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What we’re reading: Roxane Gay, Paula Fox & G.X. Todd

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. Lian Hingee is reading Defender by G.X. Todd

A couple of weeks ago I shared my winter reading stack online, and one my friends messaged me saying: “Move Defender onto your currently reading pile NOW'. Those capital letters are verbatim which is how I knew she …

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The best books to encourage beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

Learning to read is really hard work but it can be made easier – and even fun – with a really engaging book. Here are my best suggestions for simple stories that will entertain, delight and inspire beginner readers. SIMPLE READS FOR TRUE BEGINNERS – 15 WORDS PER PAGE OR LESS

For a funny and manageable read, you can’t go past the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems. These books use energe…

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What has changed in children’s books over the past 20 years?

Next Monday is the 20th anniversary of the publication of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone! To mark the occasion, we asked three of our staff members to reflect on what’s changed in children’s books over the past 20 years. Here are their responses.

‘Harry Potter came along at a time when the children’s section of the bookshop I worked at was populated almost exclusively with mass-produ…

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An interview with a teen reader

by Ewen Cusworth

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Today, Ewen Cusworth from Fitzroy High tells us about his favourite book covers, being a judge for the Inky Awards, and more. How would you describe your taste in books?

I enjoy reading mostly fiction so stuff like romance, fantasy, sci-fi – with the exception of books on…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a conversation about empathy and books… The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy’s second novel takes readers on an intimate journey across the Indian subcontinent – from the cramped neighbourhoods of Old Delhi and the glittering malls of the burgeoning new metropolis, to the snowy mountains and valleys of Kashmir. Braiding richly complex lives together, this ravish…

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2017

The winners of the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced, and we’re thrilled to see Melbourne author Zana Fraillon listed among the recipients!

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 …

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We’re looking for teenagers to join our Teen Advisory Board

Readings is looking for suitable candidates to join our new Teen Advisory Board. What is it?

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group that will meet once a month to chat about recent and forthcoming young adult books, write blog posts and short reviews, learn about careers in the book industry, provide feedback to Readings staff members on a range of subjects and have fun!

Who a…

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Athina Clarke wins the 2017 ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship

We’re so proud of Athina Clarke, our Malvern children’s and young adult book buyer, who has been named the recipient of the 2017 ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowship for Children’s Bookselling. Congratulations Athina!

Athina has worked at our Malvern shop for five years. She was also the children’s and young adult book buyer at our Port Melbourne shop from 2002 to 2008, and then worked at Penguin Book…

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