Kids posts

Reflecting on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner

by Mike Shuttleworth

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the richest award for children’s literature. It’s worth around $800,000 – courtesy of the Swedish government – and late last month was awarded to the French writer Jean-Claude Mourlevat. Previous winners have included Maurice Sendak, Sir Philip Pullman, Sonya Hartnett, Meg Rosoff and Shaun Tan. So you might ask, Jean-Claude who?

Late last year Mourlevat’s n…

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Eight recent First Nations books for kids & teens

by Leanne Hall

Welcome, Child! by Sally Morgan

This joyous board book welcomes babies to the world with elegantly simple text and beautiful pictures of birds, hearts, stars and flowers. Full of the unconditional love felt for a newborn child, this is a sweet read-aloud to share with little ones.

For ages 0 and up.

Main Abija My Grandad by Karen Rogers

With luscious artwork and a lyrical text in Kri…

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Recommended children’s books & news for May

by Leanne Hall

We’ve got a hilarious picture book from a master storyteller, a sporty time-slip adventure, a heartfelt tale of immigration and strange and wonderful fantasy stories. Find our May picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Elsewhere Girls by Emily Gale & Nova Weetman

Cat has recently started at a new school on a sports scholarship, and she’s feeling a lot of pressure. Fanny loves …

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An interview with Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. She is the author of over 60 books, has won many national prizes and been nominated internationally for the Hans Andersen and Astrid Lindgren awards. In advance of their appearances during the MWF Schools, fellow author Ingrid Laguna chats with Dubosarsky about how to become a reader for life, and what books and writing have …

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Recent recommended mysteries for kids

by Leanne Hall

Calling all amateur sleuths and bookish detectives! Here are some of our favourite mystery books that will test your powers of deduction and observation.

The Puzzling Pearls (Plum and Woo, Book 1) by Lisa Siberry

Hannah Plum and Patti Woo have nothing in common, but they’re stuck at the beachside Heartbreak Hotel together while Hannah’s dad and Patti’s mum are out birdwatching and - yuck! …

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Penny Tangey wins the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2021

by Clare Millar

We are thrilled to share that the winner of the Readings Children’s Book Prize is As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey! This thrilling and entertaining sporty adventure will delight readers of ages 8-12.

Ten-year-old Vivian has her life sorted already – she’s determined to go the Olympics. She just doesn’t know in which sport! She’s tried nearly everything, but now she’s found her love of cross cou…

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Recommended kids books & news for April

by Leanne Hall

We’ve got animals in disguise and fascinating paleontology this month, along with sweet tales of family, unexpected friendships, and thrilling adventures in our own world and other worlds. Find our April picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Masters of Disguise by Marc Martin

Now you see them, now you don’t! Cloaked in a riot of colour, pattern and texture are a dozen animals…

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