Kids posts

Seven picture books to lift your spirits

by Leanne Hall

In need of a pick-me-up? These seven picture books are guaranteed to make you feel better, with humour, compassion, colourful illustrations and new perspectives.

Mole in a Black and White Hole by Tereza Sediva

When Mole looks around his underground home, all he sees is the black-and-white world of his hole. Mole digs and dreams of finding something colourful, but day after day he is disapp…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Weekend with Oscar by Robyn Bavati

As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey

The Story of Australia by Don Watson

Across the Sea (Wolf Girl, Book 5) by Anh Do

Any Way the Wind Blows by Rainbow Rowell

The Boy Who Stepped Through Time by Anna Ciddor

Pig the Monster by Aaron Blabey

Story Doctors by Boori Monty Pryor & Rita Sinclair

Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Twitch by M. G. Leonard

Award-winning Australian au…

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Recent escapist fantasy reads for kids

by Leanne Hall

If you love magic, quests, mythical beasts, sinister villains, alternate worlds and saving everyone from evil, then you will love these recent fantasy reads.

Rainbow Grey by Laura Ellen Anderson

Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the city of Celestia in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky. Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips … but she doesn…

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Five kids & YA reads from First Nations writers

This year, NAIDOC week is running from 4 – 11 July and focuses the theme of Heal Country. Put succinctly, Heal Country ‘calls for stronger measures to recognise, protect, and maintain all aspects of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander culture and heritage’; we recommend reading the full explanation behind the 2021 focus (and exploring how you can become more involved this NAIDOC week) here.


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Recommended children’s books & news for July

by Leanne Hall

This month in kids books we’ve got a funny and honest verse novel, a new picture book from a master Australian storyteller, charming junior fiction about animals, a time-bending adventure and a sweeping Australian history book. Find our July picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

Bridget ‘Bee’ Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of …

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A spotlight on our kids & YA books of the month, July 2021

by Leanne Hall

Our kids & YA books of the month in July include a funny verse novel from a masterful storyteller, a gorgeous love story set in Brisbane and a joyful and whimsical classic. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Are You There, Buddha? by Pip Harry

Bridget ‘Bee’ Ballentine is 12 and starting her first year of high school in the beach suburb Crescent Bay. Still reeling from the departure of her mother fo…

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