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20 New Books to Get Your Hands on in August

Here are just some of the titles we’re excited about this month. We’ve got a huge month for crime fans – with a page-turning thriller from the Australian crime master himself, Michael Robotham. And crime fans shouldn’t miss the psychological thriller from Mary Kubica, Pretty Baby. In Force for Good, writer Daniel Goleman outlines the wisdom of the Dalai Lama […]

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Fresh Reading Inspiration for 10, 11 and 12 Year Olds

Need some fresh reading inspiration for your 10, 11 or 12 year old? Here are some of the books the kids in our lives have been reading and enjoying recently. Click on the covers to learn more about each book. Giving your child All Four Stars to read might have additional benefits: this novel about […]

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12 Books to Cry You Happy: Fiona Higgins’ Favourites

Isn’t it strange how a having a good old cry can often make you feel better? So while picking up a tear-jerker might sound like a downer, remember that immersing yourself in a sad story can be like therapy. We asked Australian writer Fiona Higgins to list the books that make her cry. Fiona Higgins is the author of Wife […]

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Page-Turning Reads to Motivate Young Sports Fans

‘If more books were available like these ones, I would definitely have read a lot more.’ There’s nothing more motivating for kids than reading about a topic they love. If your child plays – or even just loves watching – sport, here are a few book suggestions to pique their interest. It’s also important for […]

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Terrific (Not Dry and Boring) Australian Historical Novels for Children

Historical fiction can be fantastic for kids, teaching them about our past and inspiring them for the future. It can also be very exciting to read! We talk more about reasons to share historical fiction with children in this article. And here’s a list of some terrific Australian historical stories: Series There are several book […]

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11 Beautiful Colouring Books to Relax and Escape With

It’s not a new phenomenon – it’s been a craze in some countries for years, France in particular – but it’s been gaining momentum in Australia since the beginning of the year. Adults are buying colouring books so fast that bookshops can’t keep with the demand. We asked a clinical psychologist, a bookseller, and a […]

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Favourite Australian Animal Stories for Kids: Part Two

A small koala trying to get her mum’s attention, an emu pretending to be someone else, stirring stories about the king of the brumbies and some loyal friends outwitting a “very clever” dingo … We’re celebrating Australian authors at Better Reading and Better Reading Kids, and our thoughts have turned to some of our favourite Australian […]

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The Weekly Top 10 Fiction Bestseller List

We pride ourselves with picking trends in reading, and that’s why we’re thrilled to see so many of our favourite, recently reviewed Aussie fiction writers in the Top 10 Bestselling Fiction list. At number 1 this week we have The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly. With the end of all things rapidly approaching, Jack must […]

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Staff Picks: Better Reading’s Favourite Australian Books

When we published our Top 10 classic Australian novels recently as part of our Australian Authors special, it caused quite a stir and there was – not surprisingly – some disagreement over just what are the best Australian books. Of course, the answers are all different depending on who you ask. So we thought we’d compile […]

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