In this episode, we interview Bethany Macdonald.
Bethany has worked in the Learning Services division at State Library Victoria for the past 11 years. Starting in the education team, her current role is as the Family Programs Coordinator, where she is responsible for developing reading and literacy programs for children aged 0-12 years. She firmly believes that libraries are a place for all people, and enjoys uncovering hidden secrets of the SLV collections to share with its youngest visitors.
The State Library of Victoria's programs for kids and families include Baby Bounce for those two and under, Storytime for three to five-year-olds, and School Holiday workshops for older kids and teens, including author appearances.
For details of current events and times, visit:
A huge thank you to the talented kids who appeared on this episode of Kids Capers - the Top Reads Team from Alphabet Soup Magazine
Here's the books they recommended...
ANISHKA - 8yrs
Tashi series by Anna Fienberg, Barbara Fienberg & Kim Gamble
The Friendship Matchmaker by Randa Abdel-Fattah
ALBIE - 6yrs
Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo
Anders and the Volcano by Gregory Mackay
XAVIER - 9yrs
Captain Underpants and the Perilous Plot of Professor Poopypants by Dav Pilkey
MATILDA - 11yrs
A Time Slip Series by Belinda Murrell
Liz recommends The New Friend - Ginger Green, Playdate Queen, by Kim Kane and Jon Davis.
Nat recommends Small and Big by Karen Callum and Ben Wood.
In this episode, Kate gives a shout out to the The Notables (or longlist) for the 2018 CBCA Book of the Year Awards, which showcases some of Australia's best children's literature. The Shortlist will be announced on 27 March, and the Winners and Honour books revealed on 17 August 2018.
Nat highlights the Young Writers Award, which is a writing contest for 9 to 13 year olds. Run by Redgum Book Club, it consists of two categories - picture books and short stories, with the winner in each category awarded a $250 Redgum Book Club voucher. This year's winners have just been announced, but stay tuned for details on how to enter the next round.
Our latest giveaway is a book prize pack - picture books The Poesy Ring by award-winning author-illustrator Bob Graham (thanks to our friends at Walker Books), and Slowly, Slowly by T.M. Clark and Helene Magisson (Wombat Books), plus a brilliant middle grade novel, The Secrets we Share by Nova Weetman (UQP).
Head to our WIN page and tell us in 25 words or less why you love your library. Entries must be in by 5PM Tuesday 20th March 2018. The winner will be contacted via email, and announced on our website.
Our listener question from Theo asked us for our favourite books as a kid and the emojis we'd use to describe them. The books discussed were:
Liz's favourite was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl.
Nat's favourite was Skymaze by Gillian Rubenstein.
Kate's favourite was Thunderwith by Libby Hathorn.
Nat also talks about her growing TBR pile which includes the following books from the CBCA notables...
A Cardboard Palace by Allayne L. Webster
My Friend Tertius by Corinne Fenton & Owen Swan
Trouble and the New Kid by Cate Whittle & Stephen Michael King
A special thank you to illustrator Marianne Khoo for designing the One More Page podcast logo and other associated images. And to Rebecca Newman at Alphabet Soup for organising all the great kid interviews.
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