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Free Book Week Celebrations with Book Celebrities for Children and Young Adults



The Book Week Celebrations are going to be amazing this year! Brisbane will be hosting the Book of the Year Awards and all the talent is going to be in town for it!

Book Links Queensland  is partnering with The Children’s Book Council Australia, Queensland Branch and the State Library of Queensland to create a day full of events for children and young people.

On Saturday 18th August  Book Week celebrations for children and YA will take place at the Queensland State Library on Southbank from 10:00am – 2:00pm.

All sessions are free.


Be aware sessions are running concurrently and may need to be booked! Choices can be tough!

Here is an overview of the day:

10:30 – 11:30am

Authentic Teen Voices A YA Panel featuring authors Charlie Archbold, Cath Crowley, Simmone Howell and Fiona Wood. Chaired by CBCA (Qld President) Trish Buckley.

Take Three Collage

Mallee Boys Collage

How do authors create authentic teen voices? What does that even mean? Join four CBCA award winning young adult novelists as they discuss their processes for developing a realistic character. The panel discussion will conclude with time at the end for audience questions.


This session is aimed at a teen audience but others with an interest in YA literature are welcome to attend. Bookings



How to Journal like a Genius – A writing journal is like a small bird’s nest, an important place where tiny ideas grow and hatch. Discover the way keeping a journal can help a writer welcome crackling ideas and fresh new ways of seeing the world! Come along for a fun and interactive session with Lisa Shanahan, author of The Grand, Genius Summer of Henry Hoobler, suitable for children aged 8-12 years.

genius shanahan

10:00 and 11:20am

Join Ronojoy Ghosh illustrator of I’m an Australian Too by Mem Fox.

Im an Australian Too _ Ronojoy

10:40 and 12:00

Put on your pilot clothes and have your photo taken with Prue Mason.

Amazing Australians in Their Flying Machines With Prue and Kerry Mason

Meet two real-life pilots – Kerry and Prue. Kerry is a captain for Virgin Airlines and has been flying for over 50 years. Prue flies vintage aeroplanes for fun and is a member of the Australian Women Pilot’s Association. Anything you want to know about aeroplanes and flying they will be able to find the answer for you.

Fact: 120 years ago there were no aeroplanes in Australia or the world. Now in Australia there are more than 20,000 aircraft.

See for yourself how many aeroplanes are flying around Australia and the world in real time with the Radar 24 app.
Learn how to master the art of making your own paper Galaxy Fighter or Stealth Invader.
You too can be an Amazing Australian in a Flying Machine. Dress up like a pilot in the old days or become a modern day airline captain. Grab a selfie to show your friends that flying is fun!

Prue Mason Flying Machines

10:40 and 12:00

A giant book of Rodney Loses It will be read to the crowds with Christina Krebs. Learn how to draw Rodney!

Christina Krebbs Rodney Collage

11:20 and 12:40pm

Meet Peter Carnavas author and illustrator of The Elephant.

Carnavas Elephant


Hark! It’s Storytime! Discover the glorious fun and magic of picture books! Join award-winning author Lisa Shanahan, for an energetic, interactive story time session, exploring Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee and Bear and Chook by the Sea, suitable for younger children aged 5-8 years.

shanahan pbs


Come and meet Patrick Guest author of Second Sky

Guest Second Sky


Book Week activities for Find Your Treasure

10:00 – 2:00pm

Book readings, book signings and hands on activities. The Library Bookshop will be open the whole day!

Please spread the word! Share on social media with your friends! You don’t want to miss this meeting our Aussie Book Celebs!

For more information about the official announcement of the CBCA Book Week Awards or how to tune in for a live streaming, check for details.


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