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Shortlist announced – 2016 Redgum Young Writers Award

“Have big dreams. You will grow into them.”

“Five young authors have been shortlisted in two award categories – Children’s Short Story and Children’s Picture Book – with the winners to be announced in the first week of March. The shortlisted authors represent both public and private schools from across the nation. New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria, West Australia and the ACT are all represented in the short list. ”

You can see the shortlist HERE.

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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.


Inkys Longlists Announced

The Inkys Longlist for the Gold (Australian) and Silver (International) Inkys have been announced on the SLV ReadAlert Blog.

You can see the blogpost HERE.

And check out this list to see which ones we have in the GFL.

2012 GOLD INKY LONGLIST (Australian)

Shift by Em Bailey – F BAI

Night Beach by Kirsty Eagar – F EAG

Brotherband 1: The Outcasts by John Flanagan – F FLA

Act of Faith by Kelly Gardiner – F GAR

Queen of the Night by Leanne Hall – Ordered

Blood Song by Rhiannon Hart – F HAR

Sea Hearts by Margo Lanagan – Ordered

The Coming of the Whirlpool: Ship Kings 1 by Andrew McGahan – F MCG

The Deep: Here Be Dragons, Volume 1 by Tom Taylor (illustrated by James Brouwer)

The Reluctant Hallelujah by Gabrielle Williams – Ordered

2012 SILVER INKY LONGLIST (International)

Bitterblue by Kirstin Cashore – Ordered (plus the first two in the trilogy)

BZRK by Michael Grant – F GRA (and in audiobook too!)

The Fault in Our Stars by John Green – F GRE

Why We Broke Up by Daniel Handler – Ordered

Storm: Elementals 1 by Brigid Kemmerer – F KEM

Legend by Marie Lu – F LU

A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness – F NES

Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins – F PER

The Scorpio Races by Maggie Stiefvater – F STI

Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor – Ordered

Some totally wicked titles here! Get stuck into them!


Inkys LONGLISTS announced

HI!

The Inkys are the only awards for Australian awards for books for young adults that are judged by young adults. The Inkys Longlist was announced today and includes:

GOLD INKY LONG LIST

(Australian titles)

  • Pigboyby JC Burke (GFL F-BUR)
  • Good Oil by Laura Buzo (GFL F-BUZ)
  • Just a Girl by Jane Caro (GFL F- CAR)
  • The FitzOsbourne’s in Exile by Michelle Cooper (Coming Soon!)
  • Graffiti Moon by Cath Crowley (Coming Soon!)
  • This is Shyness by Leanne Hall (GFL F- HAL)
  • Black Painted Fingernails by Steven Herrick (GFL F- HER)
  • Silvermay by James Moloney (GFL F- MOL)
  • The Comet Box by Adrian Stirling (GFL F- STI)
  • All I Ever Wanted by Vikki Wakefield (Coming Soon!)

SILVER INKY LONG LIST

(International titles)

  • Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare (Coming Soon!)
  • Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by Rachel Cohn & David Levithan (Coming Soon!)
  • No and Me by Delphine de Vigan (GFL F- VIG)
  • Where She Went by Gayle Forman (GFL F-FOR)
  • Bright Young Things by Anna Godbersen (GFL F- GOD)
  • The Agency: The Body in the Tower by YS Lee (Coming Soon!)
  • Anna and the French Kiss by Stephanie Perkins (GFL F- PER)
  • First Light by Rebecca Stead (GFL F- STE)
  • Marcelo in the Real World by Francisco Stork (GFL F- STO)
  • Violence 101 by Denis Wright (GFL F- WRI)

Wow! Such a strong field.

Also, keep your eyes on the Inside A Dog website for details of a Readers Competition for the Inkys.

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