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CBCA Book of the Year Awards Shortlists 2022

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2021. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category:

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The Boy from the Mish by Gary Lonesborough Girls in Boys' Cars by Felicity Castagna How to Repaint a Life by Steven Herrick Te

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Cooking with kids

by Angela Crocombe

The weather is getting cooler and it’s time for the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival. What better occasion to encourage kids to get in the kitchen and do some cooking? The rewards are bountiful (never mind the mess!). Here are some delightful stories that include recipes, as well as cookbooks that will inspire even the youngest budding chefs to get into the kitchen, have delicious, edible fun, a…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs drawn to queer retellings… Our Wives Under the Sea by Julia Armfield

Miri thinks she has got her wife back, when Leah finally returns after a deep sea mission that ended in catastrophe. It soon becomes clear, though, that Leah may have come back wrong. Whatever happened in that vessel, whatever it was they were supposed to be studying before they were stranded on the ocean floo…

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What we’re reading: Briggs, Caro & Clarke

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Mike Shuttleworth is reading Fungus the Bogeyman by Raymond Briggs

A recent episode of the Backlisted Podcast prompted me to dig into the shelves for a copy of Fungus the Bogeyman, the Raymond Briggs graphic novel of 1977. Briggs, a graduate …

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Eight Australian fiction titles to pick up this month

  Australiana by Yumna Kassab

This is Yumna Kassab’s second novel and, as the name suggests, it is a collection of stories and ideas from an assembly of characters that together represent a narrative of rural Australia. Like a kaleidoscope scanning the drought-stricken landscape of a small town, the stories come in interconnected fragments. Kassab uses both prose and poetry and often gives th…

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Top picks of the month for Kids and YA book clubs

March has delivered plenty of engaging new releases that would be excellent reads to provoke discussion among young people in book clubs! Below are our top picks for book clubs this month. For readers aged 5-9 What Snail Knows by Kathryn Apel

Lucy and Dad move a lot, so it’s hard to make friends. Luckily she has Snail to keep her company. But when she finds somewhere she wants to stay, …

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Our books of the month, March 2022


Reviewed by Alison Huber, head book buyer

Alice has landed back on home turf, and she’s certain the taxi from the airport is going in the wrong direction to get her into Fraser, the fictional Australian city that she’s returning to after 16 years of life lived overseas. She’s vaguely heard that things – buildings mainly – are literally …

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The 2022 ABIA longlists

The longlists for the 2022 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced! The ABIAs celebrate the best books of the year, as judged by Australian book industry members. Below are the longlisted titles from across the 12 ABIA categories. Biography Book of the Year Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota The Mother Wound by Amani Haydar Daring to Fly by Lisa Millar Turns Out, I’m Fi

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