Kids posts

Picture books that celebrate naughty behaviour

by Bronte Coates

Be warned! These fun, charming, hilarious picture books may inadvertently encourage naughty behaviour… Errol! by Zanni Louise & Philip Bunting

Meet Errol, a stubborn red-beanie-wearing penguin. When Errol’s mum calls for him to follow her, he doesn’t listen. Instead, he goes and gets himself covered in the falling snow. While his distraught mum is left behind with a lone red beanie to despa…

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Unsung animals in picture books

by Leanne Hall

Cats, dogs, tigers and bears have always featured heavily in picture books, but what about lesser-known and equally worthy animals? Let’s take a moment to celebrate picture books that feature our favourite unsung animals and rare beasts, some in their natural environments, and some far from home. FORESTS & TREES

Sloth

The Sloth Who Came to Stay by Margaret Wild & Vivienne To – A visiti…

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The YABBA shortlists 2018

The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books. Their goal is to have children recommend, read, rate and reward their favourite Australian books.

During Term 1 each year children across Victoria are asked to recommend their favourite Australian books to other children by nominating four Aust…

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Kids books, events & news for May

by Leanne Hall

This month we’re reading picture books for laughs and remembering Australian history. We’re also enjoying two unique and fantastical Australian middle grade adventures, and getting messy at the kitchen table with science experiments. You can find some of our best teen reads of the month here. SIX KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Square by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Mac Barnett and Jon Klass…

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Fantastic picture book biographies

by Leanne Hall

There’s been an upswing in fantastic illustrated biographies for kids in the last few years. Here are some of our favourite visual biographies to inspire, educate and amaze young readers. You can also find further recommendations by browsing the collections at the bottom of the post. The Girl Who Ran by Frances Poletti and Kristina Yee

This joyous depiction of Bobbi Gibb’s groundbreaking r…

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Recommended Aussie books for beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

We love to see Australian junior fiction for kids embarking on their reading journey. Here are some recommended reads for beginner and newly independent readers. (And we’re always hungry for more!) From Nerd to Ninja (Ninja Kid Book 1) by Anh Do

Nerdy Nelson gets a big shock on his tenth birthday when he learns that he’s the last ninja on earth! Suddenly in possession of inherited coordinat…

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