James Foley comes to Victoria

Australia’s funniest illustrator, James Foley, will be visiting Victoria during Octrober. James Foley is a children’s author and illustrator from Western Australia. His books include In The Lion (Walker Books, 2012), The Amity Kids Adventures (2013), The Last Viking (Fremantle Press, 2011) and The Last Viking Returns (Fremantle Press, 2014).

His latest books in the S. Tinker Inc series is Gastronauts!  Brobot and Dungzilla link into STEAM, the acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math education.

Dunzilla stars Sally Tinker, creator of Brobot and the world’s foremost inventor under the age of twelve. Sally has built a machine capable of enlarging any object, but when she tries resizing a slice of pizza she accidentally enlarges a dung beetle to scary proportions. As the hungry beetle rolls itself a dung ball large enough to crush an entire town, Sally races to shrink down the monster, before it’s too late

If you think you and your school would like a visit then get in contact with James ASAP!

Happy reading,


Term 3 Meeting – 7th August at Nazareth College

Over the holidays the new executive team met and reflected on what we have done and where we want to go. As the Lamont Books is really an event they host we felt it prudent to cover the missing items from last meeting. Therefore we will have a meeting on 7th August at Nazareth College – please feel free to add items to the agenda before that time.

Next meeting and at Nazareth College, Noble Park from 4pm

Hosted by Sue Dracoulas, Teacher Librarian Mon-Wed and Resource Centre Manager

Address – Nazareth College, Manning Drive, Noble Park North 3174

Ph 03 9790 8134

Agenda – what we missed last meeting!

  • Casper Pieters – DigCit eLearning program and the DigCit MG novel. This links into SLAV’s 2017 Theme: Collaborating beyond the school walls – engaging students, teachers, parents and the community nicely. See below for more information
  • Sue Dracoulas – Myreading program

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Digital Citizenship is best taught with a coherent school community approach.

The presentation will be about my school community inclusive digital citizenship eLearning program (blended for MG students) which aims to foster informed discussions through moderated forums between students, their parents, and teachers (please inspect the demonstration site sooced.com). It takes a school community to raise a positive and able digital citizen. Both schools and parents need to work together in a cohesive framework of mutual support and students need to be given a voice in the process. As we discovered from practical experience ‘If we don’t want students to game the system then they need to be able to frame the system‘ (Prof. Jason Ohler).


This program was developed over two years and has been trialed last year at Padua College on the Mornington Peninsula. The program is now actively supported by the Victorian Parent Council

Casper Pieters published the popular digcit adventure novel, Team Savv-i The 10 Secrets of Cyberspace for young teens that incorporate the 9 elements of digital citizenship devised by Dr. Mke Ribble.

Dr. Ribble made the following comment about the book; ‘Team Savv-I uses a fictional account to address the real-world needs of our children and students.  By breaking down elemental ideas of this new digital world the book helps to focus the reader on those skills needed when using digital tools.  Those reading this book are provided with a better understanding of what needs to be addressed in our homes and schools.  Text like this is necessary today to provide a roadmap for the future.’ 

Thak you for offering to bring this to the attention of your branch.

Kindest regards,


John Heffernan is coming to Melbourne in March 2017

No doubt you are starting to  plan 2017. I know that I am!

John Heffernan will be  launching his new book in March next year.  The “Through My Eyes” HOTAKA disaster series is edited by Lyn White and John Heffernan will be in Melbourne for this event. If you are interested in having him visit at your school particularly as the novel straddles English, Geography, History, Japanese please let me know or contact Lyn White below.

We are getting excited about the series now and believe HOTAKA is another winner for John.




Lyn White

Children’s Publishing Consultant

Freelance series creator and editor – Through My Eyes

Allen & Unwin Books for Children and Young Adults

Mob: 0422 849 998

Email: lynwhite10@gmail.com


Term 4 Topic: Genrefication of the Collection

On November 17th 2016, twenty Pakenham SLAV members and guests were treated to a tour of the Beaconhills library where we saw the “Escape to everywhere” polypropylene poster that cost $300. This is a great way for the school to showcase their Book Crossing zone also. For more information go to the website.

We went on a tour of Beaconhills beginning in the junior room. Carmel showed us her space where teachers bring their own classes into the space. Due to staffing this has been good and there is a significant picture book collection. Anna Walker was their in house illustrator this year. The first thing in the genrefication process was signage and this saw a big increase in borrowing. There is a junior fiction section and a middle school fiction area. Cross over occurs and there is an openness between the collections with permission required.


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The year 5-8 section come in once a fortnight. The use of Syba genre signs was used across this section. Recommended not to weed prior to weeding as gentrification can help in the discovery of a new text based upon the new love of a genre. Discussion of shelving, heights and moving them occurred as many schools are in a time of renovation. We looked at another space with interesting furniture where the future of maker space may continue. VEF tables were designed for flexibility where individual spot can rotate and flip. This is great for discussion but some concerns with levels matching. The chairs are also from there and worth half the price that Raeco charge.

We chatted about the book crossing. With more than one million people involved where you launch books into the wild! Sounds like a great plan for the 2017 CBCA book week theme of escape to everywhere. The concept begins with a person who releases a registered book into the wild and you can track it around the world. It’s very successful at Beaconhills. Launch with library captains will occur next year.



The gentrification of non-fiction looks great where there is colour coding to help with locations. In sport the sports books are there as are the books about cars. Labels are important. Craft, cooking,  pets with animals ensured the subject is broad. There was a massive weed with this collection with a donation of 5000 books to the Fiji project. They also had a book sale where proceeds went to the indigenous literacy foundation.

Senior fiction includes young adult where the line in the sand lies with the storylines that include sex. A great question of how people coped with this was answered confidently by Carmel with how logical the system is. They use different labelling in this section through consultation with book group involvement. The use of coloured labels has been used across the collection which helps with shelving. The use of Avery labels at the point of catalogue makes shelving much easier. The use of syba section dividers enables ease of location. We chatted about shelving and Michelle Gummer has some large shelves available for anyone who wants them.

We were then led through a ppp that Carmel spoke about the why – the main idea was to make the library more attractive and increase borrowing rates. The timeline began in Term 4 2014 where they started with middle school fiction. They consulted staff and students as they moved forward and again we were reminded how important it was to weed in a harsh manner. Carmel just bit the bullet and got on with it.

Links to these resources can be accessed here:

The first link is for labels and powerpoint and the second for the poster



The main reaction was how excited students are with their reading. But in reality their independence grew. Students could read their way through a genre enables students to find a new author. This has made way for students to make book requests and suggestions. Circulation increase was dramatic from 2015-2016 as seen in the PPP. The initiate of DEAR and Stephen Krashens PD where key people were inspired is attributed to this. Now in the first 15min of every class reads! Teachers now have book collections in their classes and fully supported by college head. School revolution showed that reading was pivotal to their success. DEAR runs from Year 5-8 across the college. The primary run a cafe style reading program. The idea of increased enthusiasm in reading. Lynne spoke about basto program and what is happening at glen eagles where students are actively involved in reading where they write a reflection. Many people are on good reads and create class groups and share about what they are reading.  Discussion of the good reads reading challenge is great. There has been an 83% increase in borrowing across middle school since beginning the DEAR reading program in 2014.


Beaconhills Pakenham Campus call it “We have the Power” reading where it is incorporated into the power reading challenge and students read whatever they want and get points for what they read. Magazines have a different value to non-fiction or fiction. They have a reading sheet where points are allocated based on level of difficulty. This is teacher tracked and they run class competitions. Michelle shared about the learning curve they went through.  Prizes are big such as a class going to the movies or a DVD with treats. They introduced a bingo reading challenge and the “Summer Fun” reading challenge will be things like where was the best place you read. Angela shared about how important reading for 25hrs reading challenge called a roller coaster ride with prizes across the challenge. This encourages all readers as it is time related and tracked by library staff and parents.


Others shared;

  • The book whisperer is an excellent book to build a reading culture. Donna Miller books are great launch pads.
  • They have a professional reading group and this has been a great initiative to help the take up of dear across the school. This helps spread the culture.
  • Ann Fuller spoke about the reading culture at Kambrya and the process of change. At that school the library is driven by the literacy team.
  • Lynne spoke about having one genre on focus at a time and how some students then couldn’t find their usual books.Lynne shared about her genre list. This included; action animals, classic, crime, diary, fantasy, grit lit (edgy books), historical, horror, vampire, love other cultures, SCI FI, sport, supernatural, wars, what if (dystopia). Lynne shared about the deteriorating handwriting she has experienced. And that they’ll move to class sets in 2017. She shared about her character bags that she used this year. And it’s fun. Lynne will be 3 days next year with 9 classes. Tracy Ferguson too will change her role in 2017.
  • Ann told us about verse narratives.Ann shared that they will choose to read stories of courage as the college theme is courageousness. This offers different views and texts that are just right to the individual.
  • Carmel shared about her journey and the change to staffing since 2010.

Meeting Minutes attached : 17th-november-2016-minutes

Great ideas were shared with everyone and if I need to edit anything please let me know!

Kind regards and Merry Christmas!

Michelle Nye


Next Meeting:

Tuesday 14th March 2017.

Hosted by Angela Garegarno, Head of Library Services at St Peters College

Topic: CBCA Judges Talk (TBA if available)

Reading Matters

There’s only four weeks until the 2015 Reading Matters conference at Arts Centre Melbourne.


We have a fantastic program full of emerging and established writers, industry professionals and a diversity of formats and perspectives. You can read more about our young adult focused program: http://bit.ly/RMprogram


We have a range of exciting exclusives for our conference attendees:

  • Presentations from four international writers and creators representing the US, US and India.
  • Nowhere Boys cast member, Matthew Testro (Jake), will be appearing alongside the show’s producer and game designer.
  • New York Times best-selling comic book writer Tom Taylor will be speaking about his life and the role comics have played in them.
  • A glimpse into audio book artistry, young playwrights and poetry.
  • Spotlight on the Darebin Collaborative Project with artist Kyle Hughes-Odgers.
  • Exclusive invite to the Text Prize party on the evening of Thursday, 28 May.


You can read more about the conference and our Reading Matters events here: http://bit.ly/X9QqpG


We hope to see you there!


Kind regards





Adele Walsh | CYL Program Coordinator | Learning Services State Library Victoria | 328 Swanston Street | Melbourne VIC 3000 T +61 3 8664 7262 | awalsh@slv.vic.gov.au slv.vic.gov.au

Term 2 – Meeting 6th May

Screen Shot 2015-03-02 at 2.57.26 PMTerm 2 meeting will be held on Wednesday 6th May @ 4.00pm

Location: Gleneagles Secondary College

Reema Blvd, Endeavour Hills VIC 3802

Please RSVP Moller.Lynne.L@edumail.vic.gov.au

Telephone: 03 9708 1319


Theme: Exploring The STELLA Prize.

Guest Speaker: Bec Kavanagh

Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator

Studio 706, 37 Swanston St

The Nicholas Building

Melbourne 3000




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About the Stella Prize

The Stella Prize is a major literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing.

The prize is named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria ‘Miles’ Franklin, and was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both nonfiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible for entry.

The Stella Prize seeks to:

  • recognise and celebrate Australian women writers’ contribution to literature
  • bring more readers to books by women and thus increase their sales
  • provide role models for schoolgirls and emerging female writers
  • reward one writer with a $50,000 prize – money that buys a writer some measure of financial independence and thus time, that most undervalued yet necessary commodity for women, to focus on their writing

PD Sessions

Free professional development sessions are available to teaching staff at schools. Held by Bec Kavanagh, Stella Prize Schools Program coordinator, these sessions will introduce and expand on the ideas and activities encompassed in the education kit, and suggest ways to incorporate them into the classroom.

  • 57% of children’s books published each year have male protagonists; 31% have female protagonists
  • Over its 57-year history, the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been won only 16 times by a woman
  • 68.5% of the Victorian Year 12 English Prescribed Texts for 2014 were by male authors

We often discuss literature as a mirror in which readers can see their lives reflected back at them, or as a window through which we can glimpse and start to understand the lives of others. But what happens when you can’t see yourself at all in the reflection? Or, as is often the case for boys, all you see out the window are others just like you?

Unconscious gender bias is at work when women, who make up half of our society, are under-represented in our major literary prizes, in the pages of our literary journals and on school book lists.

Stella Prize Schools Program professional development sessions discuss the importance of addressing gender bias at a school level, and look at ways that teachers and library staff can incorporate the Stella Prize Schools Program into their teaching.

Bec Kavanagh will discuss gender bias and gendered reading patterns in detail – using statistics, anecdotal evidence and her own experience in developing the schools program. She will show several videos that address issues around gendered thinking and marketing (and links for these will be provided to teachers following the session for use in the classroom).

Based on discussions with teachers on their specific requirements, Bec will offer ideas on how the Stella Prize Schools Program can be incorporated into individual classrooms or curriculum. She is also able to make specific text recommendations.

Teachers will be encouraged to think about changes they could make to address gender bias (such as discussing issues with students, changing the layout of libraries, introducing new classroom texts) and should expect to leave the session feeling inspired to make changes in their classroom and school.

The information in this session is relevant to teachers of both boys and girls, as both are affected by gendered reading (and this will be discussed in the session too). The session can be tailored to particular student levels, if desired.

Topics Covered

  • Unconscious bias
  • Gendered marketing of books
  • The effects of gendered reading on our writing, attitudes & sense of self
  • Critical reading/thinking
  • Text suggestions
  • Impact on both boys and girls of gendered reading and marketing
  • Why readers need to see people like themselves and unlike themselves in books
  • The gender bias in YA as well as adult literature
  • Text suggestions
  • Ways to change in-school marketing
  • Questions to help evaluate reading
  • How to incorporate discussion of gender into the classroom in a way that is meaningful and relevant to both teachers and students

Looking forward to a fruitful session with everyone.

ANZAC Authors are coming to Pakenham SLAV


1915Images retrieved from http://www.booktopia.com.au/in-flanders-fields-norman-jorgensen/prod9781894965835.html & http://www.booktopia.com.au/1915-sally-murphy/prod9781743622483.html

There has been a plethora of new releases based upon the Gallipoli centenary and many of you will have seen the February edition of The Literature Base. It is full of great ideas and makes reference to many of the books that I will be using at my school during ANZAC Week. In particular are the works of Norman Jorgensen and Sally Murphy, who have been invited to attend our region and speak at some of our schools.

Norman Jorgensen wrote In Flanders Fields, a picture story book set in the trenches of World War One, telling the story of a young, homesick Anzac soldier who, on Christmas morning, faced almost certain death in a seemingly hopeless attempt to rescue a robin caught in the wire of no man’s land. Norman will speak on this topic and of his extensive historical research. We have one spare day left in his schedule – Thursday 23rd April. Please contact Michelle Nye at Hillcrest Christian College on 97022144.

Sally Murphy has written Do Not Forget Australia and most recently 1915. Sally’s latest novel gives the reader an insight into the Gallipoli experience from the perspective of a young Bunbury school teacher who has enlisted with some mates with an eye to adventure and travel. Sally can speak on this topic and about her writing process and is perfect for Middle and Upper Primary classes. Again, we only have one spare day left in her schedule -Tuesday 21st  April. Please contact Michelle Nye at Hillcrest Christian College on 97022144.

Norman Jorgensen

$600 a day + 1/15 per session of travel costs ($33.33)

Date Location Sessions Contact
Monday 20th April Glen Eagles 3 Moller, Lynne L <Moller.Lynne.L@edumail.vic.gov.au>
Tuesday 21st April Hillcrest Christian College 3 Michelle.nye@hillcrest.vic.edu.au
Wednesday 22nd April Emerald Secondary College  3 Tracey FergusonLibrary Co-ordinator

Phone: 03-59686055


Thursday 23rd April  3 sessions spare
Friday 24th April Hillcrest Christian College 3 Michelle.nye@hillcrest.vic.edu.au


Sally Murphy

$600 a day + 1/9 per session of travel costs ($55.50)

Date Location Sessions Contact
Monday 20th April Hillcrest Christian College Michelle.nye@hillcrest.vic.edu.au
Tuesday 21st April  12


Wednesday 22nd April Hillcrest Christian College 3 Michelle.nye@hillcrest.vic.edu.au


We will also host an informal Meet the Authors pizza night to those who book sessions or are interested. Looking forward to a great ANZAC Centenary at my school! Hope your plans are going well too!

Michelle Nye

Michelle Vasiliu

Michelle has written her first picture book, My Happy Sad Mummy, published by JoJo Publishing (‘books that make a difference’) and illustrated by award winning illustrator, Lucia Masciullo, on the 6th November 2014.

How to order My Happy Sad Mummy flyer

This unique book has been written in response to a need for quality children’s books about mental illness. It is the first in a ‘collection’ of such books to come. I can’t recommend this more highly.

For orders please fill out this flyer attached.

How to order My Happy Sad Mummy flyer


In Flanders Fields

In Flanders’ Fields.


By Norman Jorgensen.

Illustrated by Brian Harrison-Lever

Published by Sandcastle Books – Fremantle Arts Centre Press

ISBN 1.86368.369.0

In Flanders’ Fields, set in the trenches of World War One, tells the story of a young, homesick Anzac soldier who, on Christmas morning, faces almost certain death in a seemingly hopeless attempt to rescue a robin caught in the wire of no man’s land.

There are great Teacher Notes on his website too.


Some Pakenham SLAV members are keen to have Norman visit in 2015. We are thinking of Term 2 Week 2 as a part of the Centenary of ANZAC Day. Contact Michelle Nye at Hillcrest Christian College if you are interested: 97022144