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Kids books that celebrate a love of language

by Leanne Hall

Onomatopoeia, puns, homophones, word play, learning a new language - there are so many ways to explore, celebrate and foster a love of language using kids books. Here are some of our favourite books that feature playful use of language. Cats Say Nau & Dogs Say Bau by Philip Bunting

When an animal makes its call, we all hear exactly the same noise. But depending on the language you speak, a…

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A spotlight on Take the Shot by Susan White

Take the Shot is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Bug is keeping a lot of secrets. After he is diagnosed with a health condition called Marfan syndrome, he is advised to stay away from fast-paced sports and take it easy. So, what does he do? Start a mixed basketball team with some of his classmates at his new school and not tell any of his famil…

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What we’re reading: Young, Bearman & Donnelly

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. Nina Kenwood is reading Loner by Georgina Young (available August)

Loner is the winner of the 2019 Text Prize, and it sits right at the intersection of upper YA/adult fiction – it’s Daria meets Simmone Howell with a sprinkling of Sally Rooney…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who love literary trendsetters… A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu

Jena Lin plays the violin. She was once a child prodigy and now uses sex to fill the void left by fame. Her professional life comprises rehearsals, concerts, auditions and relentless practice; her personal life is spent managing the demands of her strict family and creative friends, and hooking up. …

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for July

by Leanne Hall

Lovers of heartfelt contemporary YA are spoilt for choice this month, but if you like action-packed sci-fi, verse novels or gentle touches of magic, then you’re also in luck. Find our July picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon

Twig is all alone after his dad goes missing, but when he meets cheerful pickpocket Flea, the pair become fast frie…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for July

by Leanne Hall

This month in children’s books we have real friends, imaginary friends, not-imaginary monsters, heartfelt family dramas and pint-sized pranking activists. Find our July picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin

Lissa is home on her own one afternoon when Reed turns up on the doorstep carrying an unwell five-month-old baby. He’s trying to fin…

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Alison Huber wins Bookseller of the Year 2020

Congratulations to Alison Huber, Readings' Book Division Manager, who has been awarded Bookseller of the Year by the Australian Booksellers Association (ABA).

Huber has worked at Readings for 17 years, and in 2015, took on the role of head book buyer for the bookshop. She has been a positive and ardent advocate for Australian literature over the years, with a particular emphasis on raising the p…

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Winners of the ABA Booksellers' Choice Book of the Year Awards 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 Australian Booksellers Association’s (ABA) Booksellers’ Choice Book of the Year Awards.

These awards recognise the titles that booksellers most enjoyed reading and hand-selling during 2019. This year, for the first time, the awards were presented in three categories: adult fiction, nonfiction and children’s.

The co-winners of the adult fiction cate…

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