Young Adult posts

The ABIA Book shortlists 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy has announced the ABIA Book shortlists for 2019.

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, narrators, and publishers.

General fiction book of the year Scrublands by Chris Hammer The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland The Nowhere Child by Christian White The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Lit…

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YA books, events & news for April

This month we’re excited about a wonderful guide for resilient teens, surreal and quirky stories, hard-hitting contemporary fiction and a cross-cultural coming-of-age story. Find our April picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Good Selfie: Tips & Tools for Teens to Nail Life by Turia Pitt & Freda Chiu

Motivational speaker, athlete and burns survivor Turia Pitt has written a gu…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from Lisa Riley, children’s publisher at Penguin Random House. Lisa is a very passionate bookworm who works on a diverse array of books, from board books for the youngest babies through to fiction and non-fiction for young adults, like our Teen Advisory Board members. She told our members all about the variety of her job: from checking the finest details of a manuscript,…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2019. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) Between Us by Clare Atkins Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee Changing Gear by Scot Gardner …

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Fostering empathy in kids and teens

by Leanne Hall

We need empathy more than ever in our current world, and we think books are one of the best tools for understanding another person’s perspective. We highly recommend you read our original deep dive into children’s books that teach empathy for detailed recommendations based on age groups, but we’ve also taken a fresh look at some recent and favourite books that encourage empathy in babies, kids a…

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YA books, events & news for March

by Leanne Hall

There’s a fantastic array of YA fiction available this month, from contemporary Aussie rom-coms to murderous fantasy adventures to free verse and jazz. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume

Written as a diary, this witty debut novel from former Buzzfeed journalist and editor Jenna Guillaume takes place over one transformat…

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The Inky Awards longlists 2019

The Centre for Youth Literature has just announced the two longlists for the Inky Awards.

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book. The shortlist is selected by young adults, and the winners are voted for online by the teen readers of the Inside a Dog websit…

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The YA Book Prize shortlist 2019

The 2019 shortlist for the YA Book Prize has been revealed.

Launched in 2014, the YA Book Prize celebrates great YA books written by authors living in the UK or Ireland, and aims to get more teenagers and young adults reading.

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard Clean by Juno Dawson Big Bones by Laura Dockrill I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill I Was Born for This b…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

It was great to get back into the swing of things with the Teen Advisory Board this month.

First up, the teens chatted about their impressions of the debut YA fantasy novel Four Dead Queens. Most of our members enjoyed the mystery and fantasy aspects of the story – they praised the captivating writing and the intriguing way the narrative would shift between different points of view – but felt a…

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Books about activism for teens

by Leanne Hall

In a world where teens walk out of schools to protest climate change and lead the call for gun reform, it’s not surprising that there’s a thread of activism running through many recent fiction and non-fiction titles for teens. Here are some of our favourite books for politically engaged teens. Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

Best friends Jasmine and Chelsea attend a progressive …

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