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Tales from the School Yard: Better Reading Kids Top 50

Apart from the family home, there is no place more familiar to children than school. Whether it’s navigating the politics of the playground, figuring out how best to go unnoticed by school bullies, or wondering what your teacher this year will be like – books set in schools have an eternal appeal. Setting books in […]

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The 10 Best Stories About Women You’ll Ever Read

Words || Meg Mason  Candy-pink covers, a silhouette of a woman in heels pushing a stroller and the cover line some variation of “She had the perfect life. Now, all she needed was the perfect man.” I suppose there really is such a thing as Chick Lit – and sometimes it’s the only thing you […]

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10 Kitchen Bibles

Ten of the Best Every kitchen has a holy cookbook, the all-time favourite that is spattered and worn, our best ally through a lifetime of cooking everything from family meals and classics, to dinner parties. Here are some of the great kitchen bibles that have made their mark: The Cook’s Companion by Stephanie Alexander  Turning […]

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The Aurelius Shortlist Has Been Announced!

The Aurealis Awards are presented annually by the Australia-based Chimaera Publications and WASFF to published works in order to “recognise the achievements of Australian science fiction, fantasy, horror writers”. There are many categories, including the two categories for younger readers below: CHILDREN’S BOOKS How to Bee, Bren MacDibble (Allen & Unwin) The Extremely Inconvenient Adventures of […]

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Haunted Families: Penni Russon’s Favourite Ghost Stories

WORDS||Penni Russon Why I wrote The Endsister Making this list makes me realise The Endsister shares many themes with these novels. The ghosts in The Endsister represent unresolved histories and the stories that loop through time and involve themselves with the living. The ghosts also represent the idea that being part of a family, especially […]

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Love Makes the World Go Round: Better Reading Top 100

Every year, as the votes come in from book lovers across the country, it’s fascinating to see what genres people are devouring. Crime, thrillers, classics – readers love them all. But one genre that really dominates the charts is romance, and who doesn’t love a good mushy read? Of course, McCullough’s The Thorn Birds and Outlander by Diana Gabaldon […]

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Congratulations to the Winners of the 2018 Newbery, Caldecott and Printz Medals!

The American Library Association (ALA) today announced the top books, video and audiobooks for children and young adults—including the Caldecott, Coretta Scott King, Newbery and Printz awards—at its Midwinter Meeting in Denver, Colorado. These book prizes are amongst the most prestigious awards in the international children’s literature world and some of Better Reading favourite children’s […]

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A Place of Wonder: 20 Picture Books that Celebrate the Magic of Libraries

“Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.” – Neil Gaiman At Better Reading, we love and value our libraries – […]

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A Place of Wonder: 20 Picture Books that Celebrate the Magic of Libraries

“Libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication. They are about education (which is not a process that finishes the day we leave school or university), about entertainment, about making safe spaces, and about access to information.” – Neil Gaiman At Better Reading, we love and value our libraries – […]

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Different Perspectives: Autism and Aspergers in Middle Grade Fiction

Recently, The Conversation published an article entitled “Why there need to be more autistic characters in children’s books”. Counting By 7s – Holly Goldberg Sloan Willow Chance is a twelve-year-old genius, obsessed with nature and diagnosing medical conditions, who finds it comforting to count by 7s. It has never been easy for her to connect with anyone other […]

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