Young Adult posts

Ten YA award-winners to add to your reading pile

by Leanne Hall

When you’re in the mood for an inspiring and thought-provoking YA book, sometimes there’s no better bet than looking at a few awards lists to decide what to read next. Here are some highly recommended award-winners to sink your teeth into.

Darius the Great Is Not Okay by Adib Khorram

Adib Khorram’s first novel took out the William C. Morris Award – awarded by the Young Adult Library Servi…

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Recommended YA books for May

by Leanne Hall

This month we’re pumped about Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s newest heart-pumping sci-fi, a thoughtful look at an Indigenous student facing a challenging situation, heartfelt Aussie contemporary YA, a swashbuckling historical tale and a new graphic novel from Readings favourite Mariko Tamaki. Find our May picks for kids' books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Aurora Rising (The Aurora Cycle 1

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The YABBA shortlists 2019

The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books. Their goal is to have children recommend, read, rate and reward their favourite Australian books.

During Term 1 each year, Victorian children are asked to recommend their favourite Australian books by nominating four Australian titles. All nomi…

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Applications are open for our Teen Advisory Board

Readings is looking for teenage readers to join our Teen Advisory Board for 2019–2020.

Applications are now open for the 2019–2020 Readings Teen Advisory Board!

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group of teenagers that meets at the Readings head office once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in …

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Jackie Tang

This month we were fortunate to be visited by Bec Kavanagh; writer, reviewer, young adult fiction specialist at Readings Kids and former schools manager with the Stella Prize.

As befitting her diverse range of capabilities, Bec shared with the Teen Advisory Board members her remarkable career. She touched on starting the A Thousand Words festival in 2009, which celebrated and encouraged the read…

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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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YA books, events & news for April

This month we’re excited about a wonderful guide for resilient teens, surreal and quirky stories, hard-hitting contemporary fiction and a cross-cultural coming-of-age story. Find our April picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Good Selfie: Tips & Tools for Teens to Nail Life by Turia Pitt & Freda Chiu

Motivational speaker, athlete and burns survivor Turia Pitt has written a gu…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from Lisa Riley, children’s publisher at Penguin Random House. Lisa is a very passionate bookworm who works on a diverse array of books, from board books for the youngest babies through to fiction and non-fiction for young adults, like our Teen Advisory Board members. She told our members all about the variety of her job: from checking the finest details of a manuscript,…

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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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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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