Category Archives: Reading

Are you a keen Year 9 or 10 reader?

If yes – The Centre for Youth Literature is currently looking for bookish Melbourne teens in years 9 & 10 to take part in our first ever Dog’s Advisory Board (DAB).

The DAB is an after-school program that meets at the State Library Victoria once a week to discuss all things Inside a Dog, from design to content to programming, and to talk about books and writing. Weekly board meetings will involve everything from brainstorming sessions to writing workshops to author visits, and will be supervised by staff from the Centre for Youth Literature. The program will take place over terms 2 & 3, and is entirely free.

If you or anyone you know would be interested in this new program please direct them to Inside a Dog for more information! https://insideadog.com.au/ or contact Samantha Forge, Programs Officer at Centre for Youth Literature

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Awesome! Illuminae is to be made into a movie!!

Are you an Amie Kaufman fan?  How about Jay Kristoff?

Both are YA authors and come from Melbourne and just recently they published Illuminae, the first of a trilogy which has already garnered excellent reviews.

IlluminaeAnd if this isn’t exciting enough, the recently published International edition of Illuminae was listed just three weeks ago on The New York Times’ Young Adult Hardcover Bestseller list, debuting at #5.   At the time of writing this post, Illuminae has skyrocketed to #3!

Almost probably this awesome listing has been propelled by the recent announcement that Brad Pitt’s movie production company, Plan B Entertainment, makers of World War Z and Twelve Years a Slave, has teamed up with Warner Bros to bring Illuminae to the big screen.

Wow!!  Fantastic news!!

If you haven’t read Illuminae yet, it’s no surprise.  It was published just a few months ago.   Stand in line though to get your hands on the book, it’s bound to be a ‘must read’ for YA fans!

And to think … just a couple of months ago, we were lucky enough to have Amie Kaufman visit our senior campus library.  She ran one of the most awesome writing workshops I’ve ever been lucky enough to attend!  I guess she will now be in hot demand for repeat visits to schools.  Without a doubt, those schools won’t just be in Melbourne!

Congratulations to both authors for this fantastic achievement!


Speed Book Dating!

It’s Book Fortnight in the GFL!

With a whole series of activities and events including competitions and author visits happening in the GFL over these two weeks, today was Speed Book Dating in our Senior Library where staff and students had a fun one minute to ‘sell’ their book to other contestants then rank the book presented to them from ‘doesn’t interest me’ to ‘awesome’.   While competition was fierce, a great sales pitch given by English Teacher Ms Jen Yoffie of her favourite book, The Year of the Flood written by Margaret Attwood, was a clear winner!

Pictured with the winning book is Ms Jen Yoffie, Alex (Year 12), Mr Henry Kiss and Robert (Year 11).

Congratulations and thanks to all contestants for an awesome event!

And the winner is!


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Check out Dr Karl’s Little Book of Trivia 101! Free this week on the iBooks store.


2015 Inky Awards Longlist announced!

The INKY awards is an annual event hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. The Inkys are the only Australian awards for Young Adults which are voted on by Young Adults.

The 2015 Inky Awards longlist was announcement just last week and includes some awesome titles!

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The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of InsideaDog. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

The Awards are named after me, Inky – Inside a Dog mascot and all-round wonder-dog.”

Read more about the books longlisted on the Inside a Dog website and encourage young adults across Australia to put their hat in the ring to be one of the judges.  Read what is involved at:  Want to be an Inky Awards Judge?


Get stuck into the Vic PRC!

All students from ELC to Year 12 can get involved in this year’s Victorian Premier’s Reading Challenge!

Come on ….. get reading!!  It’s cool!!!

 

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It’s Banned Books Week! Yay!

There are many books on this list that we have in the GFL. Perhaps you might like to see what all the fuss is about!

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Banned Books on Destiny

PS. This is the 200th post on this blog! Huzzah!


Book Week Activity with English classes

During the last two weeks we have run an activity with our Year 9 and 10 English classes where the students get together in pairs to read each of the books in either the Early Childhood and Picture Book of the Year categories.

Here are some of their responses to the books:

The book I liked best was Kissed By The Moon. I liked it because it had very interesting illustrations and the reflected the words on the page to a good standard. A nice read all ’round. A peaceful story with a happy ending. I like happy endings.

The book I liked best was King Pig. I liked it because it was about greediness and that will always be a huge problem.

The book I liked best was Granny Grommet and Me. I liked it because it had great illustrations and a fun storyline with descriptive words.

The book I liked best was The Swap. I liked it because it made sense and it wasn’t repetitive. The crocodiles were funny.

The book I liked best was Rules of Summer. I liked it because it had very nice and detailed illustrations to impart the story, and with enough text to explain the entire story.

The book I liked best was Banjo and Ruby Red. I liked it because it led me through a series of emotions and left me feeling warm and fuzzy inside.

The book I liked best was The Treasure Box. I liked it because it showed that no matter what you do or don’t have you can be happy with it, and love it and what it means to you.

The book I liked best was Silver Buttons. I liked it because the whole book is set within a time space of one minute, however you don’t realise this until the end, making the child’s first step seem insignificant.

The book I liked best was Parachute. I liked it because it demonstrated the change in grown yup. When he was young everything was exaggerated, until he grew older and then he towered over the elephant.

The book I liked best was Baby Bedtime. I liked it because it was really cute and it had good colours and storyline, The words were interesting and it had a lot of meaning in it.

The book I liked best was I’m a Dirty Dinosaur. I liked it because it flowed really well, it was fun to read and the illustrations were really unique.

The book I liked best was The Windy Farm.  I liked it because it is about hardships and forgiveness, and the book’s ending is enjoyable.

 

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The students had three minutes to read each book, discuss it and then score it out of 10. Then, once six books had been read, the students had to pick their favourite title and write down why. We used an idea from the Ipswich Teacher-Librarian network Book Week activity book, and the booklets were designed by our Junior Teacher-Librarian, Mrs Ross.

The winner of the Early Childhood Category was Banjo and Ruby Red, with The Snap and Granny Grommet and Me as Honour books

The winner of the Picture Book Category was Rules of Summer, with The Windy Farm, King Pig, and The Treasure Box as Honour books.

This activity was heaps of fun for the students and teachers, and we recommend it to teachers to use with all age groups.