Kids posts

Children’s books that teach resilience

by Bronte Coates

Resilience has become a bit of a buzzword in 2018. With so many big, challenging events happening on a local and global stage, it’s becoming increasingly important to learn how to adapt to unexpected changes and bounce back from difficult experiences. Teaching young people to build their own resilience will prepare them to more easily navigate their changing environments as they grow and develop.…

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Kids & YA books to read during Mental Health Week

by Leanne Hall

In recognition of Mental Health Week (7-13 October) and World Mental Health Day (10 October), we recommend six books for kids and teens that explore aspects of mental health. We’ve also gathered together a broad range of books exploring mental health in our collections below this post. Mr Huff by Anna Walker

Bill is having a bad day, the kind where everything seems to go wrong, and somethi…

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October kids books, events & news

by Leanne Hall

This month we’re happy to see a really broad range of kids books including a magical adventure set within the pages of beloved kids classics, a surreal masterpiece by the amazing Shaun Tan, and a moving graphic novel about the Syrian refugee crisis. Find our October picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Everything I’ve Never Said by Samantha Wheeler

Eleven-year-old Ava has Ret…

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

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan The Bad Guys Episode 8: Superbad by Aaron Blabey What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra Flying Ninja! (Ninja Kid Book 2) by Anh Do & Jeremy Ley Lord of the Fleas (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 5) by Dav Pilkey Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks & Quinton Winter Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo To

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12 terrific picture books from July to September

by Bronte Coates

Picture book lover Bronte Coates shares 12 of her the best new picture books from the past three months. You can find more of her favourites from 2018 here and here. Cicada by Shaun Tan

Cicada is another masterful work from Shaun Tan – a stunningly illustrated story of transformation. Tan imagines the eponymous cicada as an unappreciated, abused office worker. There are echoes of the refuge…

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Kids books to read on International Peace Day

by Leanne Hall

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September, and this year the focus is on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here are some books you can share with children to explore ideas around rights, freedom, activism and small ways to be peaceful in everyday life. You can find even more recommendations of books to read on Internati

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