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Fostering empathy in kids and teens

by Leanne Hall

We need empathy more than ever in our current world, and we think books are one of the best tools for understanding another person’s perspective. We highly recommend you read our original deep dive into children’s books that teach empathy for detailed recommendations based on age groups, but we’ve also taken a fresh look at some recent and favourite books that encourage empathy in babies, kids a…

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What we’re reading: Jenkins Reid, Choo, Davis-Goff and Guillaume

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This novel follows the rise and fall of a legendary rock band from the 1970s, The Six, whose journey to fame took off when they were joined by singer and ‘it girl’ Daisy Jones. The book is …

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The Rathbones Folio Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced.

Launched in 2014 as an alternative to the Man Booker Prize, the £30,000 Folio Prize is awarded out of the UK to the best new work of literature published in the English language in a given year, regardless of form. Books are nominated for the prize by members of the Academy, a body of over 250 writers and critics that includes M…

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Sci-fi and fantasy reads for non-genre fans

by Jackie Tang

The Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, Blade Runner … science-fiction and fantasy literature has spawned so many classic stories that catch the popular culture zeitgeist. And yet, for some readers, the genre can often feel too intimidating, dense and wrapped up in its own mythology to approach. Even the most open-minded and curious reader may lack the time to devote to a 1000-page door stopper.

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Meet the bookseller with Kathy Kozlowski

Kathy Kozlowski is a children’s book specialist who has worked in children’s literature for more than 40 years. Here, she shares the changes she’s witnessed in the book industry and which authors she’d invite to a dinner party. Why did you decide to work in books and what is your favourite part of the job?

It was a light bulb moment during university when I realised that if I worked with chil…

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A spotlight on Black Cockatoo

Black Cockatoo is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this quietly powerful exploration of family and culture.

‘Mia, a 13-year-old Jaru girl, cares for a dirrarn (black cockatoo) injured by her older brother Jy. As the cockatoo slowly regains its strength, Mia’s confidence grows. Mia is a sensitive observer …

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Recommended non-fiction books for fiction readers

For people who struggle to get through works of non-fiction, these compelling reads have all the moving characters, narrative suspense and literary quality of a juicy novel. From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage by Judith Brett

It’s compulsory to vote in Australia. We are one of a handful of countries in the world that enforce this rule. This remarkable fact is something to be proud of, a…

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists 2019

The shortlists for the 2019 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.

Here are the shortlisted books for th…

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Winners of the Indie Book Awards 2019

The winners of the Indie Book Awards 2019 have been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around Australia get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the winners for each category, along with comments from our booksellers.

The Fiction winner is…
Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Bridge of Clay is …

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The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for this year’s Wellcome book prize has been announced. This prize is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or non-fiction that ‘celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature’.

This year’s shortlist includes Australian author Sarah Krasnostein’s The Trauma Cleaner. Our Carlton bookseller Kara described it as as ‘an incredible story’ featuring ‘understated ye…

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