Virtual Authors 2018 schedule

1. Sally Rippin – T1 March 6th

2. Heath MacKenzie – T2 May 1st

3. Adam Wallace and James Hart -T2 May 22nd

4. Sofie Laguna- T2  June 19th

Bonus session T3 July 17th Deborah Abela


5. Andy Griffiths-T3 July 31st 

6. Susannah Mc Farlane &Alex Miles –  T3 Aug 21st

7. Belinda Murrell – T3 Sept 11th

8. Super Secret Session – T4 Oct 9th

9. Awards Ceremony – T4 Oct 30th

 The best way to stay abreast of what is happening is to subscribe to the blog and get each post delivered to your inbox


In term 1 students will read, read and recommend by nominating up to four books for the shortlist that is announced in early Term 2. Then Students read as many shortlisted books as possible and to begin their critical assessing, rating in preparation for voting. Students reward their favourite author by voting online from the 1st of September.

Check out YABBA’s webpage for more details of the partnership between YABBA and DET.

Along the way we will have 8 virtual sessions featuring our Virtual Ambassadors and have blog posts leading up to the sessions with activities that students can join in to enhance their reading and writing.


YABBA session 7 – Belinda Murrell


We can’t wait to talk with Belinda Murrell on Tuesday Sept 11th about her books and series Lulu Bell, Pippa’s Island, The Sun Sword Triology and The Lost Sapphire.  Which series is your favourite?  If you have a question for Belinda put it in the comments window.  We will check comments before the session and ask students from the corresponding school to ask the questions along with others if there are more and time permits. (click on the heading of this post to see the comments box.)

Check out Belinda’s website here.

Bookweek Displays

Add your school Bookweek display to the Padlet below by clicking on the pink circle.


Made with Padlet

Session 6 Alex Miles and Suzannah McFarlane

Oh yes it’s book week and what better way to celebrate than to have 2 authors on our next session during bookweek.  We’re excited to be presenting on August 21st  Alex MIles and Suzannah McFarlane.  Both authors write some of our favourite stories such as the Olive Black series and Zac Power Sky Camp books, EJ school spy, EJ Girl Hero and D-Bot Squad Series.  Wow, what a list.  Check out the authors websites here Alex MIles and Suzannah Mc Farlane and find their books in your library.  How many have you read?  Click on the heading of this post and then write your questions in the comments section.  We’ll be selecting questions from there for next Tuesday’s session.  The session details will be sent out this Friday.

BONUS session Deborah Abela (shortlisted author)

Thanks to YABBA for offering a bonus session to schools with the fabulous Deborah Abela on July 17th.  To register for this session you will need to go to the YABBA booking registration here just for this session as it’s a bonus and not on the existing YABBA registration form.  Also you can use the submit a question button for students to ask a question.  On Deborah’s website you can listen to her talking about Grimsdon her book that has been shortlisted and other interesting tips like the “So you’d like to be a writer!” podcast.


Register for BONUS session  Submit a question

YABBA session 4 – Sofie Laguna

Sofie Laguna is a our next Australian Author and she will be sharing her craft on the 19th June! Don’t forget to register for this session if you haven’t already done so. Here is the link for Sofie’s website.  Have you read the 4 part series, “Our Australian Girl” or “Where are you Banana?” Check out Sofie’s Website, search the library for her books and see if you can add some questions in the comments below for Sofie next week.

YABBA session 3 – Adam Wallace and James Hart


Adam Wallace

On Tuesday  May 22nd at 9:30am Adam Wallace writer/cartoonist and James Hart illustrator (Challenge Illustrator for the Premiers Reading Challenge) will dazzle us with lots of fun about writing and drawing. They worked together on Accidentally Awesome, Blunderingly Brilliant and Disastrously Daring.

Check out Adams about me page and use it as a template to write about yourself. See below for a template. Check out James Hart’s website and see some of the books he has illustrated.

James Hart

Adam loves to rhyme with pictures.  Can you rhyme with pictures on the padlet below?  Add your voice to rhyme in the comments on each picture. As it says you need to open this with MS Edge/chrome or the pictures will not appear. Have you tried writing in rhyme or even writing a rap?

Here is a website that has the “How to make a rap song” instructions


Made with Padlet

Yabba session 2 – Heath MacKenzie

Heath Mackenzie will be talking to us on May 1st at 9:30am.

1.Check out Heath MacKenzie’s website His FAQ”s will give you lots of information.

2. His books have some great characters that have had new stories written about and could be the beginning of many more. “What does Santa do when it’s not Christmas?”  Can you make a list of charcters that are associated with special celebrations?

3. Select  one of Heaths books and see if you can fill in the lotus diagram.  Then use the lotus diagram to plan a story.

4. I wanna be……. what would you write about?

Bring your work to share at the session or take a photo and upload onto this padlet below.


Made with Padlet

YABBA Session 1: Sally Rippin

Sally Rippin author of the BIllie B Brown series and others will share her writing craft with us.

Here is the link for her site.

How many of the BIllie B Brown series have you read?  Which Billie B brown book is your favourite? Why? Billie’s best friend Jack has his own series.  Have you read them also?  If your were writing for yourself which best friend would you write a new series about and what qualities would their character have?  Compare Billie and Jack how are they alike and how are they different in their characters?

Add your thoughts to this venn diagram below.  You can also download a blank version.

Skip to toolbar