Kids posts

Five reasons we love Escape to the Moon Islands by Mardi McConnochie

by Bronte Coates

Escape to the Moon Islands by Mardi McConnochie is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here are five reasons why we think it’s brilliant. 1. The story touches on some big issues, but it’s still a real page-turner.

Like the best of dystopian fiction, this book’s world draws comparisons with the prevalent issues of today, such as climate change and o…

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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The Treehouse Fun Book 2 by Andy Griffiths, Jill Griffiths and Terry Denton Really Weird! (WeirDo Book 8) by Anh Do and Jules Faber In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee Wonder by R.J. Palacio I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Gosh The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman E

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Five reasons we love The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman

by Leanne Hall

The Secrets We Keep by Nova Weetman is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here are five reasons why we think it’s brilliant. 1. Clem is an unforgettable main character.

11-year-old Clem isn’t having the easiest time. Her family home has burned to the ground, she’s living in a strange new area in a small apartment with her dad, and she’s started at…

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Children’s books that teach empathy

by Bronte Coates

We begin to encounter difference right from the beginning of our lives, and all the way through to the end. There will always be different ideas about and ways of doing things, different needs and desires, different clothes and hairstyles, different cultures and different ways of communicating. So it’s smart to start teaching kids how to recognise, understand and respect difference right from the…

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

Really Weird! (WeirDo Book 8) by Anh Do and Jules Faber 13 Reasons Why by Jay Asher Florette by Anna Walker The Blue Cat by Ursula Dubosarsky The Maddie Diaries by Maddie Ziegler Grover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 1) by Claire Garth and Johannes Leak The Treehouse Fun Book 2 by Andy Griffiths, Jill Griffiths and Terry Denton Escape to the Moon Islands (Quest of the Sunfish Book …

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Recommended new kids' books in April

by Leanne Hall

This month, we recommend a crop of funny picture books, enough quality junior and middle fiction to last the school holidays, the best of the Easter books, and some very good-looking and fascinating non-fiction. (Find our best recommendations for teen books this month here.) PICTURE BOOKS

My Pictures After the Storm is a colourful and anarchic picture book that will please adults as much…

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Five reasons we love Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters by Ailsa Wild

by Bronte Coates

Squishy Taylor and the Bonus Sisters by Ailsa Wild (with illustrations by Ben Wood) is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here are five reasons why we think it’s brilliant. 1. Squishy Taylor is a terrific new Australian heroine for ages 6 and up.

We adore Squishy. She’s feisty and forthright, impulsive and inventive, silly and smart. Throughout th…

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

The Beast of Hushing Wood by Gabrielle Wang Really Weird! (WeirDo Book 8) by Anh Do and Jules Faber Slow Down, World by Tai Snaith A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh The Red Book by Beck and Matt Stanton Florette by Anna Walker Escape to the Moon Islands (Quest of the Sunfish Book 1) by Mardi McConnochie Grover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue

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Five reasons we love Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller

by Bronte Coates

Elizabeth and Zenobia by Jessica Miller is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here are five reasons why we think it’s brilliant. 1. Avid readers (and teachers!) will delight in the clever ways this book pays tribute to other classic children’s stories.

Elizabeth and Zenobia is a multi-layered story that nods to a range of classic tales, including …

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