Understanding Teen Reading

Children’s publishing and bookselling event ‘Between the Covers, Behind the Counter’ returns on 4 October 2023 in Melbourne to explore the latest research on teen reading.


Publishers and booksellers are invited to explore the reading habits of Australian teens at an evening of networking and professional development on Wednesday 4 October in Melbourne or online. 

The APA’s Children's Publishers Committee and BookPeople (ABA) present the opportunity to hear from the Deakin University Teen Reading research team, who will preview their final report for the project Discovering a ‘Good Read’: Cultural Pathways to Reading for Australian Teens in a Digital Age

Leonie Rutherford (Associate Professor, Project Leader), Andrew Singleton (Professor) and Bronwyn Reddan (Postdoctoral Research Fellow) will discuss key findings from their 2022-23 survey asking Australian teens about their recreational reading tastes and practices. 

This presentation will offer insight into the following questions:

  • What place does reading have in the lives of Australian teens? 
  • What types of books do teens enjoy reading? 
  • How do teens discover their next read?
  • What is the impact of age, gender, socio-economic and language background, and other social influences on teen reading habits?

Designed to provide professional development and networking opportunities, the event is targeted towards publishing professionals and booksellers with a particular interest in children's and YA books. 

Online event

For those who can't join us in Melbourne, a live stream of the presentations will be available from 18:30 (AEDT). 

View the presentations online here (passcode 33190244 if needed) and download a calendar reminder.

In-person event

For those who can attend in-person, Join us at Deakin University’s CBD campus in Melbourne from 17:00 for networking drinks and light refreshments, with the presentation from 18:30-19:30.


Tickets cost just $5 plus GST, with registrations closing 28/09/23.

To book please log in or create an account on the APA website, then click the 'Register Myself' or 'Register Someone Else' buttons below to add the tickets to your basket. You can add multiple tickets using the 'Register Someone Else' button. If you have any problems with access or registration, please contact the APA office.
4/10/2023 5:00 PM - 7:30 PM
AUS Eastern Daylight Time
Deakin Downtown Level 12, Tower 2 727 Collins Street Melbourne, VIC 3008 AUSTRALIA

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