Kids posts

The Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2021

by Clare Millar

The Readings Children’s Book Prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. This year’s six shortlisted titles are for readers aged 5 to 12.

The 2021 shortlist is:

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore
The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks
Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke & illustrated by Nicki Greenberg
The Grandest Booksho

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Learning to love board books

by Bronte Coates

Online bookseller Bronte shares the joy she discovered in reading board and baby books together with a small person.

I’ve always thought of myself as an enlightened picture book reader. I’ve been buying them for my home shelves for the entirety of my adult life – years before I ever thought seriously about becoming a parent – and have often expressed my belief that illustrated books are for al…

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The CBCA notable books of 2021

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Notable Books for 2021. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers!

The CBCA Awards were first presented in 1946 and are the longest-running book awards in Australia.

CBCA National Chair Wendy Rapee said it was a year when we needed stories more than ever, and our storytellers came through with a record-break…

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Perfect reads for the tween years

by Leanne Hall

Too old for middle grade, but too young for YA? If you know a reader aged 10 - 13 years who wants to engage with more mature issues, here are some books that cater perfectly to the tween years.

Tiger Daughter by Rebecca Lim

Thirteen-year-old Wen is the first-generation daughter of Chinese immigrants, and lives in a house governed by rage and fear. Wen and her friend, Henry - whose mum and …

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Recommended kids books, events & news for February

We’ve got something for every type of young reader this month in kids books! Magical adventures and alternate realities, a picture book to inspire young climate activists, a celebration of seaweed and an awesome guide to news media. Find our February picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

The World Between Blinks by Ryan Graudin & Amie Kaufman

Cousins Jake and Marisol gather w…

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The most anticipated children’s and YA books of 2021

by Angela Crocombe

While 2020 had some absolute gems, I am excited to read all the work that authors have been writing, polishing and polishing again during this past year.

We are going to be spoiled for choice for middle-grade readers in 2021. Nicki Greenberg has an exciting jewel heist story set on an ocean liner (The Detective’s Guide to Ocean Travel, March), while local favourite Nova Weetman’s The Edge of Th

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Eight books to start conversations with kids this month

Kids are naturally curious about the world and, given half a chance, love to have deep conversations about important issues and events. Here are some books to help spark interesting discussions with kids. For discussing the bushfire season… The Bushfire Book by Chris Nixon & Polly Marsden

Australia is a big country with all sorts of weather – and sometimes extreme weather that causes bushf…

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Funny Australian kids books to brighten your summer

by Leanne Hall

What better way to spend your summer holidays than getting some giggles and belly laughs? Here are our picks of funny books for kids aged 7-12. The Odds by Matt Stanton

Kip is a quiet and shy kid who struggles to fit in at school. She’s easy to miss and that’s the way she likes it. But when ten characters from her favourite comics, picture books, TV shows and video games – and her nightmare…

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