Net News: 3rd December 2012

1.  It’s Smugglivus!

If you are not familiar with the book blog, Book Smugglers, then there’s no way you’ve heard about the joy that is Smugglivus.  Imagine if you will, YA book bloggers from across the world, listing there best of’s and most anticipated at one of the best blogs on the block.  This event is the bee’s knees in keeping abreast of what has been fantastic in 2012 releases and what is getting many excited for 2013. Every taste is catered for so you are sure to stumble across something that piques your interest.  Each year I ended up with a book list that makes my wallet significantly lighter but my imagination deliciously happy.  Check it out!

2. A trained librarian is a powerful search engine

…with a heart.  This poster was used as part of the US Mass Lobby of Parliament for School Libraries in October.  The artist behind this wonderful poster, Sarah McIntyre, received plenty of interest in her work and has allowed it to be downloaded for free.

All she asks is that she’s made aware of where  her posters have been posted.  I think she would love to know that they are gracing libraries in Australia.


3. NSW Premier’s Literary Awards

It is with pleasure that we congratulate Penni Russon and Kate Constable on their success this weekend.  Russon won the Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature ($30,000) for ‘Only Ever Always’.  Constable won the Patricia Wrightson Prize for Children’s Literature ($30,000) for ‘Crow Country’.  Congratulations to both authors and one very happy publisher in Allen and Unwin!


4.Now for a little art

…of the skin variety.  Flavorwire has posted what they claim to be “amazing tattoos inspired by children’s books”.  The lamp post spun my wheels – which one is your favourite?


5. Best of…

We are entering that time of year when every one seems to create a list of their favourite titles of the year.  Here are some to choose from:  Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly.  There will be more to come in the approaching weeks.



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