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Author Jessica Walton (and her son Errol)’s Favourite Picture Books!

When we interviewed Jessica Walton, author of the new picture book Introducing Teddy, we asked about her favourite kids’ books – and she gave so many great choices we thought she deserved her own list! You can click on the covers below for more information, and be sure to check out our review of Introducing Teddy and full interview […]

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10 of the Best Book Friendships

Did you know that there’s a National Best Friends Day in June? Well, neither did we to be honest, and it’s probably just an American thing, but let’s go with it anyway for the sake of a good book list. Because some of the best books focus on intense friendships – in fact, friendships in literature […]

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Australia’s Most Borrowed Kids’ Books

There’s nothing quite like a great series to keep kids reading! Last week Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), released their list of the books Australians across the country have been requesting and devouring from our libraries for the first quarter […]

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Australia’s Most Borrowed Young Adult Books

One thing is very clear – Australian teens love reading dystopian fantasy YA! Last week Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), released their list of the books young Australians across the country have been requesting and devouring from our libraries for the […]

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Australia’s Most Borrowed Non-Fiction Books

Australia likes borrowing books about cooking, travel – and quitting sugar. Last week Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), released their list of the books Australians across the country have been requesting and devouring from our libraries for the first quarter […]

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New Picture Books on the Shelves this June

There’s a great mix of titles that we’re looking forward to sharing this month! First is Introducing Teddy, a story about friendship, bravery and acceptance that also helps younger readers think about gender identity. Thomas the teddy is worried Errol might not understand that he would rather be called Tilly, and doesn’t want to lose his […]

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Ten Picture Books That Prove They’re Not Just for The Kids

Reading to children is one of life’s absolute pleasures. Seeing a child discover a book or idea for the first time is amazing, and the benefits for their emotional and academic development are well documented. But sometimes kids develop a fascination with a particular book, and having to read the same book a hundred times […]

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June Books for Older Readers

There’s a real cast of characters in this month’s round up of new books for primary and high schoolers! If you have a young reader who has already devoured series like Big Nate and Wimpy Kid, it’s time to meet Max Crumbly! From the bestselling author of the Dork Diaries series comes The Misadventures of Max […]

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The New Books We’re Excited about in June

We’re not sure about you, but as the weather gets chillier the Better Reading team look forward to time under the blankets, near a fireplace, engrossed in a great book. This month there are plenty we’re keen to dive into, whether it’s a page-turning story, an enthralling thriller,  thought-provoking non-fiction or much more. Click on the […]

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What’s Australia’s Most Borrowed Fiction Book?

It’s official, Australia – we love reading thrillers! Last week Civica, Australia’s leading provider of library information, collection, management and library staffing solutions, partnering with the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), released their list of the books Australians across the country have been requesting and devouring from our libraries for the first quarter of 2016. Many […]

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The Miles Franklin 2016: And the Shortlist Is…

The shortlist for this year’s The Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced today and though the award has sometimes been criticised in the past for male writers dominating the shortlist, this year four out of the five shortlisted authors are female. Australia’s most prestigious and highly anticipated literary prize has been around since 1957 and was […]

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Little Books for Big Siblings

It’s a very exciting time when there’s a new baby on the way – but it can be challenging to simplify everything that’s going on to a soon-to-be-big-sibling, as well as and explaining how things will and won’t change once the baby is here! We’ve compiled a few books to share with different ages that […]

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Author Picks: Lucie Whitehouse’s Top 5 Crime Reads

Lucie Whitehouse is the author of Keep You Close, a crime thriller we adored – check out our review here! She has written three other novels, The Bed I Made, The House at Midnight and most recently Before We Met, described by the Observer as ‘nail-biting, spine-tingling’ and by the thriller writer Kate Mosse as ‘spectacular’. Lucie gave us her top […]

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Picture book author Jon Klassen picks his favourite kids’ books

We adore bestselling picture-book author and illustrator Jon Klassen‘s dark and cheeky sense of humour (you can read our interview with him here) so we were excited to see which children’s books he would choose as his all-time favourites! There’s a magic pebble that can grant wishes, a collection of stories to send a chill […]

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Bestselling YA Author Tommy Wallach on the books that changed him

Tommy Wallach is the Brooklyn based, bestselling author of We All Looked Up and Thanks for the Trouble, two young adult novels with characters that are real, raw, and utterly captivating. We All Looked Up is a novel about working out who you are and what really matters when an unknown future is hanging over your head – quite literally. After learning […]

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11 Must-Read Musical Biographies

Prince’s recent death shocked the world, with many mourning the passing of an enigmatic musical legend. Matt Thorne’s account of the life of Prince has been called the definitive work on the man who revolutionised pop music. Musicians lead fascinating lives and biographies often reveal some of the most interesting stories behind the legends, so […]

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12 Mouthwatering Cookbooks on Every Subject

Who doesn’t love a cookbook for any occasion? From magic soup, to gourmet donuts, to salads in jars… With so many cookbooks published, it feels like there’s a cookbook on every subject imaginable!  So we’ve compiled some of the best to choose from this year. Here’s a selection of our top picks: Magic Soup comes from […]

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What We’re Sharing with Primary and High School Readers this May

If you’ve got a little one click here for our new picture book recommendations, or read on to learn more about new releases for ages 7 and up this May. We know it can be hard to keep boys reading, but we think it’ll be hard to pull them away from a good book this […]

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New Picture Books for May

As always, this month brings a wonderful array of books for the littlest of readers. Click on the titles or covers below, and if you’ve got an older child, check out our list of May new releases for them too! Before you read this list – are you sitting comfortably?! That’s the question a new […]

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New Books We’re Excited For This May

Every month we put together a list of new releases we’re looking forward to reading, and this May has plenty! There are new thrillers, Australian fiction from authors we love, non-fiction that’ll make you think, and even a book from a blog called Hot Dudes Reading (it’s exactly what you think). Click on the cover images […]

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Thirteen Fictional Tales of War

From Homer to the present day, some of the greatest stories are about waging war and the misery it inevitably brings. Today it’s still the case and one recent addition, Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave is Forgiven, is a must-read. A fictional account of war stays with us long after reading – feeling the experience through a character’s […]

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The Man Booker International Prize 2016

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the shortlist of six books in contention for the 2016 Prize, celebrating the finest in global fiction. Each shortlisted author and translator will receive £1,000, while the £50,000 prize will be divided equally between the author and the translator of the winning entry. Click here to find out […]

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Pulitzer Prize Winners 2016

Congratulations to all the Pulitzer Prize winners for 2016, you can click on the titles or covers below for more information. Fiction: The Sympathizer, by Viet Thanh Nguyen A layered immigrant tale told in the wry, confessional voice of a “man of two minds” — and two countries, Vietnam and the United States. Drama: Hamilton, by Lin-Manuel […]

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4 Moving Novels for Older Readers this ANZAC Day

Most children have learnt the historical facts about ANZAC Day in primary school but sometimes it can be more challenging to grasp the personal experience. Here are some chapter books and novels for older readers that will help them reflect and deepen their understanding. You can click on the titles or covers below for more […]

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Helping Younger Readers Understand ANZAC Day

It can be very difficult for parents and grandparents to explain the importance of ANZAC Day to little ones. There are some special picture books by Australian authors that can help, with simple to understand stories, well presented information and movingly beautiful illustrations. You can click on the titles or covers below to learn more, and […]

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Are these books destined to become modern children’s classics?

7000 people in the UK sure thought so! For World Book Day, National Book Tokens asked readers  in the UK and Ireland to name the kids books they thought would be regarded as classics in the future. They also chose the Top 10 Heroes and Villains, and you can visit the National Book Tokens website for more […]

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Top 10 Evil Villains from Children’s Literature

Does your favourite kids’ book feature a villain you loved to hate? We want to hear from you! Choose your all-time favourite kids’ book and click here to cast your vote as Better Reading compiles a list of Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books – by voting, you could WIN every book on the final list […]

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Top 10 Heroes from Children’s Literature

Who do you think is the best Kids’ Book Hero? Vote for your favourite children’s book as Better Reading compiles a list of Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books, and you could WIN the entire final list! For World Book Day, National Book Tokens asked 7,000 people in the UK and Ireland about their favourite heroes […]

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Seven Books to Read Before They Hit Screens Near You

Books have always been a rich source of inspiration for movie makers, and for good reason – they get access to amazing stories, and often ones that are proven sales successes. We’re seeing this more than ever before, with the majority of nominations for best picture in the Oscars this year being based on books. […]

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The Better Reading Team Pick Their Favourite Kids’ Books

Better Reading is compiling a list of Australia’s Favourite Kids’ Books, and we want to hear from you! Click here to vote, and you could win the entire final list!   We know it’s tough to choose your favourite out of all the many wonderful children’s books out there. To inspire you, here are some […]

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Better Reading’s 25 Picks for Mum

This Mother’s Day don’t give Mum another candle or scarf (although yes, those are lovely gifts) – give her a book she’ll love. Better Reading has taken the guesswork away and chosen a variety of possibilities for all kinds of readers! Sweep mum away with engrossing fiction by Australian authors, like Kate Morton’s The Lake House, […]

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award: 2016 Longlist Announced

The longlist for this year’s The Miles Franklin Literary Award has just been announced! Australia’s most prestigious and highly anticipated literary prize has been around since 1957 and was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The prize is awarded each year ‘to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and […]

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New Release Chapter Books and YA Novels to Dig into this Autumn

This April there are plenty of great new releases for older readers, including new additions to beloved series! If you have a littler one be sure to check out our list of new picture books, but if you need a new novel to grab your primary schooler or teen – look no further. Click on the titles […]

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8 New Picture Books to Read This April

This month there’s a mix of brand new picture books – some quirky, some sad, some sweet. From Hervé Tullet, the author of bestsellers Press Here! and Mix it Up! comes Let’s Play!, another interactive and imaginative book perfect for inquisitive young ones. Beck and Matt Stanton, the husband-and-wife team behind This is a Ball, have Did you take the […]

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April New Releases for Autumn Reading

It turns out this April is a great month for non-fiction: there are new memoirs, essay collections and cookbooks, or if you’re looking to dive into some fiction, we have plenty of suggestions too. Click on the cover images below for more information on these fantastic new releases. What are you excited to read this […]

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Poetry Books to Share with Young Readers

Here at Better Reading Kids we love the magic that is shared by reading aloud, and there is something special about children’s poetry. To celebrate World Poetry Day on March 21, we put together a list of some wonderful poems and poetry books to enjoy with little ones – just don’t get your tongue too […]

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8 Picture Books to Enjoy This Easter

If you’re looking for an Easter gift for a young child that won’t be full of sugar, why not choose a book instead? Here are some of our picks:   If an egg hunt is tradition in your house, you’ll enjoy the lift the flaps fun of  We’re Going on an Egg Hunt! With its traditional […]

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Stella Prize 2016

In 2016 the winner of the Stella Prize was Charlotte Wood for The Natural Way of Things! The $50,000 prize, named after one of Australia’s iconic female authors, Stella Maria Sarah ‘Miles’ Franklin,  was awarded for the first time in 2013. Both non-fiction and fiction books by Australian women are eligible. Among the stated aims of the […]

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23 Must-Read Books About Extraordinary Women

We love to read about, talk about and converse with other women. We find other women fascinating. Whether political trailblazers or adventurers, musicians or comedians,  television personalities or writers, mothers or daughters, women offer so many incredible stories. Here is Better Reading’s guide to some of the best books by and about women that fascinate, absorb and […]

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9 Books that are Big at the 2016 Oscars

Some of the best movies of all time started life as a book. Think Gone with the Wind, To Kill a Mockingbird, Mary Poppins, The Godfather, Love Story, The English Patient, Lord of the Rings of course. We could go on. We’re pleased to see that the 2016 nominations are particularly heavy with movies that […]

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New Chapter Books and YA Releases

If you’re after a new book to keep you child reading this month, then look no further! We have collected a list of new picture books here but if your kid is a little bit (or a lot) older, then here are some new releases that may interest them. Click on the titles or cover images […]

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New Picture Books for March!

There are plenty of books for little ones to get excited about this March, here are 8 of our favourites! If you’ve got a young animal lover then you’re in luck this month! There’s Archie, a very energetic and enthusiastic sloth who doesn’t seem to fit in with his slow-moving, relaxed friends. Or Chip, a cheeky pigeon […]

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20 New Releases We Can’t Wait to Read This March

Here are 20 titles we can’t wait to read in the autumn sunshine. There are engrossing memoirs, new Australian crime fiction, fantastic debuts and beautiful cookbooks… Click on the cover images below for more information on these fabulous new books. What are you eager to pick up this March? Let us know in the comments! Stay […]

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Solving the Case: Our Favourite Novels for Young Sleuths

There’s nothing quite like a good mystery to help get kids reading! We have put together some of our favourite detective novels for kids aged around 8-12. There’s some beloved classics as well as a few new surprises, but they are sure to inspire your own budding sleuth (click on the titles or cover images […]

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Ten of the Best Love Stories to read this Valentine’s Day

It’s reassuring to know that you don’t need a loved-one to celebrate this day. Single or coupled what better way to spend Valentine’s Day than snuggled up with a book? Here are some of our favourite romantic novels and love stories: Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez.  The beautiful novel by the […]

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The 2016 Stella Prize Longlist

Congratulations to the twelve authors who have made the longlist for the 2016 Stella Prize, a significant literary award celebrating Australian women’s writing. The shortlist will be announced on the 10th of March, and we’ll learn which book takes home the prize on the 19th of April. Stay tuned and happy reading!

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