Kids posts

Kathy Kozlowski awarded Pixie O’Harris Award

We’re thrilled to see Readings Kids specialist and all-around children’s literature rockstar Kathy Kozlowski named as the recipient of the Pixie O’Harris Award for her contribution to Australian children’s literature. Congratulations Kathy!

The Pixie O’Harris Award is part of the Australian Publisher’s Association’s book industry ‘Hall of Fame’ awards. It recognises members of the book industry …

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Q&A with Readings Children’s Book Prize winner Carly Nugent

We sat down with the Carly Nugent – author of the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize winner The Peacock Detectives – to talk about what makes a good mystery, what inspired her book and what she’s been reading.

Congratulations on winning the Readings Children’s Book Prize! Can you tell us a bit about why you wanted to write this story? Has the book been with you for a while?

Thank you! It’s s…

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Carly Nugent wins the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize

by Freya Howarth

We’re thrilled to reveal that the winner of this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize is The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent!

Established in 2014, the Readings Children’s Book Prize celebrates on-the-rise Australian authors and is awarded to the book that children will love best.

Carly Nugent’s quirky mystery about family and friendship is a fitting winner. This heartfelt depiction of fa…

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Six fantastic new picture books

by Leanne Hall

There has been a wave of gorgeously-illustrated and skilfully-written picture books this month. Picture books are often viewed as solely for young audiences, but many are objects of art that can be enjoyed by all ages. Here are six new picture books that can be appreciated by young and old. Our Little Inventor by Sher Rill Ng

Enter a fantastical steampunk world in Australian author-illustr…

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The ABIA Book shortlists 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy has announced the ABIA Book shortlists for 2019.

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, narrators, and publishers.

General fiction book of the year Scrublands by Chris Hammer The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland The Nowhere Child by Christian White The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Lit…

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A spotlight on Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt

Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this thrilling high-stakes fantasy.

When Ottilie’s younger brother is taken by the Pickers, she disguises herself as a boy to rescue him. She soon finds herself at an elite training school for hunters, in the mysterious in-between wo…

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Kids books, events & news for April

We have some truly gorgeous picture books for you this month, along with a wacky junior graphic novel and a nail-biting survival adventure. Find our April picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy & Andrew Kelly

Indigenous creators Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy collaborated on the Readings favourite, Welcome to Country

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A spotlight on The Peacock Detectives

The Peacock Detectives is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this quirky and warm mystery about family and friendship.

‘When Cassie’s neighbours ask her to look for their missing peacocks, William Shakespeare and Virginia, she eagerly takes the case. But the search takes some unexpected turns, and leads her…

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

Colouroos by Anna McGregor Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy Hopping Weird (Weirdo Book 12) by Anh Do Four Dead Queens by Astrid Scholte All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys The Secret Runners of New York by Matthew Reilly Where’s Mrs Kangaroo by Ingela P Arrhenius Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood The Peacock Dete

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A spotlight on Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Real Pigeons Fight Crime is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this madcap mystery with feathered friends.

‘Real Pigeons Fight Crime introduces a dynamic crime-fighting team: Grandpouter is the patriarch in charge of superstrong Frillback, extra-bendy Tumbler, navigational expert Homey and the newest recrui…

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