Kids posts

Books to inspire young creatives

by Leanne Hall

Do you have a pint-sized writer, designer, filmmaker, musician, artist or all-round imaginative powerhouse in your life? Here are some great books that celebrate young creatives. And don’t forget to browse our full list of suggested books to inspire young creatives. YOUNG ARTISTS

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti is disconsolate after an art class, feeling that she can’t draw, but wh…

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Our staff love How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery. How to Make a Movie in 12 Days is a delightfully charming love song to movies, friendship and summer holidays, penned by Readings' own bookseller and crime specialist, Fiona Hardy. We’re absolutely thrilled to be hosting the book launch to this wonderful middle-grade novel this Saturday. Come along! If you needed any more persuadi…

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The winners of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Book of the Year Awards winners for 2019. These Awards celebrate the best Australian books for readers in early childhood up to young adult readers.

Here are the winners for each category.

Older Readers Between Us by Clare Atkins

Jono is depressed, missing his absent mother and sister, and struggling in his relationship …

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The Environment Award for Children’s Literature shortlist 2019

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.

This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the shortlisted books for each category…

Picture fiction More and More and M

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Recommended August kids books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’ve got anatomy! imagination! a lizard journalist! a baby that disgusts monsters! a very gorgeous cookbook! and more. Be prepared, because August is eclectic. Find our August picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

You Might Find Yourself by Tai Snaith

This gorgeous new picture book from Australian artist Tai Snaith (The Family Hour in Australia, Slow Down, World) …

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Celebrate the moon-landing anniversary with kids books

by Leanne Hall

Fifty years ago is ancient history to contemporary kids – but luckily there’s a plethora of children’s books bringing to life the wonder and awe of 1969’s Apollo 11 Moon mission and the moment Neil Armstrong took that first step. Here are some of our favourites.

Where’s Mr Astronaut? by Ingela P Arrhenius

If your baby is showing early signs of a future career in space exploration, you may…

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Kids books to make you giggle

by Leanne Hall

It’s the depth of winter, so what better time to snuggle up with a funny book? We recommend some of our favourite kids reads that are guaranteed to make you laugh and lift your spirits.

Brenda Is a Sheep by Morag Hood

Brenda says she’s a sheep, but to be honest, Brenda’s a little shady. She has a pointy snout, pointy canine teeth, she doesn’t enjoy eating grass, and her baa is non-existent…

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This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop!

Love Your Bookshop Day is happening across Australia on Saturday 10 August. This day is all about celebrating and loving your local bookshops and to celebrate, we’re holding a very special and utterly madcap competition for primary-school aged kids.

This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop drawings!

Why? Andy Griffths and Terry Denton are looking for inspiration for a s…

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Our kids and YA staff round up their favourite releases this year (so far)

If you can believe it, we’re already staring down the barrel of the second half of 2019. With so many exciting new releases rapidly headed our way, we asked our wonderful kids and YA staff to reflect on the releases they’ve really enjoyed already this year. Read on for their recommendations.

Kim Gruschow from Readings St Kilda has loved:

I adored Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, a book ab…

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