Kids posts

Winners of the Caldecott, Newbery and Printz awards

The American Library Association (ALA) have announced their top books for children and young adults, including the influential Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards. The winners include…

John Newbery Medal winner:
The Girl Who Drank the Moon by Kelly Barnhill

Randolph Caldecott Medal:
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat by Javaka Steptoe

Coretta Scot

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

Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12 by Kaz Cooke Unleashed (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2) by Dav Pilkey Dog Man (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 1) by Dav Pilkey Australian Animals by Alphaprints Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts Pax by Sara Pennypacker and Jon Klassen Lion by Saroo Brierley (Young Readers' Edition) Salty Dog by Gloria Rand and Ted Rand The Tales of Beedle the

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Summer highlights in kids' and young adult books

by Leanne Hall

This summer, we’ve been busy reading in parks, on beaches, and in the frozen food aisle of our local supermarket. We’ve come across some great picture books for nervous new Preps, adored Raina Telgemaier’s new spin on Ann M. Martin’s The Babysitter’s Club series, and slipped into a seriously psychedelic adventure for tweens. SUMMER PICKS IN PICTURE BOOKS

Anyone who has ever been the owner…

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

Girl Stuff for Girls Aged 8-12 by Kaz Cooke Unleashed (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 2) by Dav Pilkey The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11) by Jeff Kinney In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey Danger Ahead (Friday Barnes Book 6) by R.A. Spratt Wormwood Mire (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) by Judith Rossell We Found a Hat by Jon Klass…

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Middle fiction that tackles serious topics

by Leanne Hall

Have you ever loved a book so much you weren’t able to talk sensibly about it? I’ve just finished reading Paul Griffin’s funny, sweet and devastating When Friendship Followed Me Home, and I’m feeling evangelical about it.

12-year-old Ben has spent most of his life in state care before being adopted by an older mum, the indomitable Tess. While Ben is undoubtedly affected by his past, you can see…

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

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross Lots by Marc Martin Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the original screenplay) by J.K. Rowling A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee Wormwood Mire (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) by Judith Rossell Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London by Kate Knapp The Call by Peadar Ó Guilín Withering-By-Sea (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) by Judith Rossell Hotdog (B…

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

The Midnight Gang by David Walliams and Tony Ross Lots by Marc Martin Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (the original screenplay) by J.K. Rowling Ruby Red Shoes Goes to London by Kate Knapp Double Down (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 11) by Jeff Kinney A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee Pig the Elf by Aaron Blabey Withering-By-Sea by Judith Rossell Wormwood Mire (A Stella Montgomery Intrigue) …

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Children’s classics paired with their modern counterparts

by Leanne Hall

I adored the Anne of Green Gables series as a 10-year-old and it pleases me no end that these books are still popular with our young customers. When it comes to your own favourite classic children’s books, you might want to gift the original to the youngsters in your life, or you might want to find a contemporary book that delivers the same spirit and joy. Or, dare we say, you might even want to …

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Recommended classic picture books for Christmas

by Bronte Coates

Digital content coordinator Bronte Coates recommends five of her favourite classic picture books for Christmas. You can find more Christmas-themed picture books in the full collection here. We’ve also put together a collection of heart-warming or family-focussed picture books that make ideal reading for the holiday season, but without mentioning Christmas at all. The Snowman by Raymond Brig…

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