Romancing the Stars in March

IMG_1840 121KBThe month of March is the time to get ready to speed date the authors. The first event is on the Sunshine Coast in collaboration with Voices on the Coast on Friday 8 March. The aim is to meet 18 of the authors and illustrators who have had new books out in the previous 12 months and get an insight into the creator and their books. Of course there is food and drinks plus the chance to win books and sometimes artwork in the raffle and the quiz. It’s loads of fun and everyone enjoys the social atmosphere and the chance to rub shoulders with the literati of the children’s literature world.

Find out who will be at the Sunshine Coast event.

Then check out the talent for the Brisbane event Friday 15 March at St Joseph’s Nudgee College.

Big Kids Lit Quiz raises funds for IBBY

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Congratulations Big Kids Lit Quizzers!

Thank you. You have helped raise $500 for IBBY. So much fun and frivolity was had last year that this end of year’s luncheon numbers increased from 24 to 40. Yahoo to you Kids Literature supporters!

As we sat in air-conditioned comfort, we were entertained by feisty MC Mia Macrossan. Accolades to Mia who kept some 40 participants on the hop firing out six rounds of quiz questions. Much nail biting and open disbelief at the obvious answers had a few rubbing their chin and thumping their foreheads. Some team members exclaimed, ‘Oh! We knew that… Why didn’t we write it down…’ when the MC read out the answers.

Some of the categories were colour (clever use of titles with colour), visual illustrations (very difficult – next time we need front covers of books with blanked-out text), made in Queensland. It was very exciting when each winning team in a category selected a free book from the gourmet books. Much appreciation to Dimity Powell for the huge donation of books.

After the scrumptious first course, the Quiz started. Its focus was children’s books – from Picture Books to YA novels. In between breaks was the favourite game of Heads and Tails. All ran seamlessly with thanks to co-ordinator Jenny Stubbs and her quiz question expert Mia.

The luncheon of fresh Christmas meats, roast chicken, smoked fish, pumpkin and spinach salad, green salad, super food salad and condiments was a huge hit. For dessert, the create-your-own pavs with choices of freshly cut fruit pieces and double dollop cream left a delightfully sweet taste as motivation for next year. Massive thank you to Jenny and Shirley Stubbs for their extraordinary MasterChef expertise.

Awards were presented on the day. Story Links Writing Competition co-ordinator Mia Macrossan presented winner Debbie Smith with her prize.

Also, CBCA Qld President Trisha Buckley presented Judith Russell with a special plaque for being made a Life Member of the Queensland Branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia.

Thank you to our wonderful authors and illustrators, members from Book Links, Write Links, Story Links, CBCA Qld, SCBWI, QSLA, May Gibbs Childrens’ Literature Trust, Last Tuesday Book Club plus teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians, library technicians for joining us for this social Christmas event.

With this achieved, we look forward to an even greater 2019 Big Kids Lit Quiz Xmas Luncheon.

Big Kids Lit Quiz

Join us for an end of year party for the Kids Lit community with a quiz based on children’s literature.

· Our Lady’s College, 15 Chester Rd, Annerley

· Sunday, 25 Nov. 2017 | 12:00 – 3:00PM

· $15 per team member. Make up a team of four.

· RSVP Trybooking

Food supplied but BYO drinks. Win prizes and raffles.

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Proceeds to IBBY (International Board on Books for Young people

We invite CBCA Qld, SCBWI, QSLA, May Gibbs Trust, teachers, librarians, teacher-librarians, library technicians and any lovers of KidsLit to join us for lunch followed by six rounds of quiz questions.

The aim is to have some end of year fun with friends, help raise funds for IBBY and find out how the International Kids Lit Quiz works.

In 2019 there will be three heats in Qld, Ipswich, Gold Coast and Brisbane.

Gregg Dreise to speak at AGM

Gregg Dreise playing the didge

Join us for our AGM followed by a special talk by author and illustrator Gregg Dreise. Book here via Trybooking for this free event.

Next year will be International year of Indigenous Languages.
In the lead up we have asked Gregg to talk about Diversity in Children’s Literature.

He will cover the following topics in a one hour presentation.
1. My culture
2. Working with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation
2. Adding colour to stories
3. Including languages to stories
4. Getting permission to use indigenous content

Gregg Dreise is a gifted artist, storyteller and musician, and he features the didgeridoo and guitar in his performances at schools, libraries and festivals. He is a descendant of the Kamilaroi and Yuwalayaay people of south-west Queensland and north-west New South Wales.

He is the author and illustrator of Silly Birds; Kookoo Kookaburra; Mad Magpie; and the soon to be released Cunning Crow & My Culture and Me. All of these stories are about teaching morals. They address friendship, kindness, bullying and indigenous culture.

Gregg is also the illustrator of the classic story Tiddalik the Frog, and has poetry with his illustrations in the anthology A Boat of Stars; and illustrations in High 5 to the Boys and contributions towards Why I Love Australia.

He is very proud to be helping the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to bring books, laughter confidence and fun to remote communities around Australia. I Open the Door was a collaboration with students from remote communities in Western Australia, a Victorian School and the wonderfully talented Ann James and Judy Watson.
Travelling to schools all over Australia and other countries in the world has continually expanded his love of his profession. He is proud to work with Magabala Books, Pearson Publishing, ABC Books, Penguin Random House, Harper Collins and the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The AGM will commence at 2pm followed by the presentation with Gregg Dreise around 2.30pm.

Level 2, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place
South Brisbane, Qld 4101

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.

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10:00 and 11:20am

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

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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.

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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.

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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.


Write Links’ Mini Fest is A GO!

Join award winning and multi-published children’s and YA authors and illustrators Peter Carnavas, Isobelle Carmody and Dave Lowe for a day of master classes on Saturday the 11th of August at the State Library on South Bank.

Learn from these talented authors and illustrators, get your questions answered and your books signed.

These master classes will be especially of interest to emerging and experienced children’s and YA writers, but newbies and lovers of children’s literature are also welcome.

Planned by authors for authors, Write Links members and YA and Children’s Book Authors Hayley Jackson and Charlotte Barkla with assistance of children’s author and illustrator and Write Links Coordinator Yvonne Mes have been planning this amazing event and they know just what you are looking for!

They have aimed to give you a well-rounded day which looks at everything from picture books to writing for Young Adults and to go beyond the basics.

The presenters have been selected based on their engaging and informative presentation styles and their expertise in their areas.

This event would not be possible without the support from Book Links.

Booking Button Book Your Tickets Here!

7.45am – Registration and Networking
8.15am – Welcome
8.30 am- 10.30am Peter Carnavas, Picture Book and Junior Fiction Author and Illustrator talks about picture book writing and illustrating.
Morning Tea and Book Signing
11am – 1pm Isobelle Carmody, YA and Children’s Writer will look at developing an authentic voice across a novel, creating diverse characters and developing strong character arcs.
Lunch and Book Signing
2.30pm – 4.30pm Dave Lowe, Junior Novel Author will focus on instilling humour into your story and structuring your junior fiction novel.
Book Signing

Please note that morning tea and lunch are not included. You can purchase food and drinks from the  Bookshop Cafe and Whale Mall Cafe.
Book signings will take place in the Library Bookshop across from Room 1B.

Full Day $60.00 for Book Links/ Write Links Members and students
Full Day $80.00 non members

Room 1B, State Library of Queensland
Cultural Precinct
Stanley Place, South Brisbane, Qld 4101

Peter Carnavas 

Peter Carnavas

Peter creates picture books for children and grown-ups to enjoy. He writes simple yet poignant tales, accompanied by whimsical illustrations, which combine to create layers of meaning for the reader. His books include Jessica’s Box, Last Tree in the City, The Great Expedition and his latest picture book, The Children Who Loved Books, a warm and moving celebration of books and the ways in which they bring us together. He has also collaborated with Pat Flynn on My Totally Awesome Story, an action-packed comedy that manages to make kids laugh and learn how to write stories at the same time.
Peter’s presentations involve cartooning, storytelling tips, illustration techniques, hands-on fun and lots of audience participation. With a background in primary school teaching, Peter has a natural rapport with children and loves showing them how they can create stories and illustrations themselves.
Peter’s work has been nominated for many awards, including the Queensland Premier’s Literary Award, The Children’s Book Council of Australia Crichton Award and Speech Pathology Australia’s Book of the Year Award. His books have been translated into many languages.
Peter was honoured to be a National Year of Reading Ambassador in 2012 and continues his role as a Love2Read National Ambassador in 2013.


Isobelle Carmody

Isobelle Carmody is one of Australia’s most highly acclaimed authors of fantasy. At fourteen, she began Obernewtyn, the first book in her much-loved Obernewtyn Chronicles, and has since written many works in this genre. Her novel The Gathering was joint winner of the 1993 Children’s Literature Peace Prize and the 1994 CBCA Book of the Year Award, and Greylands was joint winner of the 1997 Aurealis Award for Excellence in Speculative Fiction (Young Adult category), and was named a White Raven at the 1998 Bologna Children’s Book Fair.
Isobelle’s work for younger readers includes her two series, The Legend of Little Fur, and The Kingdom of the Lost, the first book of which, The Red Wind, won the CBCA Book of the Year Award for Younger Readers in 2011. She has also written several picture books as well as collections of short stories for children, young adults and adults.


Dave Lowe

Dave is a Brisbane-based author of twelve acclaimed books aimed at children between 7 and 11.

The ‘Stinky and Jinks’ books, illustrated by Mark Chambers, follow the exciting adventures of a boy and his genius hamster. The first book, My Hamster is a Genius, was highly commended at the prestigious Sheffield Book Awards in the UK in 2013 (second only to Tom Gates) and the series (six books) has already been translated into six languages, and has sold over 100,000 copies worldwide.

Dave is also the author of two ‘Squirrel Boy’ books, illustrated by Cate James, about a new kind of superhero, and his 73 year-old sidekick, Mrs Onions. The first book, Squirrel Boy vs The Bogeyman, won a Lancashire Fantastic Book award in 2016.   Winner of Teach Primary Book Award 2018 – UK

What are you waiting for? Book your ticket now!

The Narelle Oliver Lecture with Morris Gleitzman

Australian Children’s Laureate for 2018-2019, Morris Gleitzman, presented the Book Links Annual Narelle Oliver Lecture on 14th June, 2018, at St Aidan’s Anglican Girls’ School.

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Morris Gleitzman

Book Links President and children’s author Yvonne Mes introduced the lecture and Megan Daley, a passionate children’s literature advocate and award-winning teacher librarian,  who shared her personal and rich memories of her dear friend and colleague, the talented author-illustrator-artist, Narelle Oliver.

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Megan Daley and Yvonne Mes

From the Narelle Oliver exhibition ‘I want to be in a book’, audience members were immersed in a recreation of Narelle’s home studio and her stunning illustrative artwork. It was the perfect setting to honour Narelle and her contribution to children’s literature.

The Annual Narelle Oliver Lecture aims to raise the profile of children’s literature, to stimulate discussion and disseminate the results of current research on children’s literature. There was no better introduction to this than Morris Gleitzman’s lecture theme, ‘young people need stories more than ever’.

As an author of nearly 40 books for young people, published in around 20 countries, Morris has won numerous awards for his work both nationally and internationally. Some of his titles include Two Weeks with the Queen, Grace, Doubting Thomas, Bumface, Give Peas A Chance, Extra Time, Loyal Creatures, Snot Chocolate and the series Once, Then, Now, After, Soon and Maybe.

Moris Gleitzman Lecture 2018

Morris commenced his lecture with an invitation of imaginings –  to firstly imagine living as an 11 year old in Australia and to consider whether this 11 year old could share the same dreams and aspirations of their parents and grandparents. Morris highlighted how young people today face unprecedented challenges as they take over a world that is worse than previous generations – a world that feels more unsafe and uncertain with the consequences of climate change, wars, terrorism and a breakdown in human compassion and respect.

Morris discussed ‘the surface imperative in which we live’, where the modern human condition is one that glances at the surface and makes some sort of judgement based simply on the physicality of others. In a culture with glittering, fascinating surfaces full of promise and hope there is no depth and our trust in truth is waning.

It is within this backdrop, that Morris discussed how young people need stories more urgently than ever. Stories to help equip, support and inspire them as they face huge challenges in their lives. He highlighted how it is in stories that children embark on a journey with their characters who they connect with and form a relationship. These characters can teach children bravery, honesty, team work, empathy, problem-solving, resilience and how to deal with enemies.

In understanding how stories transport children into a world where they too can learn to marshal their resources, we understand how important this imaginative journey is to their developmental. Morris emphasised that as guardians we need to take these stories to where they belong, at the centre of children’s lives.

He also delighted us with his own stories, such as his ‘Book at bedtime’ promotional tour where Morris toured around Australia in his pyjamas for five weeks. In one country town, he had to rush straight from a book signing in his pyjamas to the only restaurant in town before it closed for dinner. In illustrating the surface imperative, he quoted the thoughts of the other restaurant goers, ‘isn’t that nice they let him out for the night.’

We too were grateful that ‘they let him out for the night’.  Throughout Morris’ lecture we came to understand why now more than ever, children and young people need ‘stories to delight, stories to beguile, stories to inspire, stories to move deeply.

Story by Liane McDermott, aspiring author and grateful member of Book Links and Write Links. 

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Jessica Lim and Rebecca Sheraton
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Pamela and Peter Rushby
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Yvonne Mes, Morris Gleitzman and Hannah Klokman
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Dimity Powell and Norah Colvin



Lecture Morris Gleitzman 2018