Australia’s best children’s bookseller at State Library

Julie Melville, Assistant Manager of State Library of Queensland’s Library Shop, has been awarded for her outstanding children’s bookselling by the Australian Booksellers Association.

The annual Guild Insurance Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children’s Bookselling was announced last night at the Australian Booksellers Association Gala dinner, along with numerous other national industry awards.

The Minister for Science, Information Technology, Innovation and the Arts Ian Walker has congratulated Julie on winning this prestigious award.

“I commend Julie on this great achievement and her obvious commitment to instilling and encouraging a love of reading in our young people,” Mr Walker said.

“State Library does a lot of wonderful work in the area of children’s literacy through its programs throughout the state. It is passionate people such as Julie who help make the Library’s goal of touching young lives through reading a reality.” 

State Librarian Janette Wright said the award was an honour for both Julie and State Library.

“We are thrilled to have one of the country’s best children’s booksellers here at SLQ, sharing her love for reading with children every day,” Ms Wright said.

Julie is extremely dedicated to her work in the Library Shop, and believes that instilling a passion for reading at a young age is imperative.

“Once a child learns to love books, this becomes a lifelong affair that will carry them through anything life throws at them — the world of the book becomes a place you can always escape to,” she said.

Julie began her first job in bookselling in 1973, working part-time at The Book Nook, her mother’s Brisbane book store specialising in children’s literature.

In the 40 years since, Julie has worked at bookshops across the city, starting her current job at the Library Shop in November 2006 when State Library of Queensland reopened after a building redevelopment.

As the sole children’s book buyer, Julie has transformed the children’s books section from a single shelf to one of the top selling categories that attracts both regular customers and visitors to State Library’s The Corner family space and school holiday programming, such as the Top Secret Storytellers Clubhouse.

State Library of Queensland also runs numerous children’s literacy programs, including the national Summer Reading Club, and the family literacy programs Dads Read and Read4Life.

To see Julie’s curated range of children’s books, visit the Library Shop on level 1 of State Library of Queensland at South Bank, or view a selection online at

For more information on State Library of Queensland’s children’s reading activities and programs, visit


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