Kids posts

Win a prize-pack of the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist

Win a prize-pack of all eight books in the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 shortlist!

Calling all kids who love books!

In celebration of our inaugural shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize, we’re giving away a prize-pack of our entire shortlist to one lucky winner. To enter our competition simply tell us why you love to read. Do you like to make new friends in the pages? Do you l…

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Meet Eliza Boom, junior spy and inventor extraordinaire

We chat with Eliza Boom about where she gets ideas for her experiments, her favourite books and her best friend Einstein.

I imagine that being a junior spy / inventor extraordinaire equals quite a busy life! Can you describe to us a regular day for you?

I know it’s time for me to get up when I hear Einstein’s tummy rumbling. I mean my dog, by the way, not the famous scientist. After I’ve fed …

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014 Shortlist

We’re thrilled to announce our inaugural shortlist for The Readings Children’s Book Prize! See the eight shortlisted titles below. The winner will be announced in the July issue of the Readings Monthly. You can visit our Children’s Book Prize blog for lots more information, including videos and details on how kids can become junior reviewers! Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior by P.J. Tie…

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New release highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

There are now a few good sibling-issues picture books that tell it like it is, or can be when a new baby is brought home (The Swap, Bye-Bye Baby Brother, Stupid Baby) but none of them quite capture the true potential of outraged violence v. unconditional love that Aaron Blabey’s The Brothers Quibble does. Brilliantly confronting, the rhyme is perfect, it’s funny and Blabey’s trademark illustratio…

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On the problem of gender-specific books

by Emily Gale

Children’s & YA Specialist Emily Gale muses on the difficulties and debates surrounding gender-specific books, and asks just who is the villain here?

British newspaper, The Independent, recently published a fiery article decrying children books that are gender-specific in which literary editor Katy Guest wrote, “Gender-specific books demean all our children. So The Independent on Sunday will n…

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The story of my book: The Firebird Mystery

by Darrell Pitt

My first love is writing, but my second love is procrastination. Writing The Firebird Mystery went something like this:

Write for ten minutes.
Go to the refrigerator and stare inside as if searching for the Lost Ark of the Covenant.
Write for five minutes.
Peer out the window, wonder why the neighbour’s garbage bins have not been collected after three days and gnash my teeth.
Write for seven mi…

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February highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

For those of you who live and breathe books and consider many of them to be close personal friends, my first pick for February is going to make your hearts sing: A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt (and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins). Written from a child’s perspective - essentially, everything you could say about books in the simplest and most charming way - this title is very much something for …

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A reading list for an ideal child (and one for the real deal)

by Emily Gale

Parents start out with certain ideals: I will never use bribes, I will never raise my voice, I will never use the television as a babysitter…

So, just for fun, here’s a list of gorgeous children’s books for the new, discerning parent, and another list of equally brilliant books that give a slightly more realistic picture of life with kids. As a professional in the field, I recommend a healthy do…

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Teaching my son to read

by Emily Gale

There’s a general perception that young boys today don’t enjoy reading as much as girls; that they find it more difficult to learn and are therefore reluctant to do it for fun. This turned out to be true in my house. I went from being the smug parent of a ‘natural’ reader (a girl) to the tortured parent of a boy who’d rather play with his pet rock than read a book. It took me a while to believe t…

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The Best Picture Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best picture books from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr Tiger is living the civilised life but he is yearning to walk on the wild side! He heads back to nature but he misses his friends and they miss him. On his return, Mr Tiger finds they have succumbed to a litt…

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