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Eight books to read aloud with preschoolers

Kinder- and prep-aged children are often ready for longer story times, as long as you have the right book on hand. Lengthy picture books, highly illustrated chapter books and simple treasuries are perfect for this phase. Here are eight of our best picks for read alouds with ages 3-7. Wild Honey from the Moon by Kenneth Kraegel

On a cold winter’s eve, deep in the woods, a mother shrew frets …

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A glimpse behind-the-scenes at Readings this Christmas

Drop by Readings this weekend to pick up all of your last-minute Christmas shopping needs. Our shops are open all the way up to Christmas Eve, and you can find their opening hours and contact information here. You’ll also find plenty of gift-giving suggestions here and don’t forget that we offer gift vouchers for use in-store and online.

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Fiction to make you engage (not escape)

Plenty of people use books as a way to escape from the world and so seek out stories that transport them to other places. But for others, books are a way to be more present in the world – to engage with and reflect on what’s happening around them. Here are eight books for those readers. Supper Club by Lara Williams

Supper Club is a secret society for hungry women. Women who are sick of bad …

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14 sci-fi & fantasy reads to pack for the beach

There’s nothing quite like listening to the waves, shielding your eyes from the sun, and imagining yourself to be on a distant planet or in a far-flung kingdom. Here are our summer picks for sci-fi and fantasy fans.

Dead Astronauts by Jeff VanderMeer

Under the watchful eye of The Company, three characters – Grayson, Morse and Chen – shapeshifters, amorphous, part human, part extensions of …

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Exciting YA books to look out for in 2020

The annual YA Showcase at State Library Victoria is a must-attend event, as a host of publishers give a tantalising peek at what’s being published for teen readers in the following year. Here are some of the biggest and buzziest books from last night’s 2020 YA Showcase (and also a few other upcoming titles we’re excited about). Contemporary & coming-of-age Break the Fall by Jennifer Iacop…

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What we’re reading: Atwood, Hamilton & Daley

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. Megan Wood is reading Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

Good Bones is a fantastic collection of short narratives, speculative fiction, retellings and musings that are classic Margaret Atwood. 27 separate works fill this 153 page book, but each del…

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Books that made us want to be better people in 2019

Our staff share the books that made them want to be better people this year.

“Christos Tsiolkas said in his launch speech that he started writing Damascus because he wanted to understand his mother’s relationship to St Paul, and through that bond increase his understanding of his own mother. What he found as he travelled back in time and imagined the life of this great prophet is that the lear…

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Books that kept us on the edge of our seat in 2019

Our staff share the books that kept them on the edge of their seats this year.

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson. I was late to the party on this gripping classic, but literally could not put it down. I read it in one sitting, without moving and found the tension near unbearable, in a completely delicious way. I was genuinely sad to finish it, but also incredibly relieved…

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