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The best books to read aloud to kids

by Leanne Hall

Reading aloud to kids is one of life’s great pleasures. It’s a chance to dust off your best character voices and share opinions, reactions and the sheer enjoyment of following a story together. Here are our favourite read-alouds for wee babies to bigger kids, from newer books to tried-and-tested classics. READING TO BABIES Mopoke by Philip Bunting

This deceptively simple book is enormous…

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The CBCA notable books of 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Notable Books for 2019. 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.

(This year the judges received 488 books for consideration and have enjoyed a range of themes, characters and stories across the five categori…

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Meet the bookseller with Amanda Rayner

Amanda Rayner is a bookseller and returns officer at our Carlton bookshop. Here, she shares what books are on her TBR pile, her most formative read and which fictional world she’d choose to be trapped in. What is your favourite part of your job?

I love working in an industry where your knowledge expands every day, but there is always more to learn. I’ve met some of my closest friends while wo…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion Accidental Feminists by Jane Caro Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan The Friend by Sigrid Nunez Normal People by Sally Rooney Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley

Dervla …

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What we’re reading: Nunez, Marchetta and parenting books

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Friend by Sigrid Nunez

Sigrid Nunez won the National Book Award for fiction last year for this story about a woman whose friend commits suicide and leaves her to care for his ageing harlequin Great Dane. The book is written al…

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Six new graphic novels and comics to pick up

When One Person Dies the Whole World is Over by Mandy Ord

This year-long daily ‘diary comic’ follows Melbourne artist Mandy Ord through a year in her life, casting a magnifying glass on Ord’s quotidian thoughts and experiences and the people that surround her. Ord’s bold brush-work comics have a vivid, pulsing emotion to them, and are the perfect medium to convey her explorations of ageing, lo…

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist 2019

by Freya Howarth

We’re very excited to reveal this year’s shortlist for the Readings Children’s Book Prize.

This prize celebrates exciting new voices in Australian children’s literature. This year’s six shortlisted titles will appeal to a wide range of ages, and features thrilling exploits, as well as quiet stories that sensitively tackle themes of mental health, bullying, family dynamics, growing up, and facing…

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Board books with female characters to tackle gender bias

by Jackie Tang

I once had a customer walk into the shop with a very reasonable request: board books featuring human girls or women – no female animals, please, she had plenty of those – for a family with a baby girl. This customer wanted that girl to start her life surrounded by stories about all different kinds of women – to inspire her, to spark her imagination and to normalise the idea early on that women sh…

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Books about activism for teens

by Leanne Hall

In a world where teens walk out of schools to protest climate change and lead the call for gun reform, it’s not surprising that there’s a thread of activism running through many recent fiction and non-fiction titles for teens. Here are some of our favourite books for politically engaged teens. Watch Us Rise by Renee Watson & Ellen Hagan

Best friends Jasmine and Chelsea attend a progressive …

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