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We test out recipes from Beatrix Bakes

Today we tested out a selection of recipes from Beatrix Bakes, the first cookbook from Natalie Paull, owner and chef of Melbourne’s iconic Beatrix cafe and cake shop! And Natalie herself came in to select the best one. Below are the results… Bronte Coates made ‘Espresso Mashmallow’ (pg. 156):

I was recently (and very generously) gifted a stand mixer and so I wanted to pick a recipe where I …

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Books to help discuss the bushfire crisis with children

At our recent Wildlife Victoria fundraiser event, Readings children’s book specialist Angela Crocombe, chatted to Professor Harriet Hiscock, Director of Health Service Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital, about how to use stories to talk to kids about this summer’s bushfires. Here, are some of our best recommendations for books can help start conversations about this topic.

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The CBCA notable books of 2020

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Notable Books for 2020. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers!

The CBCA Awards were first presented in 1946 and are the longest-running book awards in Australia.

CBCA National Chair Professor Margot Hillel OAM says the 2020 Notables List was drawn from 517 entries and is ‘arguably the most diverse award …

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A spotlight on The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods

The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this enchanting story.

‘Matilda Woods has crafted an enchanting fairytale about finding family and friendship in unlikely places. Reminiscent of a classic folktale, The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator feels as if it has a…

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Staff raves for Dervla McTiernan’s new crime novel

Dervla McTiernan is one of our favourite crime novelists, enchanting us with her debut The Ruin and continuing the magic with The Scholar. McTiernan’s third novel, The Good Turn, is her most complex yet, and our booksellers are raving about it.

‘Dervla McTiernan is three books into what I’m hoping will be a very, very long career because her books have been consistently excellent examples of …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shirl by Wayne Marshall Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Fire Country by Victor Steffensen The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Actress by Anne Enright Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity by Ross Garnaut The Weekend by Charlotte Wood The Medicine by Karen Hitchcock

It’s great to see a few exciting new entries int…

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals longlists 2020

The longlists for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Here are the longlisted books for the …

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What we’re reading: Anappara, Savage & Rowling

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. Bronte Coates is reading Blueberries by Ellena Savage (available March)

Back in 2017, I wrote about how much I loved Ellena Savage’s writing in a blog post rounding up some of the best non-fiction writing Readings staff had read by Australian …

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The Readings Teen Advistory Boards talks queer representation in YA books

This month, the Readings Teen Advisory Board met with author Alison Evans, who shared their writing process, and discussed queer representation in YA books more generally. Below are some of their thoughts on this topic, as well as a round-up of recommendations for Euphoria Kids, the new book from Evans.

What are your thoughts on queer representation in YA literature?

‘I think it’s important t…

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