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Big Lit Quiz for Grown-Ups

Modelled on the Kids’ Lit Quiz in which children around the world compete for first place as experts in children’s books, Book Links hosted its own quiz, the Big Lit Quiz (for Grown-Ups) it was an opportunity for organisations that contribute to children’s literature in and around Brisbane to celebrate the end of a fabulous literary year.

Members from the Children’s Book Council Australia (Queensland), Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators (Queensland), The May Gibbs Children’s Literature Trust, Write Links and Book Links came together to compete and were kept in control by author and quiz master extra-extraordinaire Brian Falkner.


Money raised went to the Australian Children’s Laureate Program.

After a delicious lunch buffet, the teams divided into groups of four and completed six rounds of questions. The winners of each round got to choose a book donated by wonderful Book Links members such as Dimity Powell and competed for various sweet during extra trivia questions rounds.

It was an afternoon to indulge, connect with old friends, make new ones and determine the real experts of all things kid lit!

A big thank you goes to Book Links’ Jenny Stubbs, who organised this events, the questions, AND lunch and dessert.

Get ready for THE BIG READ!

 As part of National Year of Reading, Book Links Qld is holding The Big Read to celebrate stories set in Queensland.  After much consultation we have put together three lists of books in print that met our criteria. The sections are Older Readers, Younger Readers and Picture Books. Not all picture books are aimed at Early Childhood Readers.

The task is to read as many books from the list as you can, then vote for the one that you feel best defines Queensland. You may vote for only one book in a section but you may vote in more than one section.  You may vote as an adult or as a young person.

You need to record your vote by the 31st July 2012.  The results of the voting will be announced on Saturday 25th August. Event information will be advertised on this blog in the future.

To register your vote online go to the Ipswich City Council library website 

You may also fill in a form and leave it at your local public or school library.  If you prefer to post your vote, then send it to The Big Read, 43 John Street, Rosewood 4340.

Schools or public libraries may choose to tally votes from forms that do not have an email address and post them, but please post those who wish to be in the draw for a National Year of Reading prize.  


Book Links (Qld) hosts ‘Romancing the Stars’

Introducing a new event for Book Links (Queensland)!

We look forward to hosting an evening function showcasing Queensland’s own children’s authors and illustrators and brings creators together with those who spread the word about books. 

This year we’re ROMANCING THE STARSwell, it is on St Valentine’s Night! We’ll also launch Australia’s NATIONAL YEAR OF READING and THE BIG READ. Drinks and canapés provided.

Calling all interested Teacher-Librarians, Librarians and anyone who loves books for children and young adults. This is for you! 

Speed date author and illustrators, hear The Sunde Sisters sing about romance, and find out which books about Queensland have been selected for The Big Read.

The Sunde Sisters, Nadia and Angela.

Book Link (Qld) members $15  Non-members $20   Check out EVENTS for further details and for the PDF link suitable for printing.