Posts Tagged ‘Young Adult’

50 must readsAlthough this list is just over a year old, I just came across this thanks to a friend who posted it on Facebook – thanks Mif!

50 Australian books to read before you die includes some awesome reads – and most interestingly nearly half are children or young adult reads.

With so many great reads listed here, I highly recommend including them in presentations to students.


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Not so long ago we were lamenting the end of the book.  With book stores closing down, the outlook had been looking very bleak.

But, it seems, a resurgence is happening! And it is children and young adult literature which is leading the way.

As reported in a recent AFR articl: Book stores find rich market in tech-savvy readers (March 20, 2015) sales to children and teenagers have been steadily increasing, so much so that when book shop owners Fiona Stager and Kevin Guy looked at their sales figures and saw the strong trend of children and young adult book sales, they decided to open Where the Wild Things Are Bookshop – a book shop dedicated solely to this market.

It’s great to see this trend also being reported by book chains:

At Dymocks, printed children’s book sales rose 14 per cent in 2014. A sub-section of that category, young adult sales, recorded a 43 per cent lift. “

Great news for those of us working in school libraries!

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The INKY awards is an annual event hosted by the Centre for Youth Literature at the State Library of Victoria. The Inkys are the only Australian awards for Young Adults which are voted on by Young Adults.

The 2015 Inky Awards longlist was announcement just last week and includes some awesome titles!


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

The Awards are named after me, Inky – Inside a Dog mascot and all-round wonder-dog.”

Read more about the books longlisted on the Inside a Dog website and encourage young adults across Australia to put their hat in the ring to be one of the judges.  Read what is involved at:  Want to be an Inky Awards Judge?

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I came across this nice little statement by Jason Steger in the Spectrum section of last Saturday’s Age:

How children are leading the way

Whatever the difficulties in the international book industry it seems that one area – children’s and Young Adult books – is booming. In Australia last year, according to Nielsen BookScan, the market was worth $294 million, up 12 per cent on 2013, with YA fiction accounting for $50 million of that, an increase of 37 per cent on the previous year. In the US, in the first 10 months of 2014, according to the Association of American Publishers, sales were up 21.6 per cent on the equivalent period in the previous year, while in Britain, the increase in 2014 over 2013 was only 9.1 per cent, but the value up a whopping 35.8 per cent.

So who was it that said that kids in our schools are not reading much?  Fortunately, someone, it seems may have gotten it wrong!!

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