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Dear Reader, May 2019

by Alison Huber

One of the perennial delights of working with new books is that there are always more new books (though it’s also a constant anxiety, since there are far too many to read, even in a thousand lifetimes), and we’re always furnished with advance copies well ahead of their release to the general public. As a consequence, I’m often reading something that won’t be available for several months when I wr…

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2019 ABIA Book Award winners

The winners of the annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced last night.

Among the winners was Kathy Kozlowski, who was awarded the Pixie O'Harris Award for her contribution to Australian children’s literature. Aside from being an all-around children’s literature rockstar, Kathy is a children’s specialist bookseller at our Readings Kids bookshop.

Below is a full list of win…

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What We’re Reading: Sales, Darke and Cheng

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. Fiona Hardy is reading Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

After selling piles of Leigh Sales' book on trauma, I was looking forward to reading Any Ordinary Day for my book club last week, even though it seemed obvious that a book about the very worst day of peopl…

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Favourite female protagonists

We thought we’d celebrate all the other wonderful women in our lives – fictional or not. Read on for some of our favourite female protagonists of recent releases, all set to inspire, amuse and move you. The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida

Between the world wars in the stunning yet harsh mountains of Northern Italy, Maria Vittoria struggles against all odds to keep her family sa…

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Come to Clunes 2019!

by Angela Crocombe

Stuck for weekend plans with the kids? Readings Kids shop manager Angela Crocombe recommends heading out to Clunes Booktown for its 2019 festival. Here she shares some of her most anticipated child-friendly events from the program. Read our full write-up of the main festival here.

It’s only a few days until the 2019 Clunes Booktown Festival starts, and I can’t wait to visit this beautiful heri…

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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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Books for mother-and-child read-alouds

Sharing a book together can be a wonderful thing to do for parents and children (or for the significant adults and kids in their lives). Here are some of our best recommendations across different age groups.

Recommended books to share with children ages 4–7

* For a playful interactive read, you can’t go past Beck and Matt Stanton’s anarchic (and accurately titled) picture book, The Book That

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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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Meet the bookseller with Fiona Hardy

Fiona Hardy is a woman of many talents: bookseller, Readings Monthly’s crime fiction columnist, co-host of the Readings podcast episodes Good Cop, Bad Cop and the soon-to-be published author of the eagerly anticipated middle-grade novel How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days, (available September). In what little spare time she has, she also blogs about children’s books at Fiona The Hardy. Here she …

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Vale Les Murray

Celebrated Australian poet Les Murray has passed away aged 80.

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Les Murray’s death late yesterday afternoon. Murray was a leading figure of Australian literature, and leaves behind a towering legacy of award-winning and widely acclaimed writing that made him one of this country’s most successful and renowned contemporary poets.

Our Managing Director Ma…

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