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5 Children’s Classics to Read Together: Better Reading Kids Top 50

For many children, being read to by a family member is a cherished ritual, but it can also be much more than that. Reading aloud to children can expand their worldview, love of reading and their literacy skills. Continuing to read out loud to children as they develop their own reading independence has a myriad […]

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#LoveOzYA: Danielle Binks’ Best Australian YA of 2017

In 2015, the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) surveyed public libraries to find out the list of Top Ten most borrowed books. It was disappointing to find only two Australian titles featured in the young adult category, which was overwhelmed by American books, many bolstered by blockbuster adaptations. The Australian young adult literature community’s […]

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My Favourite Crime Novels: A book list chosen by Aoife Clifford

Aoife Clifford, crime writer and purveyor of immaculate reading taste, has adorned Better Reading with a list of her favourite crime novels. Her first book All These Perfect Strangers was an immediate success. Fellow Aussie thriller writer Jane Harper claimed the book left ‘the reader constantly guessing what’s around the corner, and her cleverly woven plot shines a […]

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Caroline Overington’s Holiday Reading Recommendations

Words || Caroline Overington  After I was asked to put together a summer reading list I thought: okay, what do people like to read over summer? Page-turners. They want books they can pick up and put down by the pool. Books they can read on the plane. Books they can devour in one or two […]

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Christmas Means Reading by Ailsa Piper

Words || Ailsa Piper For me, Christmas means reading. Every year of our marriage, my husband and I would give each other a Christmas book. After our ritual breakfast and a bit of time with the wider family, there would come a moment when we would retreat to curl up on comfy chairs or a […]

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The Most Exciting Books of 2018

We’ve been reading more than breathing in 2018, so we decided to put together a list of what we’ve read so far, and also what we’re excited to read next. Not all of them have been published yet, so keep your eyes peeled for the next round of exciting fiction in your local bookstore:  The Chalk […]

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Gifts for Kids of All Ages

At Better Reading, we definitely believe that children’s books are not set by ages. What can be enjoyable to a child of one age can still be loved by a child who is older or younger. There is also the joy of having a book read to you, and then being able to read it […]

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The 12 Books of Christmas for Kids

It’s definitely that time of year – the trees are up, the shops are full of decorations and carols are playing – it’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas! Thought it’s nice to give books at any time of year, it’s particularly nice at Christmas, and books remain a popular gift for kids of […]

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Children’s Longlist for the 2018 Indie Book Awards

Established in 2008, the Indie Book Awards aimed to create unique award recognising and rewarding the best Australian writing as chosen by Australian Independent Booksellers. The Awards celebrate the enormous depth and range of literary talent in this nation. The Indie Awards differ from other literary awards because they are chosen by independent booksellers who are […]

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Fiction Longlist Announced for the 2018 Indie Book Awards!

Australian independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, are thrilled to announce their Fiction Longlist for the Indie Book Awards 2018! 2018 marks ten years of the Indie Book Awards, celebrating indie booksellers as champions of Australian authors. It’s the best of the best in Australian publishing; previous winners include The Dry by Jane Harper,  The Narrow […]

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