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Read an extract from Growing Up African in Australia

by Sara El Sayed

Compiled by award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke, with curatorial assistance from writers Ahmed Yussuf and Magan Magan, Growing Up African in Australia is a compelling and evocative new anthology that brings together the diverse personal stories of more than 30 Australians of the African diaspora. ‘African Mama’ by Sara El Sayed is one such memorable story.

‘We always want what we don’t h…

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Recommended books about cons, frauds and hoaxes

Liars, fraudsters, scammers and con artists… From Belle Gibson to Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes, these stories about pathological liars are riveting for the sheer audacity of their deceptions, and sobering in the number of lives their actions affected. Below, we round up some of the most engrossing fiction and non-fiction about con artists and their cons. NON-FICTION Bad Blood: Secrets and L

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Literary fiction that will make you laugh

Whether it’s razor-sharp satire or effortlessly charming comedy of manners, these works of fiction mix levity and literary in equal measure, and will tease out a few smiles and chuckles or have you doubled over with full-on belly laughs. Less by Andrew Sean Greer

When Andrew Sean Greer’s novel about an almost-50 failed novelist’s travels across the globe won the Pulitzer last year, it had c…

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A spotlight on Real Pigeons Fight Crime

Real Pigeons Fight Crime is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this madcap mystery with feathered friends.

‘Real Pigeons Fight Crime introduces a dynamic crime-fighting team: Grandpouter is the patriarch in charge of superstrong Frillback, extra-bendy Tumbler, navigational expert Homey and the newest recrui…

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

A Grain of Hope by Nicola Philp & Aldy Aguirre All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Fing by David Walliams & Tony Ross Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Where’s Mrs Kangaroo by Ingela P Arrhenius Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo Elementals: Ic

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What we’re reading: Jenkins Reid, Choo, Davis-Goff and Guillaume

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid

This novel follows the rise and fall of a legendary rock band from the 1970s, The Six, whose journey to fame took off when they were joined by singer and ‘it girl’ Daisy Jones. The book is …

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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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