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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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Australian Through and Through: Better Reading Top 100

  One of the most exciting things about Better Reading’s Top 100 is the continued love for Aussie fiction. It’s not just the US or even Europe that dominates the charts: Australian authors, whether they’re still here or now living abroad, always seem to dominate the charts, showing us just how much you love homegrown […]

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The Top 10 Reasons Graphic Novels are Great for Kids

Article Source: MetroParent, written by Mali Anderson. See the original article here. When thinking of children learning to read, parents often imagine a kid curled up on the couch with a classic novel. But that’s not always how it works out. Some kids are drawn to books filled with images; the books might even have more […]

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The Books Children’s Authors Buy: Lian Tanner

Who best to recommend books for the kids in your life than some of Australia’s leading children’s authors and illustrators? Better Reading asked for their recommendations to make your hunt for the perfect book that much easier. We chatted to Lian Tanner the beloved author of the Keepers series and recently released (and vividly exciting) first book in new […]

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The Books Children’s Authors Buy: Gareth Ward

Who best to recommend books for the kids in your life than some of Australia’s leading children’s authors and illustrators? Better Reading asked for their recommendations to make your hunt for the perfect book that much easier. This list was put together by New Zealand author Gareth Ward, a.k.a. The Great Wardini. Gareth is a magician, hypnotist, storyteller, […]

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12 Young Adult Movie Adaptations We Cannot Wait to See This Year!

There is always a thrill (intermingled with a slight sense of trepidation) when we hear that one of our favourite novels is being adapted for television or film.  Knowing that a story you love is going to get wider exposure, and be introduced to an entirely new audience is wonderful and we hope that it’ll will […]

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Waiting for the Next Treehouse or Wimpy Kid? Keep Your Eyes Peeled for these 2018 Releases!

The sales charts in 2017 were once again dominated by the next instalment in Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton’s Treehouse series, and the Diary of a Wimpy Kid phenomenon continues to gain momentum. Both these series have had a real and noticeable impact in the reading enthusiasm of kids across Australia and we know how important it is to you all […]

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The Newbies: Better Reading Top 100

Every year, as the votes come in from book lovers across the country, we’re always curious to see which new releases have resonated with our community enough to make it into the Top 100. This year there we weren’t disappointed, with some of our favourite thrillers and love stories making their debut high on the list. […]

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My Home Library Essentials: Author Mary Van Reyk

  Mary Van Reyk has worked at second-hand bookstores, franchise bookstores, independent bookstores and Australian publishers as an expert in children’s literature. We asked Mary to select five books that she felt were essential reading for readers from a very young age, all the way through to high school. Here is her selection: Doodle Cat is […]

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