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Thrilling Australian YA Reads: Sarah Epstein Author of Small Spaces

It will come as no surprise that a YA thriller author’s favourite kind of books to read are mysteries and thrillers. Strong hooks, tight pacing, red herrings and plot twists are the hallmarks of the genre, and when combined, these elements create compelling stories often described as unputdownable. Here are some Australian young adult thrillers […]

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Getting Your Teen To Put The Phone Down: Better Reading Kids’ Top 50

Once by Morris Gleitzman Felix, a Jewish boy in Poland in 1942, is hiding from the Nazis in a Catholic orphanage. The only problem is that he doesn’t know anything about the war and thinks he’s only in the orphanage while his parents travel and try to salvage their bookselling business. And when he thinks […]

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7 Exciting New July Releases for Kids

The Champion Charlies: The Mix Up by Adrian Beck A hilarious junior fiction series for boys and girls that celebrates the great world game of football! Developed in partnership with Football Federation Australia. Charles was the best player in the boys’ football team. Charlotte was the best player in the girls’ side. But this season they’re […]

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Let Me Tell You a Story: Better Reading Top 50 Kids’ Books

One of the best ways to instil a love of reading and bond with your child is to read aloud regularly. From Better Reading’s Top 50 Kid’s Books, here’s a list of beloved classics they will absolutely adore – just like you did at their age. Snuggle up. Winnie the Pooh by AA Milne A. Milne’s […]

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Giggles Galore: Better Reading Kids’ Top 50

Children love to laugh and these books from Better Reading Kids’ Top 50 will not disappoint! The 13- Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton Andy and Terry have created the most amazing treehouse in the world! There are 13-storeys of mind-blowing fun! It has a bowling alley, a see-through swimming pool, a tank full of […]

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5 Children’s Classics to Read Together: Better Reading Kids’ Top 50

Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White The classic tale of a pig named Wilbur and his friendship with a barn spider named Charlotte. This is the tale of how a little girl named Fern, with the help of a friendly spider, saved her pig, Wilbur, from the usual fate of nice fat little pigs. #7 in Australia’s […]

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5 fabulous extracts for the weekend

Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent – Read an extract The last time William Shakespeare and Virginia went missing Cassie found them sitting on a coiled hose behind the fire station, and Dad called her ‘Cassie Andersen, Peacock Detective’. So this time she knows what to do—she’ll look for clues and track them down. But the […]

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The Children’s Books You Championed: 2018 Better Reading Top 50 Kids’ Books

The results are finally in and we can now reveal Better Reading Top 50 Kids’ Books for 2018. You’ll find lots of beloved children’s classics, a wonderful range of captivating series along with some new favourites – and plenty of Australian books on the list, too. It’s no surprise to see the Harry Potter Series […]

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Mummies, Ghosts and Monsters: 5 Creepy but Fun Reads

Embassy of the Dead by Will Mabbitt Welcome to the Embassy of the Dead. Leave your life at the door. (Thanks.)When Jake opens a strange box containing a severed finger, he accidentally summons a grim reaper to drag him to the Eternal Void (yep, it’s as fatal as it sounds) and now he’s running for […]

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Refugee Week: 6 Books to Read with your Kids

The Little Refugee by Anh Do Anh Do’s inspirational story about his family’s incredible escape from war-torn Vietnam and his childhood in Australia, told especially for children. Anh Do nearly didn’t make it to Australia. His entire family came close to losing their lives as they escaped from war-torn Vietnam in an overcrowded boat. It […]

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