Kids posts

What are some books to keep early readers reading?

by Emily Gale

Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks. – Dr. Seuss For lots of parents, there’s a stage when their children are learning to read that requires gritted teeth and plenty of enthusiasm, when we try our hardest not to say things like: ‘But we sounded out this word fifteen seconds ago!’ Once that stage is over, which varies hugely from child to child, you need a …

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Beautiful Friendships in Children’s Books

by Emily Gale

“Friendship,” said Christopher Robin, “is a very comforting thing to have.” - A.A. Milne If children’s books were your only guide to friendship, you’d be in very good hands. Here are five of our favourites. Claude and Sir Bobblysock (Alex T. Smith)

Many people have tried and failed to anthropomorphise objects and animals but this partnership of a dog and a sock really works. Claude is brig…

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We catch up with the authors shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize

by Emily Gale

2014 was a whirlwind year for the launch of the Readings Children’s Book Prize. Outgoing prize manager Emily Gale hails the beginning of the 2015 prize and catches up with what last year’s shortlisted authors did next.

Managing the first year of the Reading Children’s Book Prize has been the highlight of my time as a children’s buyer at Readings Carlton, concluding with the announcement in Jun…

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Street Art v. Book Art

by Kyle Hughes-Odgers

Kyle Hughes-Odgers is the illustrator of Meg McKinlay’s Ten Tiny Things and has just released his first solo picture book, On A Small Island. Kyle is also a street artist who gets commissioned to produce large-scale public artwork. We were interested to find out about the process for each. Here is Kyle’s response. Street art from Perth International Airport

I often get asked if it’s hard to…

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Children & young adult books highlights for September

A note before I begin… This month a sudden influx of brilliant, varied picture books meant that I felt compelled to write a separate blog post about them. If you’re a picture book lover, whatever age, you can find my write-up here.

Moving along now into books for independent readers… I’ve seen how incredibly loyal children are once a book captures their imagination, which explains the phenomenal…

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10 brilliant new picture books

by Emily Gale

Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. - Anthony Browne We couldn’t agree more. And although Readings' already has a list of collective favourites (see our 30 Essential Picture Books here) it’s always cause for celebration when some new notable picture books catch our eye. Here are 10 recent picture books we’d love to recommend to you, each one …

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The Father’s Day face-off

by Emily Gale

We put some of our favourite dad characters in the ring. Most Loveable Dad…

[he is] the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.
William (from Danny the Champion of the World)
vs.
…honest as the day is long, reliable, trustworthy and able.
Arthur Weasley (from the Harry Potter series)

Points to Arthur Weasley for his equal opportunities attitude to wizards, his gentle parenting …

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The Way We Work: Dave Hartley and Scott Prince

Drawing on their indigenous heritage, a rugby league star and a deputy principal have teamed up to write a children’s book series, Deadly D & Justice Jones. Dave Hartley tells us how it all came about.

Scott and I knew we had a story that would connect with young readers but we were becoming increasingly disheartened that we’d never find the right publisher. Fortunately, it’s not in our natures …

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Children & young adult books highlights for August

by Emily Gale

I’m passionate about picture books and this month there are several stand-outs. From Bob Graham, a story with plenty to say in a few carefully chosen words and his trademark style: Vanilla Ice Cream. The worlds of a tiny sparrow from India and a little girl in Australia collide in slow motion to show us the beauty of a big wide world and the joy of tiny connective moments within it.

Melbourne ar…

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The winners of the 2014 CBCA Awards

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced their Book of the Year Award winners for 2014! Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers.

Here is the full list of winners and honour books in each category:

Older Readers: Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Honour books:

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn Younger Readers: A Ve

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