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Writing Confronting Stories: Q&A with author Robert Newton

May 21, 2019

  This isn’t your first book that deals with the death of a parent or an unreliable parent and the impact this has on a teenage character. What are you hoping readers will take away from Promise Me Happy? Absent parents can make life tricky for some teenagers. In Promise Me Happy, I wanted to […] - Read more


The Outsider: Read a extract from Promise Me Happy by Robert Newton

Start reading now Nate has had a hard time over the last two years dealing with an abusive father, the loss of his mother and a stint in a juvenile detention centre. However, over the last 18 months he’s had plenty of time to reflect and is hoping to start afresh when released. Nate’s expecting […] - Read more


Adventure, Danger, High Seas: Review of Pirate Boy of Sydney Town by Jackie French

It’s 1809 and twelve-year-old Ben Huntsmore has only known the safety and security of life in Badger’s Hill, his family’s estate in England. He loves life on the land and spends his time with his mother and the other families who work with them. Everything is in abundance and life is good. His father, an […] - Read more


Ship Ahoy!: Read an extract from Pirate Boy of Sydney Town by Jackie French

Start reading now It’s 1809 and twelve-year-old Ben Huntsmore has only known the safety and security of life in Badger’s Hill, his family’s estate in England. He loves life on the land and spends his time with his mother and the other families who work with them. Everything is in abundance and life is good. […] - Read more


Hope, Love and a Chance: Review of Promise Me Happy by Robert Newton

Nate has had a hard time over the last two years dealing with an abusive father, the loss of his mother and a stint in a juvenile detention centre. However, over the last 18 months he’s had plenty of time to reflect and is hoping to start afresh when released. Nate’s expecting his father to […] - Read more


Take It Away, Alpacas With Maracas

Tomorrow Wednesday, May 22 is National Simultaneous Storytime (NSS) and the book that kids across the country will read out loud is Alpacas with Maracas by beloved Australian author, Matt Cosgrove. Held annually by the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA), the NSS involves the simultaneous reading of a picture book by an Australian author and […] - Read more


Do You Want to Win 50 Amazing Kids’ Books? Vote Now!

May 20, 2019

Are you an avid reader, always on the lookout for new kids’ books to get your hands on? If you answered yes, we think you’ll be thrilled to know that you can now enter the draw to win all 50 of Australia’s top 50 kids’ books for 2019! To enter, you just need to vote […] - Read more

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The Perfect Place to Read: Where Would You Choose?

May 16, 2019

Many of us grab our reading time when and where we can. It might be during our daily commute, or while we wait for our kids to finish their after-school activities. More often than not, it’s last thing at night before falling asleep. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a whole day to read, somewhere […] - Read more

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Jazz Jam with Justine Clarke

Ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and best-selling children’s music artist and author Justine Clarke has assembled the finest musicians in Australia to play a selection of her jazziest songs from her albums, to celebrate this dynamic and nuanced form with preschoolers. Jazz was the first music Justine heard and sang, and she can’t wait to share […] - Read more