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What Will I Read Next? Our Spring Booklist

Spring has now officially sprung, and with the change in season comes a desire to read something new and different. Our new reading list is inspired by all things reminiscent of Spring – warmth, flowers, and sunshine – and is bound to make you want to slow down and smell the roses. Or, put your feet up and […]

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Books to Connect Us: Reading for Mental Health

Last Thursday was R U OK? Day, an initiative that strives for a world where we’re all connected and protected from suicide. It’s a brilliant and much-needed initiative, and one that emphasises the importance of mental health awareness – and the importance of talking about our thoughts, feelings, and struggles. People have been writing about […]

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5 Enthralling Extracts for Australian Reading Hour

Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent – Read an extract The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the […]

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Sure Fire Hits: September Releases Your Child Won’t Put Down

Now that Children’s Book Week has reignited all that book love in your children, make sure you get something in their hands that will keep the momentum going. There is so much to choose from this month: see new additions to popular series WeirDo and Dog Man, books that will get them thinking from Jackie French […]

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Princesses Who Rule: 12 Picture Books Featuring Awesome, Independent, Princesses

Plucky heroines are by no means new to picture books, but that doesn’t mean we don’t love a story featuring a princess who is independent, cunning and whip-smart! If you have a small person in your house who is requesting nothing but princesses here are some titles Better Reading loves, showing them that princesses are […]

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Our Love Affair With Rural Crime: Father’s Day Reading List

Rural crime fiction is all the rage at the moment, with small-town, country crime novels becoming just as (if not more) popular than thrillers set in the grime and grit of the city. But why are writers and readers alike so drawn to these outback settings? What makes rural crime fiction so enticing? Setting is […]

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Cuddle Time: 6 Fun Books to Read with Dad (or Grandad) on Father’s Day

Dad by My Side by Soosh Whether they’re playing make-believe, making you smile, or scaring off monsters under the bed, dads are always there when you need them. Debut picture book artist Soosh celebrates fathers with a gorgeously illustrated and moving story about the parent-child bond. When Soosh first posted her initial series of images […]

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Picture Book Heaven: Six New Picture Books this Month

A Day at the Show by Gwyn Perkins Doreen the hen has laid another perfect egg! Little Iggy and Grandad think she deserves a prize.What follows is a family trip to the colourful chaos of the Show, filled with spinning tea cups, merry-go-rounds, lots of animals and some healthy competition.Here is a story about family adventures, […]

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Giggles Guaranteed: Five books that will make you laugh out loud

Winter is still here, and we are all looking for ways to stay warm until the sun comes out to play again. Reading with a warm cup of tea is a great way to combat the cold – but it’s not the only way to heat up! We’ve made a list of five books that […]

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