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We are thinking of the students taking the VCE English exam today, and sending our best wishes to them and all our English teacher clients who have worked so hard to prepare their students.

All the best for the rest of the exam period and Term 4 to everyone – hope you have a successful and celebratory end to the year!


The words 'Good Luck' appear in white on a navy blue square. A full bookshelf is in the background.

It’s the best time of the year – happy Book Week season to all! While the official CBCA Book Week may have finished, the celebrations continue on throughout Term 3. Here in the Booked Out office we are loving hearing the updates on all the hundreds of events around the country and seeing students connecting with authors and illustrators (and we are admiring the dress ups too of course!).

Congratulations to all our hardworking speakers out on the road, and also an extra special congratulations to our speakers who received awards from the CBCA this year: Neridah McMullin (Honour Book – Younger Readers), Anna Walker (Honour Book – Early Childhood), Michael Wagner (Honour Book – Picture Book), Jess McGeachin (Winner – Eve Pownall Award) and Zeno Sworder (Winner – Picture Book of the Year).

We hope everyone is having a wonderful term break! We will be closed this Friday the 14th of April but the office will re-open on Monday the 17th.

You can contact us at or give us a call on (03) 9824 0177 and we will get back to you next week. 🍁

Wishing everyone a restful Easter break from the Booked Out team! 🐣 We will be closed over the long weekend, but our office reopens on Tuesday 11 April. You can contact us at or give us a call on (03) 9824 0177.

Artwork by @suedegennaro from her picture book ‘Easter Days’.

Welcome back! ☀️

We hope you had a fantastic summer break with heaps of time to read and relax.

We’re so excited for a big year ahead, full of school visits, library events, festivals and more. We’re back in the office and looking forward to helping you with your 2023 plans.

You can get in touch about a booking, either by sending us an email at or giving us a call on (03) 9824 0177.

We can’t wait to hear from you!

It is with heavy hearts that we acknowledge the passing of Gabrielle Williams, beloved YA author and wonderful Booked Out speaker. Gabrielle was involved not only in writing but bookselling and all aspects of the publishing world, shining her light and generosity on all she worked with. The Booked Out team would like to pass on our deepest condolences to Gabrielle’s family and friends, she will be missed by all.



14th, 15th and 17th March

Blak & Bright First Nations Literary Festival and Booked Out have combined forces to bring three of the country’s most acclaimed First Nations authors of books for children and young adults. Kirli Saunders, Jared Thomas and Lisa Fuller will be visiting Melbourne for three days only.

Available on Tuesday 14th March, Wednesday 15th March and Friday 17th March for morning or afternoon presentations, we urge you to book your preferred writer quickly as the available spots will fill fast.

Today marks the start Term 4 for Victorian schools, with other states close behind – we hope every had a refreshing holiday break.

We’ve been busily working away setting up for 2023, with lots of exciting things in the works. Keep your eyes peeled for news of touring speakers and some fresh new faces who will be ready to visit schools next year, all coming soon!

Plus there’s still time to book in a speaker visit for Term 4 to help finish off this year on a high.

We also found time for a team lunch over the holidays, which for some us was the first time meeting since pre-pandemic. Cheers to a great final term for 2022 and all the wonderful things to come in 2023!

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day! Head over to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation to see all the festivities online and in person celebrating the diversity and multilingual literacy of First Nations Communities, and the power of storytelling.

We thought we’d take the chance at Booked Out to highlight some of our brilliant speakers and their books for young readers that feature Indigenous characters and themes. What a great day to pick up one of these books from your library or local bookstore!

Gary Lonesborough Boy From The Mish
Lisa Fuller Ghost Bird
Jane Harrison Becoming Kirrali Lewis
Jared Thomas My Spare Heart
Thomas Mayor Finding Our Heart

It’s time to get organised! The Booked Out team is very excited to start planning Book Week 2023, now confirmed for 21-25 August 2023. Get in touch to start sorting out your speakers for next year. Our touring authors, along with dates, will be released very soon – so keep an eye out! We look forward to hearing from you.