Kids posts

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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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2019. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) Between Us by Clare Atkins Small Spaces by Sarah Epstein Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee Changing Gear by Scot Gardner …

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

A Grain of Hope by Nicola Philp & Aldy Aguirre All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Fing by David Walliams & Tony Ross Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Where’s Mrs Kangaroo by Ingela P Arrhenius Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo Elementals: Ic

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Fostering empathy in kids and teens

by Leanne Hall

We need empathy more than ever in our current world, and we think books are one of the best tools for understanding another person’s perspective. We highly recommend you read our original deep dive into children’s books that teach empathy for detailed recommendations based on age groups, but we’ve also taken a fresh look at some recent and favourite books that encourage empathy in babies, kids a…

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