Kids posts

The CBCA notable books of 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Notable Books for 2019. 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.

(This year the judges received 488 books for consideration and have enjoyed a range of themes, characters and stories across the five categori…

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Board books with female characters to tackle gender bias

by Jackie Tang

I once had a customer walk into the shop with a very reasonable request: board books featuring human girls or women – no female animals, please, she had plenty of those – for a family with a baby girl. This customer wanted that girl to start her life surrounded by stories about all different kinds of women – to inspire her, to spark her imagination and to normalise the idea early on that women sh…

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2019

by Freya Howarth

We’re very excited to reveal this year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize.

This prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. This year’s six shortlisted titles will appeal to a wide range of ages, and features thrilling exploits, as well as quiet stories that sensitively tackle themes of mental health, bullying, family dynamics, growing up, and facing…

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals longlists 2019

The longlists for the 2019 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by UK children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by UK children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Here are the longlisted books fo…

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Picture books about love

by Leanne Hall

What do you love most? Is it your family and friends? Or is it your new shoes? Or a sport, or a stranger who needs your help, or books or yourself! We recommend our favourite picture books about that big emotion: LOVE. Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys

We all need a love umbrella sometimes. When life doesn’t turn out the way we want it to (when you’re left out of a ga…

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Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2019

Here is a round-up previewing some of the most exciting local releases for the first half of 2019! FICTION A Season on Earth by Gerald Murnane (February) Small Blessings by Emily Brewin (February) The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion (February) The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll (February) Zebra: And Other Stories by Debra Adelaide (February)

After the Party by Cassie Hamer (February)


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Kids books, events & news for February

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a wonderfully wide range of great reads for kids – a beautifully designed paper-cut board book, a coterie of award winners and kids fiction that puts climate change and the environment front and centre. Find our February picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Follow the daily and seasonal ebb and flow of activity around a lig…

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Story time at Readings in 2019

Readings is pleased to offer a free weekly half-hour children’s story time at our Kids, Doncaster, and Malvern stores.

Here are the details of the story time sessions at each store:

Readings Kids
315 Lygon Street, Carlton
10am - 10.30am, Fridays

Readings Doncaster
Ground level, Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
10am - 10.30am, Fridays

Readings Malvern
185 Glenferrie Road, Ma…

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The most anticipated children’s books of 2019

by Leanne Hall

There’s nothing more exciting than looking forward to a year of cramming more kids books on our shelves! Here’s what we’re keen to get our hands on in 2019.

Picture books

There are some very enticing picture books being published this year, by beloved and familiar creators, all the way through to fresh newcomers.

Australian author Jane Godwin (Go Go and the Silver Shoes) has a unique ey…

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