The Centre for Children’s Literature

Slide Book Links’ Travelling Suitcases are filled with interesting and curious keepsakes from five of Queensland’s top children’s book authors and illustrators Slide The Narelle Oliver Lecture The Narelle Oliver lecture was established in 2015 to raise the profile and value of children’s literature, to stimulate discussion and disseminate the results of current research on children’s literature. This is an annual event. Slide Romancing the Stars Romancing the Stars is an annual event that has taken place since 2012 in Brisbane and has since included events held on the Gold Coast and the Sunshine Coast.

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From the Blog

Book Links 2023 Award for Children’s Historical Fiction Long List Announced!

The Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction is for books with an implied readership up to the age of fourteen. Books may be fiction, graphic novels or illustrated fiction that fit the genre of historical fiction. The Judges assessed […]

Book Links StoryArts Brisbane 2022

A very wet weekend kept a few people away, but overall, Book Links StoryArts Brisabne (BSAB) was a huge success with thanks to all the volunteers who helped out in the lead up and on the day, especially Danielle Freeland […]

Piano Fingers Exhibition with Caroline Magerl

The month of October provided the opportunity for many children and adults to see the wonderful illustrations and paintings of Caroline Magerl.  There were developmental drawings and paintings which gave an insight into the processes involved in creating this book. […]

Winners of the Mentorship announced

The winners of the Book Links Mentorship were announced by Dr Robyn Sheahan Bright at Book Links StoryArts Brisbane Conference on Saturday 22 October 2022. WINNER: R.M. Little Saltwater and Ash (YA) This submission was presented in a very impressive synopsis conveying […]

Book Links Mentorship Longlist

BOOK LINKS (QLD) MENTORSHIP 2022 LONGLIST (in alphabetical order by last name) Congratulations to the following Ree Evans Following Footprints (PB) and Collecting Clouds (PB) Helen Gearing Gracie the Diamond (JF) Lara Cain Gray The Machine (PB)\ Karen Hendriks My […]

Entry for Mentorship extended

The entry date for the Book Links Mentorship has been extended to 17 September. Applicants are invited to submit a synopsis and the first two chapters or first 6000 words of a work of fiction for either junior or YA […]

Caroline Magerl Exhibition

Author/Illustrator Caroline Magerl will be in residence at The Lighthouse Toowoomba throughout October with an exhibition of illustrations and developmental drawings showing how Piano Fingers was created.  Alongside the artwork, panels of works showing the roughs for the book will […]

Winner of the 2022 Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction is…

Cuckoo’s Flight by Wendy Orr has won the 2022 Book Links Award for Children’s Historical Fiction. The win was announced at an online event attended by all the shortlisted authors, Mirranda Burton, Lorraine Marwood, Katrina Nannestad and Wendy Orr, and three of […]

A is for Activisim book list

At the recent Book Links’ Narelle Oliver Lecture with Dr Robn Sheahan-Bright, the topic covered was A is for Activism. To delve more in to this topic you can read the list of books referred to that have been added […]

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