Kids posts

Brilliant inclusive middle fiction fantasy

by Leanne Hall

Magical powers, mythical monsters and strange other worlds are popular with young readers aged 8-12, who seek adventure, wonder and understanding through fantasy stories. Fantasy books can also be a great vehicle to represent a full and inclusive range of relatable characters and diverse mythologies. Here are some of our favourite fantasy books that champion cultural and LGBTQIA+ inclusivity. …

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

Welcome To Country by Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Respect by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Lisa Kennedy Bluey: Big Backyard Bluey: Bob Bilby Greta Thunberg (Little People, Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Anke Weckmann Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Ker…

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2020

The winners of the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced!

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 illustration for children and young people.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal has been awa…

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Funny books for beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

Working towards independent reading can be slow and painstaking work. Beginner books with silly characters, outlandish scenarios, funny dialogue, and comic illustrations can help create enthusiastic and entertained readers. Here are some of the recent junior fiction books for readers aged 6-8 years that made us laugh.

Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement by Magda Szubanski &…

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

Welcome To Country by Lisa Kennedy & Aunty Joy Murphy Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs, Kate Moon & Rachael Sarra Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas Respect by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Lisa Kennedy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Take the Shot by Susan White Sorry Day by Coral Vass & Dub Leffler Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Bluey: Big Backyard The

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for June

by Leanne Hall

This month we have some wonderful new Australian picture books, Melina Marchetta writing for a new age group, a magical illustrated novel, and a must-have book that illuminates the Uluru Statement from the Heart for young readers. Find our June picks for YA books here. SIX KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH

The Giant and the Sea by Trent Jamieson & Rovina Cai

A giant stands on the shore, wa…

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

The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Welcome To Country by Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy Bluey: The Beach Bluey: The Creek The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Bluey: Big Backyard Respect by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Lisa Kennedy The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble Bluey: Time to Play!

Suzanne Collins proves that it doesn’t matter i…

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Our favourite interactive picture books

by Leanne Hall

We would argue that all picture books are ripe for interaction, but some encourage more reader participation than others. Here are some of our favourite books that prompt us to press, lift, tie, pat and build. Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

Mix and match to your heart’s content with this innovative board book that encourages youngsters to play with their food. Four separate board b…

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