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The winners of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Book of the Year Awards winners for 2019. These Awards celebrate the best Australian books for readers in early childhood up to young adult readers.

Here are the winners for each category.

Older Readers Between Us by Clare Atkins

Jono is depressed, missing his absent mother and sister, and struggling in his relationship …

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What We’re Reading: Nussbaum, Hadley and Lindelauf

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum has long been a writer I admire so I was very excited to get stuck into her new book, I Like to Watch. This work brings together a collection of…

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What’s Declan from St Kilda listening to?

The world is populated by so much good music and so many talented musicians – if you’re trying to broaden your tastes, it can be impossible to know where to start. Luckily, we have a team of very knowledgeable and very insightful music buyers who can help you out. We had a chat with Declan Murphy, the music buyer at our St Kilda store, to see what artists he’s been enjoying lately. Read on for h…

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Novels to help you plan your trip to Area 51

by Chenuli Halgamuge

Are you a budding sci-fi fan, alien enthusiast or Indiana Jones in the making? Read on for top tips and survival guides for all things Area 51 from one of our newest Teen Advisory Board members, Chenuli Halgamuge.

Area 51 draws the likes of both travellers and locals who enjoy taking a photo behind a sign that explicitly says ‘do not enter, no trespassing beyond this point, photography prohibi…

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August books in translation by women

August is Women in Translation month! Read on for some of our favourite recent and upcoming releases celebrating the power of women’s voices all over the world. Bright by Duanwad Pimwana

Thai writer Duanwad Pimwana has created a novel of urban and at times, gritty vignettes, balanced with a folktale-like feel and a charmingly wry sense of humour. When five-year-old Kampol is told by his fa…

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Teen classics paired with their contemporary YA soulmates

by Leanne Hall

Inspired by Paperback Crush: The Totally Radical History of ‘80s and ‘90s Teen Fiction, I’ve been reflecting on my own favourite teen reads. Here’s my best attempt at pairing some of these retro delights with their contemporary YA fiction counterparts. Read the teen classic! (In some cases, find it at the op shop.) Read the new book! Or best of all, read both!

If you loved the Sweet Valley

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Books about dads and father figures for Father’s Day

Father’s Day is just around the corner – Sunday 1 September – and we’re here to help. We’ve got plenty of recommendations for gift ideas to get you started, and we’re also compiling a list of our favourite fiction and non-fiction books about dads for you below. See our full range of Father’s Day collections here and don’t forget to place your online order before Thursday 22 August to make sure y…

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The Environment Award for Children’s Literature shortlist 2019

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Environment Award for Children’s Literature.

This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the shortlisted books for each category…

Picture fiction More and More and M

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Books on art history

How is your art history knowledge? Need a refresher course? See below for some of our recent recommendations. This is Not Just a Painting by Bernard Lahire

How do we decide which paintings are valuable? In Bernard Lahire’s This is Not Just a Painting, he takes a deep dive into the history of one such painting – The Flight into Egypt. Thought to be painted in 1657, the painting had been lost…

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