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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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February New Releases for Kids and Teenagers Alike!

February is a treasure trove of wonderful new books for kids and teenagers. From gorgeous picture books about friendship, to scientific adventures and cheeky hijinks this list will no doubt have something for every voracious reader!   PICTURE BOOKS Me Too – Erika Geraerts & Charl Laubscher A gentle exploration of the many reasons that […]

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Catherine Pelosi: My Favourite Curious Minds in Children’s Literature

To celebrate our Better Reading Kids’ Book of the Week, Quark’s Academy – a jam-packed, science adventure celebrating curious minds, invention and discovery – we had the author, Catherine Pelosi, compile a list of her favourite curious minds in children’s literature. Full of plucky and intelligent protagonists, this list is guaranteed to keep young readers engaged […]

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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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Classy Classics: Better Reading Top 100

There’s a reason these books are on nearly every “must read” book list in the world: the classics. Who doesn’t love a good classic? For some, these are what got them into reading in the first place. For others, they were discovered later in life, long after the tortured memories of reading them in school […]

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Tea Cooper’s Top 10 Fearless Women in Historical Fiction

Words || Tea Cooper I love a good heroine! I like them to be fearless and courageous, quirky and independent. And fictional or not, I want them to make sense of the world in which they live. So, in no particular order, here are my Top 10 Women in Historical novels. Violet Szarbo in Carve […]

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Sun, Sand, and Seagulls: 12 Aussie Picture Books About a Day at the Beach

Summer is a great time of year – especially if you’re a kid! School’s out, the sun is shining bright, it’s hot and it’s time for fun. The beach plays such a big part in stories of an Australian summer, something that has been reflected in our home-grown picture books for decades – and what better […]

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Adventure, Excitement, and a Journey into the Unknown: Author A.L Tait Recommends

Words || A.L. Tait As a kid, I loved adventure stories. There is nothing quite like the delicious feeling of embarking on an epic, dangerous journey while safely tucked up between clean sheets. I think that ‘closet adventurer’ feeling stayed with me my whole life, right up to the point where I started writing my […]

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