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Pride in children’s books

by Leanne Hall

Let’s celebrate kids books that encourage self-expression, modern families, legends past and present, girl gangs and great big weddings!

Who’s Your Real Mum? by Bernadette Green & Anna Zobel

Elvi has two mums, and they’re both her real mum. But when her playmate Nicholas still needs to know more, Elvi’s imagination runs wild. Her real mum is a circus performer, and a pirate, and she even t…

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The Environment Award for Children’s Literature shortlist 2020

The Wilderness Society has announced the shortlist for the 2020 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 One Tree by Christo…

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An update about the Readings Monthly in 2020

Since its early days, Readings has published the Readings Monthly – our free, independent newspaper. Featuring books, albums, DVDs, events, reviews, news, interviews, author features, and more, this newsletter has grown over many years into a full-colour, 24-page monthly publication. Produced by a small but passionate editorial and design team, the Readings Monthly brings together contributions f…

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Non-fiction books to expand your mind in May

May has been a bumper month for non-fiction readers. Here are 10 brilliant new books to help you learn something new about the world around you. Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell

In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined people are getting ready. They are environmentalists who fear th…

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ALS Gold Medal 2020 shortlist

The Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work published in the preceding year.

Here are the shortlisted books for 2020:

Element by Jordie Albiston

Nganajungu Yagu by Charmaine Papertalk Green

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Congratulations to all the authors on the s…

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Recommended reads from non-binary authors

With Pride Month fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite recent reads from non-binary authors. These books range from poetry to fantasy, from memoir to literary fiction.

For a moving, lyrical read… Throat by Ellen van Neerven

This is the second poetry collection from Mununjali Yugambeh writer Ellen van Neerven. Exploring love, language and land, van Neerven flexes…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Normal People by Sally Rooney The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Preserving the Italian Way by Pietro Demaio See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

There are plenty of famili…

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

Bluey: The Creek Bluey: The Beach Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys, Episode 11) by Aaron Blabey The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Bluey: Big Backyard Bin Chicken by Kate Temple & Ronojoy Ghosh As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey

Are youn…

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A book-giving program

Here at Readings, we receive numerous books from publishers for reviewing and marketing purposes. These books are normally proofs – early editions of a book that have not yet been proofread and may contain errors. They are printed so that booksellers and media may read the book ahead of time, and they usually don’t feature the book’s final cover, and sometimes more editorial changes will be made …

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who want to lean into our current situation… The End of October by Lawrence Wright

At an internment camp in Indonesia, 47 people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. Henry Parsons – microbiologist, epidemiologist – travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, and what he finds will have repercussions across the globe: an infected man is…

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