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Kids & YA


Essential and Inspiring: Review of Stand Up for the Future: A Celebration of Inspirational Young Australians

April 18, 2019

First there was Shout Out to the Girls, then High-five to the Boys and now there’s Stand Up for the Future to add to the collection. Stand up for the Future continues the stories of highly inspiring, immensely motivating and creative leaders but this time we’re hearing about young Australians. Their stories are nothing short of remarkable and […] - Read more


A Wonderful Lesson in Friendship: Review of Mermaid Holidays: The Talent Show by Delphine Davis and Adele K. Thomas

It’s the school holidays and Sophia Seashell and her seahorse pal Smedley are on their way back home to Turtleville for the break. Sophia attends boarding school during the year but when the holidays come around, she looks forward to spending time at home with her mermaid besties Olivia, Willow and Chloe. On arrival, she […] - Read more


Creativity, Critical Thinking… and Brain Power.

  It’s school holidays again, which means no homework pressure and more time for you and your children to read for the pure and utter pleasure of it! Reading builds your child’s comprehension and vocabulary. A recent study released by Ohio State University found there was a 1.4-million-word gap between preschoolers who are read to […] - Read more


Amelia Chamelia’s Next Chapter: Review of Amelia Chamelia and the School Play and Amelia Chamelia and the Farm Adventure by Laura Sieveking

April 16, 2019

The hugely popular Amelia Chamelia is back with two new stories, one about her living in fear of being in the spotlight, the other about going off grid for a warm and fuzzy farm adventure. The Amelia Chamelia series launched earlier this year, but if you missed it and you have a little reader in […] - Read more


Letting the Light In: Review of How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

‘this book is for the grievers this book is for the left behind this book is for every broken heart searching for a home.’ Grace aka Tiger, lives with her Mother and the two of them have been thick as thieves for all of Tiger’s 16 years, that is, until she starts to feel her […] - Read more


Novel For The Broken-Hearted: Q&A with author Kathleen Glasgow

  Q: In Australia, YA seems to be having a big moment. What do you think is so appealing about the genre at this point in time? A: I think readers are excited for the variety of stories and representation they find in young adult books. You can choose from space operas, romantic comedies, realistic […] - Read more


Fierce, Tender, Rare: Read an Extract from How to Make Friends with the Dark by Kathleen Glasgow

Start reading now Grace aka Tiger, lives with her Mother and the two of them have been thick as thieves for all of Tiger’s 16 years, that is, until she starts to feel her over protective Mother needs to give her some space to do what ‘normal’ teenagers do. Tiger’s new boyfriend, Kai Henderson, has […] - Read more


Take, Give, Share Books: Australia’s Street Library Movement

April 12, 2019

  For the past few years, small street libraries have been appearing under shop eaves and on street corners all over the country. They are part of a nation-wide movement to encourage literacy and community, and to motivate people to engage with their community in a positive way. Street Library is the vision of Newtown […] - Read more


The Oscars of Publishing: ABIA 2019 Shortlist Announced

April 11, 2019

The Australian Publishers Association has announced the 2019 shortlist for the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs). The 2019 shortlist includes some of the biggest names in the Australian book industry (which publishes over 7,000 new books annually) as well as some amazing new talent. The ABIA Voting Academy is made up of over 250 representatives […] - Read more

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