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Ask a Bookseller: What are the best read-aloud chapter books for kids?

by Kathy Kozlowski

** This week one of our children’s specialists, Kathy Kozlowski, tackles bedtime stories for school-age children.**

‘My child is ready for a chapter book at bedtime, a story we can look forward to reading together each night. Any suggestions?’

What a great time you are entering for both parent and child! Here are a few among the many gems we could suggest:

Enid Blyton’s Magic Farawa

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Queensland Literary Awards 2012 Shortlists Announced

by Andrew McDonald

The shortlists of the Queensland Literary Awards have been announced.

Following on from a successful crowd-funding campaign, the Queensland Literary Awards are up and running and the shortlists are out. The eventual winners will be announced on September 4.

Congratulations not only to all the shortlisted authors and publishers - but also to everyone who has made the awards possible this ye…

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Q&A with Terence Davies, director of The Deep Blue Sea

by Gerard Elson

Our film specialist Gerard Elson chats with iconic director, Terence Davies.

Terence Davies’s The Deep Blue Sea – just his seventh feature film in 27 years – is an adaptation of Terrence Rattigan’s same-titled play from 1952, previously brought to the screen in 1955 by director Anatole Litvak. In it, Hester Collyer (Rachel Weisz), the wife of a loving yet passionless magistrate (Simon Russe…

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Hand-Made Tibetan Dolls at Readings Carlton

by Emily Gale

At our store in Carlton you can now find a selection of hand-made dolls that have very special significance.

In Dharamsala, northern India, a small group of Tibetan refugees have employment thanks to the work of a German artist with a passionate interest in the Tibetan community. Mona Bruchmann established the workshop in order to provide jobs that were flexible, secure and rewarding for wo…

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Winners of the 2012 CBCA Book of the Year awards announced

by Andrew McDonald

Congratulations to the winners of the CBCA’s Book of the Year awards, recognising the best in Australian children’s literature.

To kick off Book Week, which hits schools and libraries across Australia in the coming week, the Children’s Book Council of Australia has announced its Book of the Year winners - the most prestigious awards for children’s literature in the country.

Congratulations to…

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Answer The Call: Triple R Radiothon starts today!

by Andrew McDonald

Our friends at Melbourne community radio station Triple R 102.7FM launch their annual radiothon today.

The theme of this year’s radiothon is ‘Answer The Call’ - a jungle-themed appeal with a punny slogan indeed.

As per usual Readings is proud to support the radiothon, contributing a $2000 Readings gift card as one of the major prizes that all radiothon subscribers go in the running to w…

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The best picture books have animals as doctors

by Leanne Hall

The best sort of picture book is one that features animals being doctors, and I’ll brook no arguments about this.

An oldie but a goodie is Dr Dog (Babette Cole), which kids love, and which some parents find intolerable due the level of scatological attention.

The disgusting Gumboyles call on Dr Dog, a Bassett hound, when the entire family falls ill. Dr Dog hotfoots back from a medical conferen…

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Q&A with Belinda Castles, author of Hannah & Emil

by Jessica Au

Belinda Castles chats with Jessica Au about her novel, Hannah & Emil.

Tell us about writing*Hannah & Emil* – where did the idea start for you?

Hannah and Emil is based on the lives of my grandparents. As a child I knew bits and pieces about their lives but there were two secrets that emerged when my German grandfather died. One was that my grandmother was Jewish, and so then were her sons,…

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Rereading childhood favourites with the new Vintage Classics

by Bronte Coates

The new collection of Vintage Children’s Classics from Random House is a perfect excuse to return to a book you once loved.

Last year Patricia Meyer Spacks released, On Rereading, a fascinating exploration of the motivations behind, and the enjoyments and disappointments found in reading books more than once.

Of childhood titles she wrote: ‘The sense of having it both ways, of preserving t…

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Roadtasting: Simon Bryant’s Vegies

by Chris Gordon

Our resident foodie Chris Gordon takes Simon Bryant’s Vegies for a road test in her own kitchen.

Firstly could I commend the designers for the front cover of this wonderful collection of recipes by Bryant. What is there not to love about a man holding spring onions and a lettuce wearing a very cheeky smile? It certainly got my attention. That image and the title - Vegies. No beating around …

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