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Travelling Suitcases application form updated

The Travelling Suitcases application form for schools has been updated (you’ll find it on the Resources page) so if you had an old one sitting around, please bin it. 

The feedback from schools and other organisations that have borrowed the suitcases has been fantastic, so if you haven’t arranged to borrow any yet, I recommend you get in quick.

Narelle Oliver’s book launch

“Don’t let a spoonbill in the kitchen” was launched by the Governor General on Saturday April 20 at the Brisbane Square Library.  The music was exceptional, food divine and art activities with Lee Fullarton complemented the day perfectly. The exhibition of Narelle’s art on display along with one of her Travelling Suitcase added to the occasion.
Riverbend Books seemed to be busy selling copies of the books while
Narelle must have had writer’s cramp by the end of the day with the number of
people queued up for autographs.

Find more photos on the Photos page, all courtesy of Yan Chen Studio.  3K2A1715-4

Romancing the Stars on Valentine’s Day

Romancing the Stars was great fun again this year, in a new location and with a different mix of Stars.  Nadia Sunde showcased her fabulous singing skills as the MC, and joined in with Peter Carnavas’s songs too.  Nick Earls and Terry Whidborne launched their second Word Hunters title, and then it was on to the speed dating.  Once again this was hugely entertaining and informative for the guests, and it looked like the stars were enjoying it too.  Riverbend Books did a roaring trade, and people made the most of having so many authors on hand to sign books.  Book Links president Jenny Stubbs was feeling under the weather, and managed to avoid the camera, which you will see when you go to the Events and Photos page, and check out the gallery of photos from Romancing the Stars 2013.

Brian Falkner
Brian Falkner

Romancing the Stars is on again!

Wine, nibbles, and 20 authors to meet and chat with on Valentine’s Day – what more could you want?  Romancing the Stars is on again, this time at Bulimba State School Hall on Thursday 14 February, 6-8.30pm. 

Check out the poster for all the details, including how to book.


Romancing the Stars

Governor’s speech now available

A copy of the speech the Governor gave at the reception to celebrate the National Year of Reading  and the contribution of Book Links, is now available on Government House’s website.  Here’s the link: 

And here’s a taster:

“Book Links‘ fundamental premise is, after all, that the love of the spoken and written word among children of all ages can be nurtured by providing access to the best stories and the best illustrations – particularly those from Queensland – and through bringing the authors and readers of children’s books closer together.  ReadUp is a very important element in this, and I am pleased today to lend my strong support, as Governor and Patron, to this excellent initiative to encourage all schools and libraries in Queensland to make maximum use of its resources, and to encourage parents, grandparents, and other reading role-models in the community to help young children enter into the spirit of ReadUp and read, read, read! ”

It really was an excellent speech, so I hope you enjoy it.



These are the Champions!

Here’s the most important photo from the recent Kids Lit Quiz – the winners!

Bulimba State School’s winning team, with Book Links President Jenny Stubbs, and Quiz Master Wayne Mills.

  Congratulations to Bulimba State School for their success.

The Big Read Results

As part of the National Year of Reading, Book Links Qld held The Big Read to celebrate stories set in Queensland. We put together three lists of books written for young people and asked everyone to vote for the one in each category they felt best defined life in Queensland.  The votes came in online and via mail and the winners were announced on Saturday 25th August at the State Library of Queensland as part of the Reading Hour Event for National Year of Reading.

 And the winners are:

(drum roll)

In the Older Reader Category selected by adult readers, Dust by Chris Bongers, a story set in rural Qld in the 1970s. Dust was also a notable book in 2010 in the CBCA Book of the Year Awards and long-listed and highly commended for the Prime Ministers Literary Award.

In the Younger Reader Category selected by both adult and young readers, Henry Hoey Hobson by Chris Bongers, a story set in the suburbs of Brisbane.  Henry Hoey Hobson was also shortlisted in 2011 for the CBCA Book of the Year Awards, the WA Premier’s Book Awards and the Qld Premier’s Literary Awards.

 In the Picture Book Category selected by the young readers Dinosaur Dreaming written by Justin D’Ath and illustrated by Mike Spoor tells the story of dinosaur discovery in Western Queensland.

 In the Picture Book Category selected by adult readers The Flying Orchestra by Clare McFadden is a musical journey with many recognisable scenes of Brisbane.  The Flying Orchestra also won the 2011 Crichton Award for best new illustrator.

 Chris Bongers was able to come along to accept her awards, but unfortunately the other authors and illustrators could not attend.  The two picture books were read to the audience.  Giant replica dinosaur fossil bones added to the interest of the children for Dinosaur Dreaming, while everyone was carried away by the beautiful music played to accompany the reading of The Flying Orchestra.

 Thanks to everyone who voted!