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How to read a wordless picture book

by Leanne Hall

One of the most popular picture books of last year was comedian and actor B.J. Novak’s The Book with No Pictures. The book, which really does have only words and no pictures, compels the reader to say some very silly things out loud.

But what about a picture book that has no words? How on earth do you ‘read’ it? Put simply, it’s up to you and the little person sitting with you to supply your own…

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford Lion by Saroo Brierley Between a Wolf and a Dog by Georgia Blain Big Little Lies (TV tie-in edition) by Liane Moriarty Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman The Good People by Hannah Kent The Daughters of Henry Wong by Harrison Young The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nguyen The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Scott Pape’s The Barefoot Investor

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Our children’s and YA top ten bestsellers of the week

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross Unleashed (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2) by Dav Pilkey In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey Mopoke by Philip Bunting Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12 by Kaz Cooke The Bad Guys: Episode 1 (Book 1) by Aaron Blabey Laugh Your Head off Again by various authors Withering-By-Sea (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) by Judith Ro…

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Here’s what we know about The Book of Dust, so far

by Bronte Coates

Here are 10 things we know about Philip Pullman’s much-anticipated upcoming fantasy trilogy. (Okay, nine things we know, and one thing I hope…)

1. The Book of Dust is going to be a three-part book series that overlaps with Pullman’s beloved His Dark Materials trilogy, and has the ever-brilliant Lyra Belacqua at its heart. Pullman describes his new trilogy as neither prequel or sequel, but rath…

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What we’re reading: Madeleine Thien, Liane Moriarty and Angela Pippos

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Robbie Egan is reading Abaddon’s Gate by James S.A. Corey

I am reading Abaddon’s Gate, the third book in the Expanse series. This series is set in a future fraught with tensions about interplanetary war. Earth and Mars are on the brink of conflict, and the spa…

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals longlists 2017

The longlists for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

In 2017 the Carnegie Medal reaches its…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a candid conversation about sex in the internet age… Future Sex by Emily Witt

Emily Witt is single, straight, and female, and after moving to San Francisco, she sets off on a quest for personal fulfilment. In these essays, Witt captures the experiences of going to bars alone, online dating and hooking up with strangers. From public health clinics to cafe conversations about ‘coregasms’, s…

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My best advice for girls who like sport

by Angela Pippos

These are exciting times for women (and girls) in sport.

Who’d have thought that the first AFLW game played a few weeks ago would be a lockout? Who’d have thought it would have won its timeslot on television – who’d have thought it would even have been broadcast – hang on a second – who’d have thought there’d even be a national women’s league? If you’d said three years ago that women would be pl…

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Best new crime reads in February

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman by Mindy Mejia

I’ve long been a sucker for American stories set away from the intensity of their cities and in the country’s open heart: those wide endless prairies; the sheriffs who know everyone and ride the thin line between being adored and feared; that down-home American cheesiness that hides an undercurrent of blood as much as the…

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An interview with Edie Wright of Magabala Books

by Edie Wright

As Australian students and teachers return to school, one of the remotest publishing houses in the world, Magabala Books in Broome (WA) is gearing up to bring new Aboriginal perspectives to primary school classrooms all over the country. With a grant of $33,550 from the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund, Magabala Books will soon deliver specially created teaching resources for 15 Indigenous stori…

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