From the Resource Centre – the wonder and power of reading


From the Resource Centre – the wonder and power of reading

The theme of Children’s Book Week 2019 was Reading is my secret power – and there is much about reading that is empowering, inspiring and enriching. Reading transports us to different and amazing worlds. It can take us on a wild rollercoaster of emotions; it can make us think and wonder and so much more.

Australian Reading Hour 2019

VSV staff and Year 7 English students recently celebrated this event with an online session, where we shared and discussed our favourite reads. There was some lively discussion, and participants enjoyed a taste of poetry and such classics as Winnie the Pooh and Harry Potter. For more information on Reading Hour, please click here.

After a good read? See what’s new, best and really popular…

Below are a selection of resources, which explore and promote the latest and best in children’s and young adult literature.

Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA)

Since 1945, the CBCA Book of the Year awards have recognised and celebrated the best in Australian children’s literature. They are presented in a range of categories: Older Readers, Younger Readers, Early Childhood, Picture Books (for older readers) and Information Books. Click here to discover some fantastic Australian books.

Young Australian Best Book Awards (YABBA)

To discover a selection of the most popular reads, as selected by student readers, please click here. Students from Prep/Foundation to Year 9 can vote for their favourite book. They can choose from a selected list of nominated books or choose their own by click here. Voting is open until Friday 19 October.

The Inky Awards

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality Australian and international young adult literature, with longlisted and shortlisted books selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by the teen readers of Inside a Dog (the YA reading space of the State Library of Victoria). For more information on Inside a Dog, please click here.

Allen & Unwin

Publishers, Allen & Unwin, are just one publisher offering a selection of great reads for Young Adults. Check out their website and social media for the latest in what’s new and what’s great. Their recent Melbourne event, YA FanFest 19, was attended by many highly enthusiastic teen readers keen to hear the latest in new releases and to engage with YA authors.

Ebooks and audiobooks @VSV

A reminder of the VSV ebook and audiobook collection is open to all currently enrolled VSV students. It is constantly growing, with a range of new titles added almost every month. Registration is easy, as your VSV student number will be your user ID. Please contact Karen in the library for more information or click here.

2019 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge

Another year, another challenge. Congratulations to those students, who completed the 2019 Reading Challenge – Your Certificates will be sent out this term. Stay tuned for the 2020 Victorian Premiers’ Reading Challenge.

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