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As part of the Teen Reading in the Digital Era project, researchers from the University of Deakin have found that Morris Gleitzman has maintained his popularity amongst the nation’s younger readers.
Interestingly, the study also found that printed texts are still the preferred medium for reading, despite the rise of digital-based materials like e-books and e-readers.

In terms of local authors, the results found that Morris Gleitzman, author of the ‘Once’ series, was still a national favourite among teen readers. Andy Griffith, author of ‘Treehouse’ series came second and  our national treasure and ’Tomorrow’-series author, John Marsden, came in third.

Topping the international category, ‘Harry Potter’ creator J K Rowling continues to dominate, while Suzanne Collins, author of ‘The Hunger Games’ series came in second. Jeff Kinney, author of ‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid,’ claimed third place.
The study, aimed at generating insights into the reading habits and preferences of Australian teenagers, was sourced from a survey of 500 Australian teens on their favourite books and series. Although small, its findings give hope for the future of traditional printed literature in the digital era.


For more information and progress of the Deakin study click here:

For a full list of favorites, go to the Books & Publishing website:

Voss Literary Prize Winner… Leah Kaminsky!

Leah Kaminsky spent years writing her fictional debut, The Waiting Room. The story follows a doctor, Dina, plagued by the painful memories of growing up as the daughter of Holocaust survivors in Melbourne who finds herself in Israel hoping to build a new life. Grappling with the impossible demands of patients, beginning a family, a marriage that seems to be falling apart, through haunting memories the story reaches back into the deep past.

The Waiting Room is a powerful tale that took out the Voss Literary Prize for 2016 and we are excited to share some of the Author’s story. Leah Kaminsky is a doctor who has worked as a family physician for over three decades; her work covers themes of health, illness, trauma and war, and the power of story is something she is deeply passionate about.

Leah is now available for more bookings and is able to run sessions and workshops on a wide range of topics – her medical background coupled with creative writing make her speaking especially interesting.

Congratulations Leah!

Last night we were thrilled to get along to the Night of Notables, a bubbling evening which included the announcement of the Notable list for the CBCA Book of the Year awards. We heard from Susan LaMarca about the rigorous evaluation and heartache experienced by Book of the Year judges, and Shaun Tan reflecting on the process from the creatives’ perspective.

To capture just a snippet of the wonderful books and the creatives behind them, here is the list of notables for the Older Readers category for 2017:

The Book of the Year: Older Readers

The Hounded
Simon Butters
Wakefield Press
ISBN: 9781743053959

Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922182210
Words in Deep Blue
Pan Macmillan Australia
ISBN: 9781742612386
My Best Friend is a Goddess
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780732299903
The Bone Sparrow
Hachette Australia
ISBN: 9780734417138
Lady Helen and the Dark Days Club
HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN: 9780732296094
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573333
Becoming Aurora
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702254208
The Sidekicks
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143309031
The Ocean of the Dead
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760292188
The Stars at Oktober Bend
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781743315897
A Toaster on Mars
Text Publishing
ISBN: 9781922182869
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573166
Our Chemical Hearts
Penguin Random House Australia
ISBN: 9780143573906
Forgetting Foster
Allen & Unwin
ISBN: 9781760110796
Everything is Changed
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702254161
The Invisible War: A Tale on Two Scales
Scale Free Network
ISBN: 9780992587253
One Would Think the Deep
University of Queensland Press
ISBN: 9780702253942
For the full list of notables, please visit the CBCA website

Thanks to The Little Bookroom for playing host to three of our favourites, Felice Arena, Robert Newton and Tristan Bancks.

New books, firefighting stories and a free dance lesson!

This week, Book Outers Alicia Sometimes and Nicole Hayes released their much-anticipated ‘A Footy Girl’s Guide to the Stars of 2017’!

This fantastic book profiles some of the amazing players taking part in the AFL Women’s very first season, including Daisy Pearce, Darcy Vescio, Kara Juddy Donnellan, and Sabrina Frederick-Traub.

For even more women’s footy goodness, listen to The Outer Sanctum Podcast too – season 2 has just kicked off!

Now that we have burned through our summer reading lists (well almost, anyway…) here’s some inspiration for your autumnal must-reads!

Readings have compiled this handy list of Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2017, featuring a swag of Booked Outers including Davina Bell, Nicole Hayes, Lia Hills, Tristan Bancks Author, Alex Miles, and Felice Arena!

Click here to view.

Finally, the date is approaching us! Demet Divaroren’s long awaited debut novel, Living on Hope Street, will be on the shelves in June. Read more about the story set in the multicultural outskirts of Melbourne on her website:

The wonderful Oliver Phommavanh on getting kids excited about reading – watch the clip below!

Australian students falling behind

A massive congratulations to our speaker Randa Abdel-Fattah for winning the Writing for Young Adults Award and the People’s Choice award for her book When Michael Met Mina.

You can see the full list of winners on the Readings website through the link below…

30 January 2017
Back to the classroom…


‘Remember what it’s like being at primary school? The readers you got to take home to help you practice? The books you read together as a class?’

Our author George Ivanoff ponders the books that propel us through school and how writing for a younger audience is both an exciting and educational experience.

Check out his article for Writers Victoria below!