Secondary Book Club


Secondary Book Club

The Kids’ Bookshop x VATE

Join with Erin, owner of The Kids’ Bookshop and teacher librarian, and Emma, VATE’s Education Officer, as they unpack and explore a diverse assortment of YA texts suitable for use in the English classroom and for recommending to high school students. With an emphasis on diverse Australian voices, Erin and Emma will lend their insights and experience to celebrating the ways the texts can be best applied in the classroom to engage reluctant readers and whet the reading appetite of the most voracious readers, as well as complement or substitute novel studies being undertaken in your school. Come along and add your voice to the discussion or simply tune in to hear how you may like to employ the texts in your classroom.

PLEASE NOTE: The cost of this professional learning activity includes copies of the titles discussed (mailed to the listed address) and access to the Zoom event and recording.

In the first meeting of the book club, the texts in focus will be What About Thao? by Oliver Phommavanh and Sadie Starr’s Guide to Starting Over by Miranda Luby. Oliver will be joining Emma and Erin as a special guest! 

Those who have registered for the event prior to Thursday 4 August will receive the books via mail with time to read them prior to the book club. If you register after this time, you will receive the books after the event.

Registrations close Wednesday 24 August.

Non-members can register through this webform.

For more YA text recommendations, check out VATE's podcast, YA Book Stack.

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations must be emailed to Cancellations received by 12pm five working days prior to the event date will be charged a 15% cancellation fee. Cancellations received after this will receive NO REFUND. Registrations can, however, be transferred to another staff member. Please email the details. If you do not attend and have not notified VATE according to the above policy, you will receive no refund.  Please note: If this event is cancelled due to COVID government or venue restrictions, you will receive a full refund.

Meet the Speakers