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Open Right

We are deeply saddened by recent events, and stand in solidarity with people of colour across the world. In our conversations about what is happening in the US, we must also remember to acknowledge the mistreatment of Indigenous people and injustice in Australia.

We can all do better by educating ourselves and supporting change however we can. Consider adding these books to your reading list, follow the authors online to show your support and deepen your understanding by listening.

Books that tackle race and racism:

If Beale Street Could Talk by James Baldwin
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
White Fragility by Robin Diangelo
Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
The Hate Race by Maxine Beneba Clarke
White Teeth by Zadie Smith

Books by Indigenous writers:

Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton
Fire Country by Victor Steffenson
Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World by Tyson Yunkaporta
Blakwork by Alison Whittaker
Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe
The White Girl by Tony Birch
The Yield by Tara June Winch
Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss
Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko
Finding the Heart of the Nation by Thomas Mayor
Terra Nullius by Claire G. Coleman
Throat by Ellen Van Neervan
Inside My Mother by Ali Cobby Eckermann

Books by people of colour for children and young adults:

Young Dark Emu: A Truer Histroy by Bruce Pascoe
Respect by Aunty Fay Muir Sue Lawson and Lisa Kennedy
Baby Business by Jasmine Seymour
Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller
Saved!!! by Lydia Williams
Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin & Ezekiel Kwaymullina
The Incredible Freedom Machines by Kirli Saunders
Wide Big World by Maxine Beneba Clarke
Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes Songs
That Sound Like Blood by Jared Thomas
Calypso Summer by Jared Thomas


Black lives matter. Indigenous lives matter.

Today is Sorry Day and our hearts are heavy with remembering and recognising those forcibly taken away from their families, communities and country. Today and always is the time to prioritise the healing and acknowledgement of the Stolen Generations on this stolen land.

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We’re ready to take your call! ⁣☎️

If you’re looking to book a speaker for your online or in-person event, don’t hesitate to get in touch.⁣

Call (03) 9824 0177 to speak with one of our friendly booking coordinators.⁣

After working remotely for the past couple of months, our team is slowly adjusting back to normal. The office will be staffed Monday – Friday, as we continue to maintain social distancing.⁣

Get in touch today!

Are you currently browsing our list of virtual authors, illustrators and motivational speakers, but not quite sure who to choose? Jump on our Instagram and take a look through trailers instead!

With short clips from well-known and well-loved authors such as Tristan Bancks and Oliver Phommavanh, virtual trailers are a great way to get a glimpse in to what an online session can offer you and your students.

We’ll be uploading more trailers on the regular, so don’t forget to give us a follow! You can find us at @bookedoutagency. See you there!

Reaching Out – Booked Out is going digital!

From Monday 20th April, Booked Out will be running a range of online sessions as part of our new initiative Reaching Out.

We have a range of expert speakers with years of presentation experience who will be delivering sessions on a variety of topics. These will be high quality, engaging sessions designed by the speakers themselves with core links to the English curriculum. 

Online sessions will be delivered live through Zoom, Skype or whichever platform works best for your school, and will run for 30-45 minutes.

This is an Australia-wide project, so schools from all over the country can book any speaker offering online sessions. This is your chance to host an interstate speaker you’ve always wanted to meet!

Online sessions will be offered at a reduced price to support schools during these difficult times. Prices start at $250 ex GST per session, plus a booking fee. Some speaker exceptions will apply.

Many of our speakers have already signed up to deliver online sessions, with more to be expected. We have added a new category (‘Online – Virtual Visits’) to our search feature so you can now browse our speaker list and find the speaker best suited to your enquiry.

To see who is available, click on ‘Find a Speaker‘ and select ‘Online – Virtual Visits’ in the Audience, Speaker Type or Location categories.

We will organise these virtual sessions in the same efficient way we handle your in-person bookings. You can make an enquiry online or via a speaker page, send us an email at or call us on 03 9824 0177. 

We are hopeful that in-person school visits will resume in Term 3, so online sessions are a temporary measure to continue encouraging a love of literacy among your students.

This project is supported by the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund.

⚠ ⚠ Book Week Update! ⚠ ⚠⁣

The CBCA have officially postponed Book Week from August to the 17-23 October 2020.⁣

For all queries about your Book Week bookings, please contact us via⁣.

On the bright side, now we have 2 extra months to make our costumes even more spectacular! 👕👗🕶 #cbca2020

To read the offical annoucement:

Thank goodness for the company of books, for the comfort they bring. When there is no one with whom to talk, their pages invite you to wander inside, and when your own life rejects you, enticing characters open their arms.” – Denise Gosliner Orenstein

Happy Easter everyone! We hope you all have a very peaceful break, and try your best to recreate this super cosy scene.

With the announcement that Victorian schools will be largely online in Term 2, the next few months are going to look very different than ever before. At Booked Out, we have had to adapt quickly but we are excited about what these changes will bring.

We’re feeling confident that with some kindness and patience, we can all come together and make it a success – from teachers to authors, to illustrators to Booked Out ourselves – let’s be here for one another.

We wish everyone a lovely weekend, full of chocolate overload, plenty of cosy reading and good times with your loved ones (both in-person and online)! 🐰❤️🐣🌷

It’s a Booked Out bear hunt!⁣

For mums, dads and kids of all ages spotting teddy bears on your daily walk, here’s two more to add to your collection!⁣

Featured are the teddy bears of Christina and Georgia, who we suspect may have been brothers back in the day at Harrods in the UK.⁣

For those who want to know more about the mysterious bears popping out everywhere…⁣⁣

#GoingOnABearHunt #BookedOutBearsAreOutToPlay #StayConnected

You may have noticed that the Booked Out office is a little emptier than usual.

These are extraordinary times, so Booked Out is taking extraordinary measures to ensure we can continue connecting Australia’s best authors and illustrators with their wonderful readers.

As we ease into social distancing, from next week our small team will be working significantly reduced hours. Our office will remain open with a skeleton staff, but this means we may not be able to get back to you as promptly as we ordinarily would.

Right now, our priority is to reschedule bookings that can’t go ahead in the next few weeks, organise online sessions, and confirm your Book Week bookings. Remember, at Booked Out we are advocating #postponedontcancel, and we’re confident that your booking can be rescheduled to later in the year.

We thank you for your understanding, and hope that you and those you love remain safe and well.

From Monday, 23rd to Friday, 27th March Booked Out will be open 9:30am to 3pm.

Your bookings are safe with us.

As the impact of the Coronavirus outbreak is felt throughout the community, Booked Out would like to reassure you that your bookings can still go ahead in 2020.

In a nutshell: plan to reschedule, or consider a virtual session instead.

All schools and speakers are strongly encouraged to reschedule visits to later in the year, when we have more information and certainty surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak.

We are here to help, and are also happy to work with schools and speakers who would like to deliver an online session via Skype or Zoom or whichever format they prefer.

Booked Out are proceeding with Book Week and Term 3 enquiries as usual, in the hope that the Coronavirus emergency will have settled, and by then events can go ahead without risk to the community.

Rest assured that we are keeping a very close eye on each government update, and if needed, will revise our plan early in Term 2 based on the latest advice.

Booked Out are still here, and will be accessible from 9 – 5, Monday to Friday. Please don’t hesitate to contact us about your bookings.