The Readings Teen Advisory Board

What is the Readings Teen Advisory Board?

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group of teenagers that meets at Readings head office once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in the book industry, and provide feedback to Readings staff members on a range of subjects.

Members on our Teen Advisory Board for 2018-19 are Grace Baldwin, Jessica Johnson, Ngaire Bogemann, Luci Whitelake, Liliana Mansergh, Zach Edge, Xiao-Xiao Kingham, Ulysses Reid, Marley Rocha and Laura Wilson. Throughout the year, you can to read monthly updates from the board meetings on our blog, and learn what they’ve been reading, discussing and recommending.

At the board’s first meeting in July, they were given the opportunity to share some of their favourite books and authors. Since then, they’ve met with Mira Schlosberg, the editor of Voiceworks, as well as authors Eleni Hale and Katya De Becerra.

In addition, two of our current members have also written terrific bookish blog posts: Zach Edge recommended eight #OwnVoices novels and Ngaire Bogemann shared their thoughts on the importance of seeing authentic depictions of feminism in contemporary YA literature.

How can I join the Readings Teen Advisory Board?

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is for teenagers (aged 14-19), and they usually meet on the third Monday of each month in Carlton. Sadly, we do not currently have facilities to enable remote access for board members.

Applications to join the board in 2019-20 will open in May 2019. Watch this space for more information.

Will I enjoy being on the Readings Teen Advisory Board?

We hope so! Here are some testimonials from our alumni about their experiences.

‘The group has given me the opportunity to make some really great friends and get to know the ins and outs of the book industry – couldn’t have had a better time!’ – Stella Theocharides

‘Being on the Readings Teen Advisory Board has meant everything to me. It has been such a rewarding experience and privilege to be a part of. I’ve learned so many things about the Australian young adult publishing industry and potential careers and pathways into the industry. I’ve met so many wonderful people, from fellow teen readers to authors I admire, to the awesome Readings staff. I will sorely miss being a part of the board, it is such a unique opportunity that has definitely provided me with chances to grow and learn. I feel so lucky and grateful, and have absolutely loved every moment.’ – Tracy Hwang

‘The Teen Advisory Board has honestly been one the best experiences I have ever done. It’s a chance to make some new friends from across Melbourne, read books I never thought I would and gain knowledge and expertise about the book industry. I couldn’t recommend this experience more!’ – Mia Tikellis

‘Through being on the Teen Advisory Board, I’ve gotten to meet other people who are just as passionate about reading as me. It has also been a wonderful opportunity to see all the available careers you can chase in the writing industry.’ – Kate Kleinitz