Centre for Youth Literature

The Centre for Youth Literature (CYL) turns 22 this year!

CYL promotes reading for pleasure for all young people and champions youth literature across the broader cultural spectrum. It is a national resource and network, with international connections in the field.

It produces events for young readers, professional development programs, a website, blog and multimedia, and advises and consults on youth literature.

Program of events

An annual program of innovative scheduled and on-demand events for young adults brings books to life and offers an inspiring array of Australian writers for teens to discover, meet and enjoy.

You can browse individual programs by date or type of event (check classes & workshops, student events and young adult events) via What's on.

Professional learning programs such as the biennial Reading Matters conference keep teachers, librarians and literacy professionals in touch with crucial issues and ideas in youth literature. Check our What's on calendar for current and upcoming events.

Learn more about booking a CYL school or professional learning program.


CYL's inside a dog website is produced for teenage readers. It features book reviews, news, sneak previews of upcoming books, the chance to win stuff, a discussion forum and audio.

Teachers can find great suggestions for using the inside a dog website in the classroom or with students. Topics include creating book clubs and encouraging students to post book reviews and chat online with authors.


The Read alert blog keeps literacy professionals up to date with the latest information, current thinking and issues in youth literature.

Audio & video

The Library website's multimedia section offers audio and video about authors, writing and books for young adults.


Subscribe to CYL's enewsletter and receive the latest interviews, articles, reviews and news and events from the youth literature world.

Children's books

For unique insights into the changing social trends in children's publishing, explore the Library's vast collection of children's literature.

More information

For more information email youthlit@slv.vic.gov.au or call 03 8664 7014.