2016 marks a decade of the Inky Awards. The Awards, which recognise high-quality young adult literature, are judged entirely by teen readers.
‘The Inky Awards are a great opportunity to give teenagers books to read that other teenagers have approved of.’ _ _-Oliver, 2015 Inky Awards Judge
These are the books teens love, chosen by teens, so we want to make sure that everyone knows about them! Our Inky Awards Ambassador Program is designed to encourage schools to program events around the Inky Awards and to support them as they do so. Ambassador schools will:
- - act as the local hub for all things Inky
- - be responsible for uniting their local reading community
- - work with the Centre for Youth Literature to run key events that tie in with the Awards
But even more importantly the Ambassador Program, like the Awards themselves, has been developed with teens in mind. Ambassador Schools have selected a team of teen ambassadors who will develop, market, and produce their Inky Awards events. These teens will be working closely with the Centre for Youth Literature to deliver a high standard event that showcases their love of books, and create a space that unites their reading community.
Our flagship Ambassador Schools for 2016 are:
- - Kalamunda Senior High School (WA)
- - Wilderness School (SA)
- - Taylors Lakes Secondary College (VIC)
- - The King’s School (NSW)
I look forward to introducing you to their teams of teen ambassadors over the coming weeks, and sharing their stories throughout the year!
You don’t have to be an official Ambassador School to celebrate the Inky Awards. If you’d like to run your own events, or engage with the Inky Awards in your classroom or library, the resource kits below offer plenty of activities to run with your readers. And we can’t wait to see the results!