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Big book news! ⁣

Booked Out illustrator Andrew Joyner has been selected to bring a long lost Dr. Seuss manuscript to life. ⁣

The once-missing book, Horse Museum, follows a horse as it guides a group through a museum looking at the real-life examples of how artists have imagined the humble horse. Keep an eye out for the Cat in the Hat and The Grinch cameos!⁣

Lost since approximately 1950, Andrew was sworn to secrecy while he finished the project which built on Dr. Seuss’ sketches and notes. Andrew was chosen after a global search after the manuscript was discovered in 2012.⁣

Congratulations Andrew – read his interview with the ABC here:

It’s not the responsibility of students to strike for climate, but that’s not stopping them. ⁣

This Friday, Booked Out will be marching with students and the Melbourne community to protest climate change and show our support for a better future.⁣

There’s no future without our planet – join us from 2pm-4pm to #strikeforclimate.

This afternoon, our speaker spotlight is on the versatile and magnificent Bernard Caleo! ⁣

Bernard is a jack-of-all-trades, able to charm and entertain students in primary and secondary alike. ⁣

The master of graphic novels and cartooning, Bernard’s workshops and talks on visual storytelling are both practical and use the lens of the future to inspire. ⁣

If this isn’t your jam, Bernard can either talk on MAUS as a part of the secondary curriculum, or dazzle your students with his incredible Japanese kamishibai: traditional diorama-style ‘paper theatre’ with slides and storytelling.⁣

And if this hasn’t piqued your interest, Bernard can also deliver a science show alongside Lorna Hendry, based on How To Win a Nobel Prize, including real-time experiments and lots of fun facts to introduce students to the science greats!⁣

Call us on 03 9824 0177 to chat about availability.

It’s finally here… and a huge congratulations to the shortlisted authors for the 2019 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards!

Celebrated Booked Out speakers are the wonderful Michael Gerard Bauer Author for The Things That Will Not Stand, Clare Atkins for Between Us, Clare Wright for You Daughters of Freedom and Maria Tumarkin for our office favourite, Axiomatic!

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrates Australia’s most talented authors, illustrators and historians for their contributions to Australian literature. Well done to all the shortlisted authors!

We all know reading is good for you. In children, reading has been shown to help with identity formation and empathy – setting them up for success in the future. In adults, reading has been shown to reduce stress by 68% more than listening to music, going for a walk, or having a cup of tea.

On Thursday September 19 , you can embrace the joy of reading by celebrating Australian Reading Hour – a campaign in which people are being asked to stop what they’re doing for one hour and pick up a book.

Visit Australian Reading Hour for more information about the program, how you can get involved and the generous array of events being held nationwide.

You can also see some of Australia’s best-known authors talking about their favourite place to read.

The Horne Prize is an essay writing award presented annually by our friends at Aesop and The Saturday Paper. The Horne Prize is worth $15,000 and the winning essay will be published in The Saturday Paper.

If you have something important to say about any aspect of contemporary Australian life, consider writing it down and submitting an essay! But get in quick – entries close at midnight on Monday, 16th September.

There’s nothing like a tight deadline to get those creative juices flowing! To find out more, please visit The Horne Prize website.

Today we are celebrating Indigenous Literacy Day, a national celebration of Indigenous culture, stories, language and literacy.

The work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation is incredibly important. The ILF is engaged in a number of projects that foster a love of reading and storytelling in children of all ages, provide books to kids who have limited access to them, publish books written by children in their first language, and bring diverse Indigenous languages to the broader community.

To support the ILF, you can donate, purchase a book, tote bag or t shirt, or fundraise.

Booked Out is delighted to celebrate Wear It Purple Day in solidarity with LGBTIQA+ young people.⁣

Across Booked Out and our sister agency Speaking Out, we work with a number of passionate advocates for LGBTIQA+ youth.⁣

Some of our specialists tackling the issues faced by rainbow kids all over Australia are Nevo Zisin, Jess Walton, Daniel Witthaus, Ben Law, Georgie Stone (Speaking Out), Sally Rugg (Speaking Out) and Jason Ball (Speaking Out).

Don’t forget to show your support at!

Huge congratulations to the winners and commended writers of the 2019 Kill Your Darlings School Writing Prize! ⁣

⁣As chosen by Maxine Beneba Clarke and Rebecca Starford, each story touches on a current social or political issue, facing subjects such as migration, refugees, sexism, environmental destruction and euthanasia. ⁣

Congratulations to the maestro students from Quakers Hill High School, Footscray City College, Balwyn High School and Richmond High School! 📚✏

A study was released this morning, stating that 40% of non-Anglo or non-European students in government schools have experienced racial discrimination.⁣⁣
It’s also been proven that to overcome racist attitudes, it’s critical for young people to hear directly from those who may be different to them, in order to build empathy, understanding and acceptance. ⁣⁣
That is why we applaud Nyadol Nyuon’s comments on ABC Melbourne this morning, with her thoughts on how while facing ingrained racist attitudes can be uncomfortable or difficult, it’s absolutely critical to address in order to improve as a society.⁣⁣
If your students need exposure, we represent a range of incredible speakers who can speak to students about race, discrimination and bullying.

They are Nyadol Nyuon, Sumaya Harare, Tasneem Chopra, Abdi Aden, David Nyuol Vincent, Randa Abdel-Fattah, Mariam Issa, Jared Thomas and many more.

To read about the study, you can do so on The Guardian website: