Forthcoming Events ..



A Celebration of Non Fiction for Primary School Readers.


The Kids' Bookshop and Penguin Random House  invite you to join us for an evening of great books, brilliant authors and amazing teaching ideas.



Jackie Small, The Kids' Bookshop Consultant

- creative activities for bringing non-fiction in the library or classroom to life.


Eve Anderson - Business Manager, DK Books

  • DK Books stand out from the non-fiction crowd when it comes to content, design, Ideas, readability and engagement. Eve Anderson DK Australia’s Business Manager, takes us through some of the titles that she’s passionate about for kids in the primary sector.


Holly Toohey - Publisher, Penguin Random House

  • Holly Toohey is Penguin Random House’s resident publisher of non-fiction titles - including the best-selling books, Shout Out to the Girls and High Five to the Boys. At this event, she will give us a peek into her world - a world where she is looking to set the trends as well as react quickly to what’s going on around us. Oh, and she will talk about some awesome new titles on the 2019 programme to look out for.


Introducing The Short and Curly team

  • Dr Matt Beard and Kyla Slaven chatting about their new book based on their hugely successful podcast.

Dive into the mind-bending world of ethics with the Short & Curly team and their Brains Trust of researchers. Based on the hit ABC podcast and covering topics such as fairness, bullying, bravery, friendship and choice, The Short & Curly Guide to Life is a must-read for every child, parent and teacher.


4.30 - 5.00pm Bookshop Browse, Refreshments

5.00 - 5.15pm  Eve Anderson, (DK )

5.15 - 5.30pm. Jackie Small (The Kids’ Bookshop)

5.30 - 5.45pm. Holly Toohey ( Penguin Random House)

5.45 - 6.00pm. The Short and Curly Team.

6.00 - 6.30pm. Book sales/Signing/close

Tickets $5.00 each


Trinity Grammar School Library

40 Charles St, Kew VIC 3101

All enquiries to Tegan or Graham: 





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SLAV  Reading Forum Series for 2018 

Readers, Stories, Literacy - A forum for learning and discussion 

A Professional Development series offering news, views and strategies


1st March (Primary focus but all welcome) 

Melbourne Grammar School

Lecture Theatre

355 St Kilda Road, Melbourne

Primary Showcase

  • Publishers will have 5 minutes to brief us on all of the wonderful primary titles they are publishing in 2018. Confirmed Allen & Unwin, Penguin Random House, Ford Street, Bonnier Publishing and more to follow!
  • Special guest Jane Godwin and Anna Walker will discuss their new March publication Go Go and the Silver Shoes.


10th May (Secondary focus but all welcome)

Ivanhoe Girls’ Grammar School - Senior Library

Ground floor of the Cooerwull Centre, Noel Street, Ivanhoe

  • New Books to Share
  • Panel of practitioners – Sharing Promotional activities, book clubs and competitions

Kate DiCamillo said  “Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty.”

The panel will address strategies that instil a sense of fun and support engagement.

  • Inside a Dog website update - SLV
  • Guest Author TBA


6th September (Primary and Secondary) 

Venue: Kew primary school

 Peel Street, Kew

  • New books to Share
  • Panel of practitioners – Genrification

Professor Stephen Krashen tells us “If more access leads to more reading, and if more reading lds to better reading, writing, spelling, grammar, and a larger vocabulary, this means that the first step any literacy campaign needs to take is to make sure children have access to plenty of books”

How do we best facilitate this in how we organise collections?

  • Guest author TBA



1st November (Primary and Secondary)

SLAV HQ - Dream Factory,

90 Maribynong Street, Footscray

  • New books to Share
  • Topic: Recent reading research from here and overseas. Join the discussion and the end of year celebratory vibe
  • Guest author TBA


TIME:      4 30pm – 6 30pm


NON SLAV Members:

$55        Individual session ticket

$220      Series ticket

SLAV Members

$45        Individual session ticket

$180      Series ticket


  • Showbag of resource material
  • Certificate of Participation
  • Afternoon tea/refreshments
  • 10% off all books on the night


Send your name and details (and those of other interested staff members) to /  or go to for online registration