Kids posts

Here’s why Anne with an E feels like a betrayal

by Bronte Coates

Bookseller Bronte Coates on why Anne with an E, Netflix’s adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s classic 1908 novel about a popular red-haired orphan, has received so much backlash.

When you hear that the New Yorker calls Anne with an Ea betrayal’ you might wonder if this is an exaggeration. It’s not. Anne with an E is a terrible disappointment and I will not rest until the people responsible for t…

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MIFF 2017 picks for kids and teens

This year’s Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) presents two program streams for a youth audience. MIFF Kids is a program of films for all ages at family-friendly times on the weekends. MIFF Schools brings together an array of high quality, diverse and age appropriate films in languages most commonly taught in Victorian schools. Here is what’s on offer for kids and teens in 2017. REC…

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Recommended new kids' books in July

by Leanne Hall

This month sees a slew of sweet, gentle and imaginative kids' books about dog-walking, nurturing new and old friendships, teeny-tiny angels and mythical sea-rocks. Plus one very excellent book about evil magician rabbits. (Find our best recommendations for teen books this month here.) NEW PICTURE BOOKS

Mini Grey’s picture books are always something to look forward to and The Bad Bunnies' M

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Recommended new YA books in July

by Leanne Hall

This month we follow three resilient French girls on a cycling road trip, dive into Zana Fraillon’s thought-provoking new novel, and take a fresh look at modern 80s Kiwi classic, The Changeover. (Find our best recommendations for kids' books this month here.) LOVEOZYA PICKS

Following on from the success of her first YA novel, The Bone Sparrow, Zana Fraillon has crafted another story that e…

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Books to celebrate NAIDOC Week

by Leanne Hall

Happy NAIDOC Week! The theme for NAIDOC Week 2017 is ‘Our Languages Matter’ – a chance to focus on the importance, resilience and richness of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander languages. Here are 10 highly recommended reads that explore Indigenous culture and voices for young people, from toddlers through to teens. Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy

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The best books to encourage beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

Learning to read is really hard work but it can be made easier – and even fun – with a really engaging book. Here are my best suggestions for simple stories that will entertain, delight and inspire beginner readers. SIMPLE READS FOR TRUE BEGINNERS – 15 WORDS PER PAGE OR LESS

For a funny and manageable read, you can’t go past the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems. These books use energe…

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2017

The winners of the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see Melbourne author Zana Fraillon listed among the recipients!

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of …

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