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Our kids and YA staff round up their favourite releases this year (so far)

If you can believe it, we’re already staring down the barrel of the second half of 2019. With so many exciting new releases rapidly headed our way, we asked our wonderful kids and YA staff to reflect on the releases they’ve really enjoyed already this year. Read on for their recommendations.

Kim Gruschow from Readings St Kilda has loved:

I adored Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly, a book ab…

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This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop!

Love Your Bookshop Day is happening across Australia on Saturday 10 August. This day is all about celebrating and loving your local bookshops and to celebrate, we’re holding a very special and utterly madcap competition for primary-school aged kids.

This Love Your Bookshop Day, we want to see your dream bookshop drawings!

Why? Andy Griffths and Terry Denton are looking for inspiration for a s…

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Moon landing 50th anniversary

This Saturday 20 July marks 50 years since man first stepped on the Moon. Fifty years since ‘one small step for man’ – if you can believe it! In honour of this momentous anniversary, we’ve rounded up some of our favourite books on space exploration to keep you reaching for the stars. Apollo 11: The Inside Story by David Whitehouse

There’s no better time to take a deep dive into the inside …

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The Davitt Awards shortlist 2019

Sisters in Crime has announced a shortlist of 25 books for its 19th Davitt Awards for best crime books written by Australian women. The shortlist comprises of nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, five children’s novels, and six non-fiction books. A remarkable 11 of these books are debut crime novels and will be battling it out for the best debut crime book award. Here are the shortl…

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Readings staff pick their 2019 MIFF highlights

This year’s program for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is jam-packed. Stuck on what to see? Our staff share what they’re planning to see this year. Pro tip: looks like lots of people are keen to see Jim Jarmusch’s new flick, so get your tickets while they last! You can find the full program here. Joanna Di Mattia recommends foreign films and a healthy dose of romance

I’ve b…

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Sign up for our book clubs at Readings State Library

We are delighted to announce that bookings are now open for the next round of book clubs hosted at our State Library store. The State Library (SLV) book club was first launched at the beginning of this year and has been a great success.

Non-fiction book club

The Readings State Library Non-fiction Book Club meets on the first Wednesday of every month from 6pm–8pm. The first book club pick f…

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Our top picks for kids & teens at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

The program for the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) 2019 has been revealed, and there’s plenty of fabulous events for kids and teens. Browsing the amazing Family Day and YA Day programs is a great place to start, but here are our top recommendations for enjoying MWF with young people. FOR KIDS Maxine Beneba Clarke: Fashionista

Maxine Beneba Clarke’s latest picture book, Fashionista, enco…

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What We’re Reading: Sedgwick, Ziffer, Campbell and Morris

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.

Mike Shuttleworth is reading Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick and Alexis Deacon

I’m squeezing in Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, an illustrated novel for teenagers by brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwic…

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