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Fires and Fundraising: Read an extract from Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat by Jacqueline Harvey

June 14, 2019

  Start reading now Alice-Miranda fans will be over the moon to hear that Jacqueline Harvey has written yet another book in the series, Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat. When it comes to Alice-Miranda there’s always lots of excitement, her keen sense of justice and readiness to help whenever she can often take her into dangerous […] - Read more


The Perfect Escape: Join a Book Club and Meet Other Book Lovers This Winter

It’s winter, when many of us feel like hibernating. Who wants to leave the house at night when you can curl up in front of the heater with a book? Why not combine curling up with a good book with a regular social event by joining a book club. Book clubs are a chance to […] - Read more

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Creativity, Critical Thinking… and Brain Power.

June 12, 2019

  It’s only a few more weeks until the school holidays, 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 […] - Read more


Same same, but different…

Exciting things are happening at Better Reading, with some new projects that we’re sure you’re going to love. First up is the facelift. While we’re all for ageing gracefully here, we still support a few tweaks and polish. Over the next few weeks, you’ll notice some changes to the Better Reading brand. While the great […] - Read more


Wizards, Witches and Rebels: Read an extract from The Wizards of Once: Twice Magic

Start reading now Wizards of Once: Twice Magic is the second instalment in the bestselling series The Wizards of Once by the unstoppable Cressida Cowell. Your children will already know of her as the author of How to Train Your Dragon and the 8 million copies sold world-wide are testament to the fact that she can […] - Read more


Thelma the Unicorn snapped up by Netflix

June 11, 2019

Exciting news is in for fans of Australia children’s author Aaron Blabey. Netflix has bought the rights for Thelma the Unicorn and will shortly start work on a film adaptation, which will take the form of an animated musical. Thelma the Unicornis a sparkly story about a pony who wishes to become a unicorn and […] - Read more


Beyond Differences: Wizards of Once series by Cressida Cowell

First there was The Wizards of Once, the story of Xar, a young boy who belongs to the Wizard tribe who has been patiently waiting for his magic powers. Joining Xar is Wish a Warrior who, despite being surrounded by people who are highly against magic, owns a banned Magical Object that she must conceal. […] - Read more


Music Festival Fundraiser: Review of Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat by Jacqueline Harvey

Alice-Miranda fans will be over the moon to hear that Jacqueline Harvey has written yet another book in the series, Alice-Miranda Keeps the Beat. When it comes to Alice-Miranda there’s always lots of excitement, her keen sense of justice and readiness to help whenever she can often take her into dangerous and complicated situations but […] - Read more


Christobel Mattingley, Iconic Australian Children’s Author, Passes Away at Age 87

June 7, 2019

Beloved children’s author Christobel Mattingley, died on Saturday, June 1 2019, aged 87, after several months of ill health. Erica Wagner, Allen & Unwin Executive Publisher, Books for Children and Young Adults, says, ‘Her passing is truly the end of an era.’ Many of you will remember fondly her whimsical book Rummage that won the […] - Read more