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MWF schools’ program 2019 announced

24 May 2019
The program for the 2019 Melbourne Writers Festival schools’ program has been announced. More than 60 writers, artists and performers will feature in over 70 events from 2–5 September, with...

Schulz to resign from UQP after 11 years 

22 May 2019
UQP children’s and YA publisher Kristina Schulz will resign from the position, after an 11-year tenure with the publisher. Schulz began with UQP in 2008 and during her time commissioned...

Readings YA Prize 2019 shortlist announced

21 May 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Highway Bodies (Alison Evans, Echo) What I Like About Me (Jenna Guillaume, Pan) Stone Girl (Eleni Hale,...

Young wins 2019 Text Prize for ‘Loner’

16 May 2019
Melbourne writer Georgina Young has won the 2019 Text Prize for her YA novel, Loner. Loner is a ‘humorous and heartfelt exploration of new adulthood’ set in Melbourne’s South Eastern...

Lost in Books to host IBBY Honour Books exhibition

10 May 2019
Multilingual children’s bookshop Lost in Books, situated in the Sydney suburb of Fairfield, is hosting the International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) Best Books of the World Exhibition,...

Text Prize 2019 shortlist announced

8 May 2019
The shortlist has been announced for the 2019 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing. The five shortlisted manuscripts are: ‘Tellurian Blue’ by Danielle Clode, a debut fantasy novel...

Class act: Facilitating in-school author visits 

8 May 2019
An inspiring in-school appearance from an author is often the key to getting kids interested in reading. Andrea Hanke spoke to four speakers’ agencies about facilitating these important interactions. For Victoria-based...

REAL Awards 2019 shortlists announced

7 May 2019
The shortlists for the 2019 Reading & Enjoying Australian Literature (REAL) Awards—which act as shortlists for children’s choice book awards in New South Wales (KOALAs), Northern Territory (KROC Awards) and...

Nugent wins Readings Children’s Book Prize 2019

17 April 2019
Carly Nugent has won the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize for The Peacock Detectives (Text). Nugent’s title was chosen from a shortlist of six, announced in February. She receives $3000....

2019 Scribblers Festival full program announced

12 April 2019
The line-up for the second annual Scribblers Festival, which celebrates children's literature and arts, has been announced. Running from 8–12 May in the Perth suburb of Claremont, Scribblers Festival will...

New database explores diversity in children’s books

10 April 2019
The National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) has launched a cultural diversity database designed to help librarians, teachers, parents and readers find books that ‘feature Australia’s culturally diverse population’....

SLNSW announces new children’s library

3 April 2019
The State Library of NSW (SLNSW) is launching a fundraising appeal to help fund a new dedicated area for children and families to browse, sit down and read, reports the...

WAYRBA 2019 shortlists announced

29 March 2019
The shortlists for the 2019 West Australian Young Readers’ Book Awards (WAYRBA) have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Picture books A Bag and a Bird (Pamela...