2 June 2008

Author links and other useful stuff

Filed under: authors,books,children's lit,illustration,libraries,schools,ya lit — westword @ 9:17 pm

As I mentioned in my report last week, the teacher-librarians at the network meeting I attended had some really practical suggestions about how they might find this blog useful, which I am starting to follow up on. One of the t-ls was after a convenient link to author sites—a one stop shop, if you will. Lots of authors and illustrator have their own sites, so it can be a simple matter of just googling whoever you’re interested in, but a more comprehensive site would be really useful.

And there is such a site! In fact, there may be several, but one I am familiar with is hosted by the fantastic team at Curriculum Materials Information Services (CMIS) team at the Department of Education and Training in Western Australia. The site is very user-friendly—there’s an alphabetical index, and the author/illustrator sites listed are coded to indicate if they’re Australian (or WA). There’s also a readership level guide for fiction titles.

Following a link to an individual (say, Morris Gleitzman) takes you to a potted summary of their work and major titles, and if they have their own website—voila!—the link is there as well.

The CMIS author/illustrator site also has sections that link to interviews and other useful information about booking authors into schools and so on. And CMIS’s “Focus on Fiction” site has all sorts of other links—to book awards, classroom resources, and links to review journals and so on.

Finally, the CMIS team keep up an excellent blog about children’s and youth literature. They are much more dedicated bloggers than me—they update pretty much every day. I’ve added the link to westword’s blogroll (eyes right→) and I recommend it highly as a hub of news and views of interest to all of us working with young people and their literature.

More links and resources to come, so pop back soon.


  1. Hi Westword,

    thanks for your posts- most informative. I agree the CMIS team do an excellent job. Western Australia is certainly making it’s mark on the literary award scene. The young people’s WAYRBA’s and the Western Australian Premier’s awards have maintained a consistently high standard and with the $110,000 Australia/Asian prize looming the word will no doubt spread.
    With the recent doubling of NSW Premier’s prize money’s and the PM’s new $100,000 Literary award prizes there is certainly some money sloshing around in award world.

    I cover these awards plus the majority of Australian adult and children’s majors alongside 30 or so international literary awards on http://www.literaryawards.com.au which I launched a few short months back. I have sister sites in the US http://www.bookawardsonline.com and in the UK http://www.literaryawards.co.uk which focus on those regions. You might find the sites a useful resource.

    Regards from the Southern Highlands of NSW

    Kevin Parker- site publisher

    Comment by Kevin Parker — 3 June 2008 @ 7:30 am | Reply

  2. Thanks for the kind comments about the CMIS site and blog, Westword. Visitors to the Fiction Focus blog will also see two growing tabbed pages at the top – one for author blogs, the other for author and illustrator websites. These are also linked back whenever possible to the CMIS author web pages you refer to. We saw a need for the one-stop shop you mention, and this is a beginning. As I say, both pages are growing, but we welcome all suggestions for additions. Judi

    Comment by Judi — 3 June 2008 @ 1:02 pm | Reply

  3. How do I enter my book in the NSW Premier’s award and the P/M’s literary award?


    Comment by Sophie Boswell — 21 June 2008 @ 5:29 pm | Reply

  4. How do I enter my book in the NSw Premier’s award aht the P/M’s award?

    Comment by Sophie Boswell — 23 June 2008 @ 11:13 am | Reply

  5. Hi Sophie,

    Information about submitting books for consideration in the NSW Premier’s Awards are on their website. Go to:


    Similarly, all the information about submitting books for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award is at:




    Comment by westword — 24 June 2008 @ 11:22 am | Reply

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