Friday, December 29, 2006

Top Social Network Awards from Mashable

Good to see that my favourite Librarything got a mention

Herge and Tintin

The Pompidou Centre in Paris is hosting an exhibition until 19 February hightighting the work of Herge, creator of Tintin. For details (in French)

A Guardian article (in English) gives further details at

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

PC Magazine's Best Five Online Services

Thrilled to see one of my favourites "Librarything" made the list of the 5 best "Apps that run on the Net—not on your PC". I must try out some of the other winners.

Nestle Award Winner

Read the Guardian article for the full prize list.,,1971191,00.html

Death of Philippa Pearce

The author of "Tom's midnight garden" has died aged 86. For an obituary see:,,60-2519442.html

Bill Bryson OBE

I have had lots of laughs as I've read Bill's travel tales. It is great to see that he has been awarded an honorary OBE for his contribution to literature.

New SMH Book Blog

I've added the Sydney Morning Herald's Book Blog "Undercover" by Herald writer Susan Wyndham to my feeds at Bloglines

Interview with Chris Chris d'Lacey

Now that Christmas is over I have some time to catch up on news and do some reading. I found this interview with Chris d'Lacey interesting.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

New SLA Publication

When I was in the UK earlier this year I purchased the "Riveting Reads' publications at the SLA Conference. They have been extremely useful as selection tools and as resources for our students as they search for the right book. I notice that there is a new title in the series "Riveting Reads Plus". Purchase details can be found on the SLA weblog at

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

Judith Viorst's picture book is heading for the big screen.

Sydney Student has Book Published

14 year old Charlotte Howland, a student at Pymble Ladies College, has had a story written as a school assignment published.

North Shore Times article:

Olga the Brolga

Rod Clememt's Olga is the inspiration for a dance piece staged in Edinburgh.

Costa Awarad

The finalists for the Costa Children's Book Award, formerly The Whitbread, have been revealed. The BBC has the news at
plus a place for readers to vote for their selection.

Sunday, December 03, 2006

NY Times Selections

10 Best Books of 2006
100 Notable Books
Great ideas for gift-giving or holiday reading.

NZ Online Resource

New Zealand Electronic Text Centre’s free online archive of New Zealand and Pacific Islands texts and heritage materials.

NLA Digital Collections

I am impressed by the growth of the National Library's digitised collections. There is digitised sheet music for such icons as The Aeroplane Jelly Song; MP3s that include interviews and oral histories; maps that include Sketch & description of the settlement at Sydney Cove Port Jackson in the County of Cumberland taken by a transported convict on the 16th of April, 1788, which was not quite 3 months after Commodore Phillips's landing there plus books and serials.

2006 Farjeon Award

Wendy Cooling has won the 2006 Eleanor Farjeon Award, given in the U.K. in recognition of an individual’s outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books. Cooling was honoured for a life spent promoting reading and children’s literature and, in particular for her role in setting up Bookstart, a national program which gives books to every child at eight months, 18 months and three years.

The Run-up to Christmas: A Bookseller Survey

Publisher's Weekly (US) survey lists titles that US Booksellers are particularly excited about for festive gifts. Although the bias is clearly North American the list is a useful tool.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Catherine Jinks in the SMH

Last Saturday's Herald featured an article about Australian author, Catherine Jinks.

Rights of the Reader Poster

From Walker Books is this poster by by Daniel Pennac
illustrated by Quentin Blake that would be a great addition to any library or classroom's display. I'm printing it off in A3 size in colour.

New shortlist

From ACHUKA today

The shortlist for the Costa Children's Book Award (formerly Whitbread) is as follows:

David Almond - Clay (Hodder Children's Books)
Julia Golding - The Diamond of Drury Lane (Egmont Press)
Meg Rosoff - Just In Case (Puffin)
Linda Newbery - Set in Stone (David Fickling Books)

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

Christmas Suggestions

From The Guardian " Julia Eccleshare picks some festive treats for youngsters ". See the selection at,,1956139,00.html

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Just stumbled upon this gem - Author Podcasts

Video and audio podcasts with children's book authors and illustrators are available from the Reading Rockets website. The podcast page is at:
I am downloading Katherine Paterson and Jon Scieszka right now with the Juice podcast receiver.

Standards of Professional Excellence for Teacher Librarians

I conducted another workshop on the ALIA/ASLA Standards in Western Sydney this afternoon. The 30 plus participants from DET schools in the Penrith, Mount Druitt and Blue Mountains areas worked enthusiastically to record ways in which they could demonstrate their achievement of the standards.

Monday, November 13, 2006

Seven Commandments for teacher Librarians

From the ISLMA Conference


I notice that Google has a new test search engine SearchMash It was very slow when I tried it.

ASLA XX -Adelaide October 2007

I'm heading for Adelaide in October for the ASLA Conference. ASLA, the peak body for Teacher Librarians is holding their biennial confernece in the City of Churches. for further information go to

Writers' Workshops

We were lucky to have author John Larkin conduct workshops for our Years 7-10 students over three days last week. John was an excellent facilitator. Our students enjoyed the workshops and the English staff were impressed. I can highly recommend John as a Writer in Residence.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

Ursula Moray Williams

Ursula Moray Williams died on October 17, aged 95.


“Get the picture? The Effects of Iconicity on Toddlers’ Reenactment from Picture Books”

Queensland psychologist, Gabrielle Simcock, reports on a study that shows that "Parents who engage in the age-old tradition of picture-book reading are not only encouraging early reading development in their children but are also teaching their toddlers about the world around them."
The full report is available at the APA site:

New Roald Dahl Biography

Publishing News reports that Donald Sturrock has been chosen by the Dahl family to write a biography of Dahl. HarperCollins will publish the work in 2009


The classic children's book Animalia is being turned into a television series and will be screened in Australia in just over a year. See the announcement

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

From last week's SMH

Enigma unmasks with her final saga - an article about Lian Hearn (aka Gillian Rubinstein)

Nominate your favourite Carnegie and Greenaway book of all time

Go to the Carnegie Greenaway Website to cast your vote online

Monday, October 30, 2006

Theodore Taylor

I was saddened to her of the passing at 85 of Theodore Taylor, author of The Cay.

New York Sun
LA Times
Dallas News

Literary Lunch

I had the pleasure of hearing Susan Duncan talk about her book Salvation Creek at a lunch at Pasadena on Pittwater last Friday. Susan, a former media high flier, gave up her exciting life for the peace of Pittwater after the two important men in her life died withn days of each other. Susan bares her soul as she chronicles her journey in Salvation Creek, a well written and easy to read story.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

New Graeme Base Title

I note from that Graeme has launched a new book in the US but I have not seen it here in Australia yet.
2006 KOALA Awards

The awards were announced yesterday at KOALAs 20th birthday celebration at Taronga Zoo. The eight young people I know who attended the awards had a wonderful time and particularly enjoyed hearing from Pamela Allen and Felice Arena. They were thriled to have our library copy of Dump Bear signed by Matt Dray.

Awards List:
News from across the Tasman

LIANZA Children's Book Awards announced
UK Nestlé 2006 Shortlist Announced

In the ages 9–11 category, the titles are: The Diamond of Drury Lane by Julia Golding The Tide Knot by Helen Dunmore and The Pig Who Saved the World by Paul Shipton .

In the ages 6–8 category, the titles are: Hugo Pepper by Paul Stewart and Chris Riddell Mouse Noses on Toast by Daren King, illustrated by David Roberts and The Adventures of the Dish and the Spoon by Mini Grey In the ages 5 and under category, the titles are: Wibbly Pig's Silly Big Bear by Mick Inkpen ,The Emperor of Absurdia by Chris Riddell and The Rabbit Belongs to Emily Brown by Cressida Cowell and Neal Layton.
Go west to see some etchings

I wouldn't mind nipping over to Perth to see the exhibition of Norman Lindsay's etchings.,20867,20570629-16947,00.html

LT06 Conference

I enjoyed the recent Sydney conference at Pymble Ladies College hosted by Commander. I particularly enjoyed the presentation by Kevin Richardson (although I had heard most of it at the AIS IT Managers Conference in June). The most useful session for me was from Paul Stewart of Whitefriars College who presented a range of practical, economical and simple tools that can be used in a range of curriculum areas. He referred us to a paper Connectivism:A Learning Theoryfor the Digital Age that is worthy reading and discussion.
The Intermittent Blogger

I'm getting caught up with Web 2.0 and have been playing with lots of tools. Ihave been tagging madly and have tagged 25,000 photos with the free download of Adobe Photoshop Album Starter a nifty tool that is very easy to use. I've created and played with a number of online products. I don't think I will use Myspace and Bebo too much. Although I find Youtube amusing my home videos won't be going there.

With my Wikipedia account I have been editing a few articles about which I have some knowledge. I have found the editing task relatively easy. I've put some photos on Flickr and have tagged all my favourite websites with, which is very useful when using multiple computers.

Bloglines saves me heaps of time by providing an easy to use interface that aggregates online news, blogs, comics and newsgroups for me.

Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Seven Little Australians house protected

Ethel Turner's childhood home in Killara will be placed on the NSW Heritage Register. Read the Daily Telegraph report.,22049,20479717-5001028,00.html

Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Kylie Minogue Launches First Children's Book ...

is a headline on All Headline It reports the hype surrounding th launch of Kylie's new picture book. I must have missed the hype as I didn't hear about the launch. See for the story

Friday, September 22, 2006

Inside the real Lian Hearn

A Times UK article at:,,923-2358181,00.html

Wednesday, September 20, 2006

Librivox This site provides free audiobooks from the public domain. LibriVox volunteers record chapters of books in the public domain and release the audio files back onto the internet.
Intute is a free online service providing you with access to the very best
Web resources for education and research. The service is created by a network of
UK universities and partners. Subject specialists select and evaluate the
websites in our database and write high quality descriptions of the

New Survey on ALIA pages

Go to to complete a survey on the Library and Information Sector Workforce led by Gillian Hallam. It will take up to 30 minutes to complete, but it will provide worthwhile information for the profession.

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Vogel Award

Nominees for this year's "The Australian"/Vogel Literary Award have been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

Jeremy Aitken The Bike

Belinda Castles The River Baptists
Jarad Henry Spider Web
Matthew Schreuder Muscle
Anna Westbrook Hey Sugar

Chris Riddell and Paul Stewart

We were lucky enough to have this visiting English author/illustrator duo, creators of The Edge Chronicles, visit our school last week to address the students. The students were mesmerised by the visitors who spoke of the process they go through to produce their works and then answered questions from the students. While Paul spoke Chris made a sketch of one of his characters.

Friday, September 15, 2006

AIS Integrators' Conference

I am presently in a blogging session at Wenona with Martin Pluss from Tara Anglican School so I am demonstrating my practical skills by posting. At the conference there has been a range of presentations of interest to those responsible for ICT in schools.

Conference highlights have included the presentations from Netalert and the Quia presentaton. Jim Mullaney's keynote on looking at the impact of Web 2.0 technologies and how they might be used for learning.

Friday, September 08, 2006

Booktrust Teenage Prize

Find the shortlisted books for the Booktrust Teenage Prize 2006 at

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Nick Earls....

.... has been in the headlines lately since the premiere in Brisbane of the movie 48 Shades of Brown based on his book of the same name.

Brisbane takes lead role SMH Article
Colin Thiele

Australian author, Colin Thiele, died yesterday aged 85.

Links to News reports:
Acclaimed Storm Boy author Colin Thiele dies
Storm Boy's creator dies, aged 85
Storm Boy author dies at 85

Australian author Colin Thiele dies
Storm Boy' author Thiele dies
A reflection on Colin Thiele and his impact

Other Thiele Information
Colin Thiele - Biography

Colin Thiele Papers at the National Library
Colin Thiele's Eudunda Page
Penguin Author Profile
Adelaide City Council -
Colin Thiele
Teller of tales that teach

Postscript 8 September 2006
Children's author Colin Thiele farewelled

Sunday, September 03, 2006

New Blog Link

I have added an additional blog to the links from this site. Real Reading from Linda Weeks. Although the audience appears to be the community at her school the site hosts reviews of books for secondary students and information about authors and writing.
A niftly little tool

I just came across Visited Countries a small project demonstrating the power of manipulating the palette of a gif image on the fly. One can quickly create a map that identifies the countries one has visited. Here's my map for the with countries I have visited marked in red..

create your own visited countries map
vertaling Duits Nederlands
Getting ready for Book Week!

Just found a familiar face all dressed up and ready for Book Week at
St. Paul's Grammar School in New South Wales
Trusting in daydreams

Melbourne Age article on "The New Policeman" author, Kate Thompson
Enid Blyton - a daughter's view

Yorkshire Post interview with Gillian Baverstock, daughter of the prolific children' author.
Tales from the Slush Pile...

is an original comic strip that follows the trials and tribulations of a children's book writer. The full archive is available online at:
National Treasures from Australia’s Great Libraries ...

is at the State Library of New South Wales until 22 October 2006. Deatils of visits to other states are at:
Visiting Melbourne??

Take time out to visit the Maurice Sendak Exhibition at the Jewish Museum. Further details at :
Hooked on classics

Guardian interview with Australian author/illustrator Robert Ingpen,,1845164,00.html
Book Now - Children's Book Week 2006 ...

has been and gone. I was impressed by the decisions made by the judging panel this year. I particularly liked the Picture Book of the Year " The Short and Incredibly Happy Life of Riley By Colin Thompson, illustrated by Amy Lissiat
Magic Pencil

Children's Book Illustration Today
hosted by The British Library was a display of more than 300 paintings and drawings for children by Britain’s ‘starriest’ illustrators held in 2002-3. Highlights from the exhibition are available online.
I've had a rest and a holiday....

....from my blog but I have kept reading and collecting links of interest. I will start adding links over the next few days.

Sunday, May 21, 2006

Book Bites - A Blog to Watch

I just happened across Book Bites from Marita Thompson at Patrician Brothers College Library, Blacktown. Marita, who is pasionate about chidlren's literature is reviewing her latst reads at this site that she has set up for the students in her school.
The Wonders of Interactive Whiteboards

Many schools in Australia are investing thousands of dollars into this new classroom technology. This article posits that no cutting-edge classroom is complete without one.
Staff at my school are enthusiastically embracing our Promethean boards.

Hearts on Fire - Sharing the Passion

Learning, Literature and Literacies

Sydney Hilton 8th to 11th July 2007

For those with an interest in School Libraries and Teacher Librarianship watch the ASLA site for news of the 2007 Biennial Conference. Plan to spend your winter holidays in Sydney and combine them with a visit to the conference.

The first confirmed keynote speaker is Ross Todd from Rutgers University.
For conference information email Ruth Higginbottom
Food for the soul - a look at the work of Brian Wildsmith

From Joanna Carey at The Guardian,,1772512,00.html
Go back to basics, and put literacy teaching on the same page

The Australian article on the battle between phonics and whole language.,20867,19112807-28737,00.html

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Children's book award shortlists offer contrast in veterans versus new talent

Guardian article about the contenders for the Carnegie Medal and Kate Greenaway awards.,,1767836,00.html
Take a look at The Looby Loo blog of Australian illustrator Claire Robertson. Her illustrations are gorgeous.
Wombat proves popular

Former footballer has written a second novel

Saturday, April 29, 2006

The 53rd Jane Addams Book Awards Winners were announced on April 28th, 2006

Details of the 2006 winners can be found at the American award's website:
Hobby blog now a learning aid,20867,18928141-12332,00.html

This article from the Australian tells of James Farmer, an academic from Deakin University who through his web portal,, teachers and students can set up free blogs using WordPress, an open-source tool. Farmer offers free blogs for teachers, researchers, librarians and other education professionals.
Australian Edubloggers

This Wiki lists Australian educators who have blogs and/or podcasts. I have added my little blog to the list. I see that I am in illustrious company. Other blogs listed include TomMarch's ozBlog, PD Spot by Garry Chapman and Warwick Wynne's teaching and learning.
The worldwide classroom - Blogs are the new discussion groups for schools by Jennifer Cook

An article on blogging in Australian schools appeared in The Education Age on 17th April 2006.
2006 NSW Premier's Literary Awards Shortlist

I missed this announcement earlier this month. The shortlist can be found at:

The winners should be announced in May 2006
Authors vying for Grampian Book Award accolade

News of a children's choice award in North-East Scotland.
The journey continues

Andrew Daddo has written his first adult book.,20797,18923249-5003425,00.html
The footy player, the bear and the bee

ABC article about Queensland author - Matt Day

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Alternative Teen Services

A new blog in which two Kansas Librarians share viewpoints about serving teens, as well as day-to-day commentary on what the librarians are learning and experiencing.
Bestseller Lists - Publisher's Weekly...

... make interesting reading

Children's Picture Books

Children's Fiction
Ireland's Bisto Book of the Year nominees announced

Kate Thompson has a new website
Welsh Tir na n-Og Awards 2006 Shortlist
Flights of the fantastic

Four Australian fantasy writers - Sophie Masson, Richard Harland, Ian Irvine and Sean Williams - discuss Pullman's new masterpiece,20797,18655742-5003424,00.html
The bottom line in kids' books is udderly unreal

Censorship of illustrations impacts on children's titles
Judging this book by its cover title comes up trumps

At last Paul Jennings is on the CBC shortlist
From Miami : Australian writer Markus Zusak is already a literary sensation
Author heartened by today's well-read children

Article quoting young Canadian author, Matthew Skelton .

If you have a personal library or want to create a digital reading log consider using LibraryThing One can even create a widget to post into a blog. I have had enormous fun entering my reading log into this tool. The free version allows for up to 200 entries - I can see uses for students in English creating databases of their reading, for librarians creating reading lists for students......
Creatures of the Rainforest Celebrate with Kakadu
Ulster-born author in line for big award

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Margaret Mahy – wins the Hans Christian Andersen Author Award 2006
Read all about it,2106,3618881a11,00.html
A treasure house for Moomins, Biggles and well-thumbed pages,,6-2102329,00.html
Paterson wins international children's book award
'Henry and Mudge' win first Geisel Award
Illustrator extraordinaire Melissa Sweet
Tome Raiders...... the story of Libraries Australia SMH Article
ANIMALIA, the picture book loved by adults and children alike, is set to be a major television series.,10117,18388262-36557,00.html
Book awards recognise Indigenous publisher
10 years old and Annaliese already has a book deal!
We owe a great debt to the brilliant, if flawed, Melvil Dewey
News article from Fairbanks,1413,113~7244~3252905,00.html

Saturday, February 25, 2006


I presented a short session on blogging to beginners ( and one ringin) today.

Thursday, February 23, 2006

ALSC 2006 Notable Computer Software for Children
List from The Association for Library Service to Children
From Beatrix Potter to Ulysses ... what the top writers say every child should read
Guardian article,,1698794,00.html
Only three lists were published in The Guardian. The seven lists are posted in this Australian blog.

Wednesday, February 22, 2006

The boy in the striped pyjamas
Article by the author of this new Holocaust novel for young people,,923-2000597,00.html
Dick Bruna Huis Museum - Utrecht, The Netherlands
Jan Mark Obituaries
I was saddened to hear of the passing of Jan Mark, who twice won The carnegie medal,,1693287,00.html,,60-2005346,00.html
Penniless Alberta author lands fantasy book deal
The king of cool codes - Author Scott Westerfeld
2006 Margaret Mahy Medal Awarded,2106,3550512a1860,00.html
Online library boosts book access - Article in today's Australian,5744,18226743%255E12332,00.html
School holidays are over and a couple of months have passed since my last entry. Over the next few weeks I will endeavour to post more links to news and resources of interest to the TL community.