Kids posts

Stunning new First Nations picture books

There are some beautiful recently released picture books to share with children (and adults) that are created by very talented First Nations authors and artists, and we don’t want you to miss out on discovering them. Here are some of our favourite recent First Nations picture books: A Kunwinjku Counting Book by Gabriel Maralngurra

Accompanied by illustrations drawing on traditional Kunwinjk…

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Highlights of the MWF Schools Program

The Melbourne Writers Festival is on from 1-9 September this year and their schools program encompasses incredible day-long outings for students to attend! The program includes four sessions across the day that each feature a different author and focus.

Below, we spotlight just four of the wonderful author sessions being featured this year, but you can find out more about the full program here.…

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Recommended Kid’s books and news for May

There are so many exciting new releases on our shelves this May, that it’s hard to know where to begin. How about with our Book of the Month - a warmhearted story about footy, family and fashion? Or perhaps with a story about stressing out, changing family dynamics and climate change activism? In picture books we have a non-binary character in the exuberant Katerina Cruickshanks, and a luscious o…

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Seven graphic novels that would make great screen adaptions

by Lucie Dess

The television adaptation of the Heartstopper series by Alice Oseman hit Netflix and I have already binged the entire season! Here are seven graphic novels I think would make great screen adaptions:

The Okay Witch by Emma Steinkellner

Move over Sabrina, there’s a new witch in town. This adorable graphic novel would make an even more adorable television series. Not only is it lots of fun, it…

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Q&A with Alison Lester

by Angela Crocombe

Alison Lester is a legend of Australian children’s literature and her books have been loved by millions of children and adults over many years. A play of her beloved classic Magic Beach is being performed at Melbourne Arts Centre from May 19-22 and we caught up with Alison on the cusp of this production. Magic Beach was published over 30 years ago, but it is still one of your most popular book…

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Top picks for Kids and YA book clubs

Below are our top picks for book clubs for young people this month: For readers aged 5-9 Maku by Meyne Wyatt

Maku has just started at a new school. It’s tricky fitting in, but Maku always tries his best. When his grandparents take him out on country he finds inspiration to make a superhero movie and impress his classmates.

Themes include:

First Nations culture friendship family …

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Bestselling books from Clunes Booktown

by Angela Crocombe

After predictions of dire storms and a torrential downpour on the Friday night, we weren’t sure what to expect for our first post-Covid Booktown. But the sun shone brightly all weekend as thousands of book lovers descended upon the picturesque town of Clunes to hear authors speak and fossick through the many pop-up bookshops and local stores. Visiting authors came to the Readings marquee to sign …

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