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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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Ready, Set, Go!

April 10, 2019

Throughout May, writers of all ages and stages will join the Pen to Paper Challenge and write to raise money for the Sydney Story Factory, which works to improve reading and literacy levels in young people who are experiencing difficulties in this area. This creative challenge has been gaining momentum over the last few years with the likes of well-known authors Jackie French, Benjamin Law […] - Read more

Queen of Fantasy’s New Trilogy: Review of The Red Scrolls of Magic by Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu

April 9, 2019

  Bestselling fantasy writer Cassandra Clare is back with the first instalment of a new, highly anticipated series written with award-winning author Wesley Chu. The Red Scrolls of Magic (a Shadowhunters novel) follows Magnus Bane and Alec Lightwood on a whirlwind journey across Europe. If you need a recap on the fantasy world in which Cassandra Clare’s […] - Read more

New Felice Arena Adventure: Review of A Great Escape

April 8, 2019

Set in Cold War Germany at the time the Berlin Wall is built, Peter lives in East Berlin with his extended family and spends most of his time playing with friends on the streets outside his apartment. Peter loves to ride his bike and push himself to the limit by doing tricks and jumps to […] - Read more

Gorgeous Mother’s Day Picture Book: Take a look inside There’s Only One Mum Like You by Jess Racklyeft

April 5, 2019

Take a look inside The moment you open There’s Only One Mum Just Like You, you enter picture book heaven. For those of you who melt upon seeing exquisite illustrations, we’d recommend you quickly make your way to the bookshop or library to check out this gorgeous new picture book in which award-winning illustrator, Jess Racklyeft, […] - Read more

Storytime After the Day From Hell

April 4, 2019

Michael Rosen, author of the legendary We’re Going on a Bear Hunt, wrote in the Guardian that in order to foster a love of reading, parents and teachers ‘should continue reading aloud to children well into their teens.’ Better Reading’s Mary Ryan has also written about the power of listening to stories and the impact it […] - Read more

Library Dreams

Thousands of people walk through the doors of the State Library of NSW every day, many of them students and children. It’s a place they come to study, research, and explore, but currently there isn’t an informal area where children and their families can go to enjoy books in a relaxed atmosphere. It seems however […] - Read more

Action Packed With a Twist: Read an extract from Super Sidekicks #1: No Adults Allowed by Gavin Aung Than

April 2, 2019

Start reading now Justice Junior or JJ as he likes to be called has had enough of being the sidekick for Captain Perfect. Not only does he back him up when fighting for justice but he also cleans his headquarters every day, washes his costume after every battle and is then left alone while Captain […] - Read more