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What Your Child Learns Around The Dinner Table…

February 14, 2019

With everyone’s work and after-school commitments, it can be hard to squeeze in a family dinner – the sort that happens at a table, with family members actually talking to each other. But we certainly have fond memories of the family dinners of our childhoods, with conversations that connected us and taught us about each other and the world. (Even […] - Read more

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Mr Bambuckle Returns: Read an extract from Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables: On the Lookout by Tim Harris

February 12, 2019

Start reading now Before we start telling you all about the latest instalment in the Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables series, we feel the need to disclose that Better Reading Kids are huge fans of author Tim Harris. Not only does he write hilarious books that tempt the most reluctant of readers, he has also very generously contributed […] - Read more


To Sir, With Love: Review of Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables: On the Lookout by Tim Harris

Before we start telling you all about the latest instalment in the Mr Bambuckle’s Remarkables series, we feel the need to disclose that Better Reading Kids are huge fans of author Tim Harris. Not only does he write hilarious books that tempt the most reluctant of readers, he has also very generously contributed to our page […] - Read more


Tempting Reluctant Readers: Read an extract from Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland

February 8, 2019

  Start reading now Charles McGuffin, the lovable hero of Charlie Changes into a Chicken is nine years old. Despite trying to see the bright side of life, he can’t help worrying and things are not about to get an easier! The first time ‘it’ happens, Charlie is worried about his sick brother and his mum […] - Read more


Author Rejected 150 Times Never Gave Up

February 7, 2019

If you’ve not heard of Angie Thomas, Hollywood certainly has. Not only did the US author write an award winning, acclaimed debut novel (The Hate U Give), the movie rights were quickly snapped up by Fox 2000. Starring Amandla Stenberg and Russell Hornsby, it has grossed $29.7 million in North America since its October release. […] - Read more


Strategies for encouraging children to read: Author R. A. Spratt shares her methods

R.A. Spratt the author of The Peski Kids, Friday Barnes and The Adventures of Nanny Piggins shares the reading strategies she uses with her own children.   Strategies for encouraging children to read . . . I’m not a teacher so this isn’t really my area of expertise, but I can tell you what I do with my own children. I’ve […] - Read more


Great Audio Books For Free

February 5, 2019

Millions of Australians are listening to audio books, 2.5 million to be exact and the number is growing. The data shows that adult listeners are using audio books to multi task. In children, we know that listening to audio books: Increases reading accuracy by 52%, improves comprehension by 76% and a combination of listening and reading increases recall […] - Read more

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David Walliams News

If you have a 7+ reader in your house who devoured David Walliams’ book, The Ice, over Christmas, then you’re in luck as there is already another David Walliams book on its way! On 22 February Fing will be landing in our bookshops and libraries. A delightfully daft story with laugh-out-loud Walliams fun on every […] - Read more


Loveable Hero Who Worries: Review of Charlie Changes into a Chicken by Sam Copeland

Charles McGuffin, the lovable hero of Charlie Changes into a Chicken is nine years old. Despite trying to see the bright side of life, he can’t help worrying and things are not about to get an easier! The first time ‘it’ happens, Charlie is worried about his sick brother and his mum and dad arguing and […] - Read more