Australian Junior Fiction

We are blessed in this country to have some wonderful children's fiction writers and illustrators. To name but a few:

Mem Fox - author of many classics including 'Possum Magic', 'Koala Lu' and 'Where is the Green Sheep'
Jacki French
Andy Griffiths
Peter Jackson - author of 'Unreal', 'The Gizmo' and 'Unbelieveable'
Emily Rodda
Ruth Park
Morris Gleitzman - author of 'Misery Guts'
Graeme Base -  Author of 'Animalia
Jeannie Baker - Author of 'The Hidden Forrest' and 'Where the Forrest Meets the Sea'

Leigh Hobbs - Author and illustrator - 'Old Tom', Mr Badger' and 'Horrible Harriet'
Judy Barrass

Many schools in Queensland support the literacy development of their students by enabling students to attend special events with direct access to presentations, performances and discussions with some of Australia's most talented writers, authors and illustrators.  Not only do these events showcase the talents of Australian writers, but they help to inspire children to read and enjoy books and to expand their experiences of literature and writing in the digital age.  Two such events are the 'Whitsunday Voices Youth Literature Festival' which is held annually in Mackay, and 'Voices On The Coast', which is held annually on the Sunshine Coast. 

Both of these events host a variety of interactive workshops for students where they can experience literature in many different  ways.  For example, the 2011 'Voices on the Coast' has a focus on alternative publishing, including blogs, ebooks, podcasts, facebook and digital story telling.  This year's authors include Tristan Bancks and Deborah Abela.