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Finding the Positives: Dyslexia Awareness Month

October 18, 2019

  October is Dyslexia Awareness Month.  So, what does it mean to have dyslexia, and what can schools and families do to support students with dyslexia? Firstly the Australian Dyslexia Association explains that the word dyslexia comes from the Greek language and means difficulty with words. Individuals with dyslexia have trouble with aspects of reading, spelling and […]
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Research, Inspiration and Intricate Details: Q&A with The Tiny Star Illustrator, Freya Blackwood

October 17, 2019

Congratulations on your new book The Tiny Star. What do you hope little readers and their parents will take away from this book? The book provides a gentle and ultimately uplifting space for family to talk about death. Although the book deals with a sad event, it is filled with joy and life and ends […]
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A Poignant Reflection on Life: Review of The Tiny Star

October 14, 2019

‘Once upon a time, although this happens all the time, a tiny star fell to earth and turned into a baby!’ And so, begins the stunningly illustrated and poignant new book from children’s story book legends Mem Fox and illustrator Freya Blackwood. When a baby falls to earth it is embraced by parents, family and […]
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Creating Something from Nothing: R.A. Spratt gets philosophical (and a bit wacky) about kids meeting authors

October 10, 2019

  Better Reading: R.A. Spratt, you visit schools all the time. Why is it so important for kids to meet authors? R.A. Spratt:  Because you’d want to meet Dumbledore, wouldn’t you? Better Reading: Sorry, I don’t follow? R.A. Spratt:  The question is – what should we be seeking to expose children to? Children are our […]
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Dyslexia Awareness Month: Telling Stories with my Dyslexic Sons

My entire life has been devoted to the written word. Growing up, books were all consuming. I filled exercise books with my writings. By my late teens I was performing my words, writing plays, theatre pieces and stand-up poetry routines. My road to publication began with published plays, and in women’s magazines, and then with […]
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Build a Bond Around Books that will Last a Lifetime: Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books 2019

It’s never too late to start reading to your child. If you’re not sure what to read to them then you absolutely can’t go past the list of books selected by the Better Reading community. Reading aloud to children benefits them in so many ways and through you they can engage with reading from babyhood. […]
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The Power of Books: Review of A Tale of Magic

October 9, 2019

  #1 New York Times bestselling author Chris Colfer is back with the first instalment in a new series A Tale of Magic. Colfer will be best known to young readers as the author of The Land of Stories series and this new book is set in the same world. Parents may also recognise Colfer […]
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Libraries have Survived and Thrived: Because we Need Them

October 4, 2019

Those of you who are Better Reading regulars will know that we love libraries. We share a lot of library news, and feature libraries and librarians. We’re always happy to hear from libraries that want to be featured, so please get in touch. If there’s one thing we know here, libraries play a vital role […]
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Our Family Reads, Through the Ages: Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books

October 3, 2019

“Again Mummy, again.” “In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf…” How many times did I read Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar over the course of raising four boys? How many times did I begin story time with the words, “For my sister Christa” because even the dedication could not be […]
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