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Four home and style books to inspire you in June

by Chris Gordon

Gloriously Gluten Free: Sweet Treats, Cakes, Tarts and Desserts by Frederique Jules

Before you turn up your nose at this title, consider this: the authors are French and all of the truly scrumptious recipes come from their incredible Paris-based bakery, Noglu. Consequently, here are 80 easy, delicious, gluten-free recipes for sweet treats and celebration cakes. Get this book because you want t…

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A beginner’s guide to Jay Kristoff

by Zach Edge

I can thank almost all of my involvement in the book community to Australian author Jay Kristoff. The first novel of his I read was Nevernight, and I had never encountered a reading experience quite like it. It immediately became my favourite book, and still is to this day. Since then, I have aimed to read all of his works, having worked my way through everything except his original Lotus War tri…

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Readings stores win Puffin grants!

Penguin Random House Australia has announced that 55 bookshops across Australia will be getting a share of $100,000 to nurture young readers in their communities.

We are over the moon to be among the bookstores that received grants to nurture the young readers in our community!

Thank you to Penguin for such a generous initiative and thank you to all of you readers who continue to come to us a…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

In our second last meeting with this group of teens we discussed the shortlist for the Readings YA Prize. The teens talked about their favourite books from the shortlist and which title they think will win. We can’t reveal this information yet, but their opinions were very interesting.

We also had a visit from Tina Gumnior, a publicist for nearly twenty years at Penguin Books. Tina works specif…

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Mark’s Say: June 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Not that I take much notice of them, but company mergers have always seemed fraught; the merger of two of the greatest English language publishers, Random House and Penguin, in 2013 was one I did take a keen interest in. The process took many years and the Australian divisions of the two companies didn’t seem to be immune from some strife. When they merged they ended up with two publishing depart…

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Get your beginning readers off to a flying start with decodable books

by Alison Clarke

Practising speech pathologist and guest blogger Alison Clarke clues us in on the strategies that help children read and spell effectively, right from the start. Language is natural. Reading is not.

Reading aloud to children is a great way to help them develop their vocabularies and other language skills, learn about the real and imaginary worlds, and share and discuss ideas and emotions.


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Dear Reader, June 2019

by Alison Huber

When Tony Birch comes into the shop, I’m always keen to hear what he is reading. He reads extensively, widely, and thoughtfully, and that’s the way I believe his new novel, The White Girl, will be read too. This wonderfully crafted piece of writing is such an effective and affecting account of 1960s Australia because it has an historian’s eye for detail paired with the dramatic restraint of a bor…

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What We’re Reading: Birch, Eugenides

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. Mark Rubbo is reading The White Girl by Tony Birch

I’ve been reading The White Girl by Tony Birch. I love Tony’s work, and this is his best yet. Set in the sixties, an elderly Aboriginal woman fears that her pale-skinned granddaughter will be taken away from h…

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