Thursday, December 15, 2005

Tasmanian writers in line for $155,000 award,5936,17497684%255E3462,00.html
I met one of my favourite authors

Young reader meets Michael Morpurgo
They're changing their 'toons

Article on the history of comic books and impact of graphic novels
They're changing their 'toons

Article on the history of comic books and impact of graphic novels
Tasmanian Public Libraries introduce porn blocks,5936,17528784%255E921,00.html
Writer fulfils book dream...

with publication of Colin Thiele biography.,5936,8882300%255E30778,00.html
The True History of the Kelly Gang wins more awards,5936,3882548%255E30779,00.html
A writer's life: Neil Gaiman

UK Telgraph article
In Victoria The State Library is putting on display many of the treasures of its rare book collection.

Monday, December 05, 2005

UK writer and actress Mary Hayley Bell dies at 94

Daily Telegraphy report from the UK

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Students on line for a chat with Morris

Account of an author activity at Blechington Public School
Shadowlands of Narnia

An article abour C. S. Lewis in The Scotsman.
National snapshot of children's development

Nearly a quarter of Australian children could be developmentally at risk, according to the findings of the Australian Early Development Index (AEDI), a national research project that measures children's developmental progress as they enter school.
New Disney Narnia Website
Berenstain Bears co-creator dies

Thursday, November 17, 2005

Best Children's Books of 2005 from Publisher's Weekly
'We are breaking down barriers'

E-learning in Ireland,10577,1642290,00.html
Toronto author and journalist David Gilmour has won the Governor General's Literary Award for English fiction for A Perfect Night to Go to China

Monday, November 14, 2005

It's Children's Book Week

In the United States from November 14-20, 2005. Take a look at the CBC website

Sunday, November 13, 2005

'Mable Riley' earns children's book award

TD Canadian Children's Literature Award winner is announced.
Microsoft moves to digitize British Library;9308950;fp;16;fpid;0
Great Graphic Novels for Teens

Nominate your favourite for the ALA list to be published in 2007.
Touring the world in a paper doll

The Flat Stanley project has a blog. Read about it at:

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

The art of melancholy

Interview with cartoonist anad author, Chris Ware,6109,1605195,00.html
Blossoming story of the Rain Flower

AIATSIS Chairman Professor Mick Dodson launched The Rain Flower on 8 October at the National Library of Australia as part of the Canberra Readers and Writers Festival.
They love what Simon says

Francesca Simon's popular Horrid Henry stories are set to be on TV in the UK.,6903,1604382,00.html
Peas, love and understanding

Article about Lauren child and her "Princess and the pea".,6903,1604378,00.html
The books that devour Frankfurt - a report from the Frankfurt Book Fair

Thursday, October 27, 2005

2005 Once Upon a World Children's Book Award

"Ellington was not a street" is this year's winner,0,5353557.story?coll=la-living-kids_reading_room
The most read children's author in British public libraries

Read the The NGfL guide to Jacqueline Wilson at

Sunday, October 23, 2005

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

2005 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards

Sonya Hartnett's novel "Surrender" last night won the $30,000 Vance Palmer Prize for Fiction.
YARA Awards

Voting for the Young Australian Readers' Award closes this Friday - for further info go to

Monday, October 10, 2005

New Literary Award

'The Blooker Prize,' The World's First Literary Prize for 'Blooks' (Books Based On Blogs or Web Sites) Launches October 10th
Zellweger to play children's author Beatrix Potter

American actress Renée Zellweger has been signed up to play Beatrix Potter in a film about the celebrated author's life.
Two articles about Children's author Robin Stewart's new book,20281,16867714-5001022,00.html,5936,16864513%255E3102,00.html

The book is about a 175 year old tortoise that lievs at Steve Irwin's zoo
Mem Fox hits the headlines in Idaho

Read about Mem's Conference presentation

Sunday, October 09, 2005

Ingpen and paper

A detailed article was recently published in The Age about Australia author and illustrator, Robert Ingpen. It is available by subscription.

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Kate Thompson wins Guardian Award

"The New Policeman" took out the 2005 award,6109,1581645,00.html?gusrc=rss
Author interview,12084,1581274,00.html
Can't manage to get to the AASL Conference?

Find out what's happening from the conference blog at
Boston Globe–Horn Book Awards for Excellence in Children’s Literature

2005 Winners and Honor Books
Smarties Awards

The shortlists for the Nestle Children's Book Prize (formerly know as the Smarites Awards) were announced yesterday. See the list at :
Great Online Journal for Teacher Librarians

The latest issue of SLIC, titled "Young People and Literature", is now online at
Fancy a trip to the ACT?

The 3rd Canberra Readers and Writers Festival will be held from 6-9 October at the National Library of Australia. International and Australian writers include Ian Holding, Greg Baker, Merlinda Bobis, John Muk Muk Burke, Ian Callinan, Miranda Darling, Shirely Fenton-Huie, Jackie French, Wayne Grogan, Clive Hamilton, Kate Holden, Aneurin Hughes, Diane Langmore, Gabrielle Lord, Melissa Lucashenko, Nigel Marsh, Maxine McArthur, Michael McGirr, Lizz Murphy, Peter Raftos, Kaaren Sutcliffe and Peter Saunders Program available at:

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Helen Cresswell Obituaries

British author, Helen Cresswell, died this week aged 71. There have bee a number of tributes in the British Press.,,1580373,00.html

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Animalia bound for the small screen
The series, for Ten Network in Australia, is based on the alphabet picture book by Graeme Base.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Happy 10th Birthday Internet Public Library

The timeline of its development is online at
Nancy Drew is popular with granddaughters of her original readers

Seventy-five years since they were first published the adventures of Nancy Drew are being read by a new generation. In honor of the 75th Anniversary of Nancy Drew, the University of Maryland Libraries, Special Collections presents the exhibition Nancy Drew and Friends: Girls' Series Books Rediscovered. Rad about it in The Washington Post at:

Sunday, September 25, 2005

GOT YOU! The Bottersnikes and Gumbles Fan Site

Worth a look is this fan site for S.A. Wakefield's classic series

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Victorian Premier's Literary Awards: Shortlist 2005

The 2005 Victorian Premier's Literary Awards shortlist has been recently announced. The winners will be annonuced on October 17. See the list with judges' comments at
Colin Thompson Desktop Background Images

At his website author and illustrator Colin Thompson has made some of his images available for download. The bookshelf image is available in full colour or sepia.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Fully booked teacher's pet in a class of his own

Article about Ursula Dubosarsky from the Sydney Morning Herald

Sunday, September 18, 2005

E-Portfolios for Learning

Helen Barrett's blog with links to her site on professional portfolios is a must for the teacher librarian who wishes to keep up with current practice.

"MusicAustralia is an online service developed by the National Library of Australia and the National Film and Sound Archive (a division of the Australian Film Commission). MusicAustralia helps you to find, access and navigate a rich store of information on Australian music, musicians, organisations and services from a single access point." Search this database at

The follow a theme feature is similar to that found at PictureAustralia.
Guardian Children's Fiction Prize Shortlist Announced

See the titles at:,16065,1571857,00.html
The winner will be announced on October 1st.
Australian Author hits headlines in Bangkok Post

'The first book I wrote was a children's book," said Andrew Matthews, Australian author of Being a Happy Teen, " Read the full article in the Bangkok Post at

Friday, September 16, 2005

Books for Boys

Over dinner last night a colleague reminded me of Newington College's visually appealing reading lists for boys in years 7-10. "The books that remain are here because people like you have said they are good, not because teachers think they are good for you." Take a look at

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

New UK Report on Young People and the Internet

The nature and meaning of children's internet use and emerging patterns of attitudes and practices across diverse contexts and social groups in the UK are discussed in the report from The London School of Economics. The report is available at :
National Simultaneous Storytime

Wombat Stew was a great hit for National Simultaneous Storytime. At our school 1,000 people gathered for a reading of the story by the Principal and students from Kinder to Year 12. Parkes Christian School also joined the fun. See the newspaper report.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Misrule Blog

One of my favourite blogs is Misrule, The blogger, Australian Judith Ridge, says "Mostly, it concerns itself with news about children's literature." It is a good place to catch up on news with an Australian flavour.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Australian author passes on

Donald Horne, author of The Lucky country died this week aged 83. For further info see 'The Lucky Country' author dies, aged 83
Australian Authors and Illustrators for Young People

I have spent quite a bit of time recently updating the links on this page at recently. The site has hundreds of links to biograpical information, interviews and teaching materials.

The First Post - TLNewsau reborn

It is two years since I posted anything to TLNewsau first edition (now deleted).

Spurred on by
Pat Pledger's session at the IASL Conference in Hong Kong in July I decided to give blogging another go. Hopefully the bits I post here will be of some use to TLs - particularly those in isolated areas.

New Mitchell Library Site

I alerted the staff at school to this a few weeks ago and some were suitably impressed. My mate Kate wrote this week "It’s a Wow! – make sure you go to “our libraries” and go to the door at Mitchell Library and make sure you’ve got your sound on too…"

Take a look at