Book People: Benjamin Law

Benjamin Law is a Sydney-based TV screenwriter, journalist and newspaper columnist, who has PhD in creative writing and cultural studies. That's the official spiel from his website but I'm pretty sure that my intro is better; Benjamin Law...

Book People: Lance Balchin

So many, many books come across my desk that it takes something pretty special to wow me these days. 'Mechanica' has wowed me and more. It is innovative in a way I have not...

Qld Ballet Celebrating Literature

I was so honoured to be asked by the Queensland Ballet to assist them in choosing books from the Premiers Reading Challenge (PRC) early childhood book list to bring to life through music and movement....

Book People: Randa Abdel-Fattah

I read Randa Abdel-Fattah's 'Does My Head Look Big in This' years ago and have been an avid fan of everything she has written since. We have also had her as a visiting author...

Author Visit: Matt Stanton

Yesterday I had Matt Stanton come to school as a visiting author/illustrator, thanks to Where the Wild Things Are/Avid Reader.  I bring as many authors to my school library as is possible as it...

Book People: James Lee

I am asked a least once a week for a 'scary' book by young library visitors. 'Goosebumps' remain ever-popular but there is not much else on offer for 8-11 year old readers who want...

Book People: Kate and Jol Temple

Kate and Jol Temple seem to have exploded onto the Australian children's book scene. While I'm sure that they have been working hard for years prior to their publishing success, they really do seem...

Book People: Tristan Bancks

I've been an avid fan of Tristan Bancks for many years now, as has my teaching partner Jackie - who teaches a Geography unit each year which supports the Room to Read Challenge, of...

LoveOzYA: Celebrating the Wonder of YA Literature in Australia

I’m spending the weekend in my kind of heaven – surrounded by some of the best of the best in children’s and young adult publishing at The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) conference....

Book Links Qld Patron Jackie French

Book Links Queensland, the Centre for Children's Literature, is one of my favourite literary groups and the work that is done by this passionate and committed group of volunteers is remarkable.They have recently announced Jackie...