been announced – the Gold Inky award for Australian releases and the Silver Inky for international novels. From this list, four teen judges and writers James Moloney and Danielle Binks will decide which books will make the cut to a shortlist of five in each category. The winner will be voted in by readers under 20 on Inside A Dog from August 27, and announced on October 24. There is also a Creative Reading Prize, won by a young person for a creative response to a book they love, in any format they choose.

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