Skip to content

Kids & YA


Stories for Footy Fans: Read an extract from Champion Charlies: The Mix Up by Adrian Beck

July 3, 2018

Start reading now Everyone at Jindaberg Primary has seen the front page of the local newspaper, namely because it has been plastered around the school since it appeared last year: Charles ‘CJ’ Jackson and Charlotte Alessi are grinning under the headline ‘Champion Charlies’ after taking out the winning title in the girls and boys tournaments. […] - Read more


Five Reasons Primary School Teachers Should Read Aloud in the Classroom

June 30, 2018

Words || Tim Harris If you asked twenty primary school teachers how they implement shared reading in the classroom, you would likely get twenty different responses. Primary education is one of the rare professions that allows scope for personal influence. By this, teachers can promote their own favourite reads and genres, controlling – to an […] - Read more


7 Reasons Reading YA Books Will Change Your Life

June 29, 2018

Words || Pip Harry I read young adult books voraciously, particularly our incredible local Australian #LoveOzYA books. At any given time, I’ll have 5-6 YA books on the go – from fantastical otherworldly tales, to gritty realism and light escapism. They all have something to teach me, not just as a writer, but as a […] - Read more

Tagged with: , , ,


Tornadoes, Vicious Birds and an Evil Emperor: Read an extract from Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

June 26, 2018

Start reading now If you are a parent of a teen reader, then it’s most likely that you’ve come across bestselling Texan author Rick Riordan. The Burning Maze is the third instalment in The Trials of Apollo series and has already claimed a position on the Nielsen Weekly Children’s Top Ten. To set the scene, Apollo (God […] - Read more


Cat Tales

Everybody loves a cat story and these four are purrfect to listen to with your furry friend. As you would expect they are full of adventure, mischief and cuddles! If you’re more of a dog lover then click here to find stories about dog detectives, dogs in trucks and dogs in outer space. Ginger the […] - Read more

Tagged with: ,


Ancient Adventures: Review The Trials of Apollo: The Burning Maze by Rick Riordan

If you are a parent of a teen reader, then it’s most likely that you’ve come across bestselling Texan author Rick Riordan. The Burning Maze is the third instalment in The Trials of Apollo series and has already claimed a position on the Nielsen Weekly Children’s Top Ten. To set the scene, Apollo (God of the sun, […] - Read more


5 Minutes with Shaun Tan

I started writing because… I like stories. Who doesn’t? The real question is why didn’t I stop writing, or stop drawing for that matter. Basically, I found a way to keep doing it and still pay the rent: make books that people can buy! The best part of writing Cicada was… Cutting it back. It was […] - Read more


Powerful Storytelling: Review of Cicada by Shaun Tan

At first glance the stunningly beautiful new Shaun Tan Book, Cicada, is heartbreaking. A master communicator of international repute, the fact that he can create such strong emotion in a picture book with so few words is in itself astounding. Cicada lives in a very grey world. Identified by a barcode at his place of […] - Read more


The Internet Connection

June 25, 2018

Anna Snoekstra, author of Mercy Point explores the dual world that young people today live in and the way that this changes their relationships. Words | Anna Snoekstra ‘I feel like you’re sort of my diary, you know? But you write back.’ This is a real line from an email I wrote to my friend when […] - Read more


Riveting Teen Mystery: Read an extract from Mercy Point by Anna Snoekstra

Start reading now Maybe we should meet? This is the question that changes everything for Mercy Point teenagers Emma, Tessie, Michael, Fabian and Sam. Up until this point they have anonymously bared their souls to one another as part of an online group for adopted children. Online they share all their personal pain about this discovery […] - Read more