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8 Books to Help Kids Learn About Sustainability

The world in which we live is paramount to all young, curious minds, and books can be a great source of knowledge for those wondering how to treat it best. See below for a list of books to help kids learn about sustainability, conservation, animal endangerment, and all things ecological! World Without Fish by Mark Kurlansky […]

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Better Reading Presents … Australia’s Top 100 for 2017!

Download your quick reference guide here! The complete list of Australia’s Top 100 Books as voted by you is now live! As always, it comprises wonderful classics, but what makes our reader recommendations really stand-out – and gives us much joy – is their emphasis on books written by Aussie authors. It demonstrates what we’ve […]

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Scare Yourself Silly This Halloween with a Terrifying Book!

If you fancy scaring yourself silly this Halloween, here’s a list of books that will do the trick. Maybe don’t read these ones if you’re home alone… Let’s face it, you can’t have a list about scary books and not mention Stephen King. We could have gone with almost his entire back list (like It, recently made […]

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The best Halloween books for kids of all ages

Let’s face it, Halloween can be a great holiday for kids. Dressing up in costumes, telling terrifying stories, carving jack-o’-lanterns, street parties and trick-or-treating. Or perhaps this is the perfect time to pick a scary book and stay in to read it! Here we’ve come up with a list of some of our favourite spooky […]

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Our Favourite Illustrators

Children’s books are often an amazing combination of words and pictures. Particularly in books for younger children, we see some truly amazing artwork in it’s own right that are used to tell a story even more effectively. And it’s a great way to engage children, getting them to point out things on the page, or […]

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Past Booker Prize Winners and What They Did Next

The Man Booker Prize is one of the most prestigious book prizes in the world – kind of like the literary version of the Oscars. Winners are almost guaranteed worldwide attention, and some pretty bumper sales as well. Sometimes (though not often), one of the nominees will outsell the winner. Some authors will get nominated […]

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Great YA Books (that also happen to be films) for Older Readers

In recent years, we’ve seen a wealth of young adult fiction being published. From dystopian futures, to far off imagined worlds, to real life tales of what teenagers go through, these books have found fans in people of all ages. In this list, we look at some of our favourite young adult fiction that’s been […]

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Tania Blanchard’s Top 10 Historical Novels

Tania Blanchard’s debut historical novel The Girl From Munich has heralded a new voice in Australian fiction.  It’s a compelling love story set in Germany during the closing years of the Second World War. It’s moving, tense and deliciously gripping. It’s fascinating to hear the story from the perspective of German civilians and it’s not surprising to […]

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STEM Books for Kids

STEM is very much a buzzword in schools these days – it stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths. Children are being encouraged to learn these subjects and skills, and there’s a lot of emphasis on making learning fun. Here we’ve pulled together some of our favourite fiction and nonfiction in the STEM area. There’s […]

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Our Favourite Picture Books with Animals

It’s no secret that a lot of younger kids like animals. Even before they’ve quite got to grips on the whole talking thing, they can moo like a cow and baa like a sheep. With this in mind, we’ve come up with a list of our favourite picture books that will have both kids and […]

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