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Announcing the Winners: 2019 Children’s Book of the Year Awards

August 16, 2019

The CBCA has announced the 2019 Children’s Book of the Year Awards, highlighting the extraordinary creativity and talent of Australia’s children’s authors and illustrators. Some of the themes covered by this year’s Winner and Honour Books include consumerism and the environment (The All New Must Have Orange 430 by Michael Speechley), the plight of refugees (The […] - Read more

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Chaos Parachutes into Currawong: Read an extract from The Peski Kids: Stuck in the Mud

Start reading now The Peski Kids #3 Stuck in the Mud is the hilarious third instalment in the series by R. A Spratt. If you’re not familiar with it then take a look at our reviews for #1 The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach here and #2 Bear in the Woods here. You may also be […] - Read more


Brownies, Leprechauns and Ogres: Read an extract from The Monster Who Wasn’t

August 15, 2019

A goblin helped the crone off the edge of the dais and she hobbled through the mob. The monsters shuffled aside for her, jostling and pushing and peering back at their ogre king. Thunderguts felt their curious glances on him. His people knew he didn’t normally wait to watch the new ones emerge once he […] - Read more


Reading is Our Secret Power: The Better Reading Team on Children’s Book Week

Today is the start of another CBCA Children’s Book Week – our favourite time of year! The CBCA have been supporting literature for children since 1945, so young and old have a strong connection to this wonderful week long celebration of books. While you’re thinking about this year’s theme, Reading is my Secret Power and […] - Read more

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Spies, criminal masterminds, lots of laughs… and mud: Review of The Peski Kids: Stuck in the Mud

August 13, 2019

The Peski Kids #3 Stuck in the Mud is the hilarious third instalment in the series by R. A Spratt. If you’re not familiar with it then take a look at our reviews for #1 The Mystery of the Squashed Cockroach here and #2 Bear in the Woods here. You may also be familiar with the […] - Read more


The Choices We Make: Review of The Monster Who Wasn’t

‘It’s a well-known fact that fairies are born from a baby’s first laugh. But very few people know that all monsters come from a person’s last sigh.’ Monsters have come from attics, cellars, bridges and tunnels to convene in ‘The Hole’ deep under the earth’s surface for Hatching Day. A day of celebration when monsters […] - Read more


Books for the budding scientist

August 10, 2019

Does your child have a curious brain? From experiments to world renowned scientists, this collection of science books will inspire any science super star that is aiming to make the next big discovery. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beatty Like her classmates, builder Iggy and inventor Rosie, scientist Ada, a character of color, has a […] - Read more


Love Your Bookshop Day: The Better Reading Team on Their Love of Bookshops

August 9, 2019

Saturday, August 10 is Love your Bookshop Day and across the country bookshops will be holding events for all ages to celebrate. At Better Reading, we love bookshops. We feature as many as we can on our site in our popular bookshop feature articles. We love hearing about bookshops and meeting booksellers. To acknowledge today, […] - Read more

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Fawlty Towers Meets Treehouse: Extract of Toffle Towers: Fully Booked

Start reading now We’re very excited to report that author Tim Harris has a brand-new series out this month. Toffle Towers: Fully Booked introduces readers to 10-year-old Chegwin Toffle, a daydreamer of the most advanced kind who out of the blue inherits an entire hotel! Unbeknownst to Chegwin, his late Great Uncle Terrence Toffle bequeathed the […] - Read more