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Beautiful Tribute to Mums of All Kinds: Review of There’s Only One Mum Like You by Jess Racklyeft

March 26, 2019

‘Brave mums, playful mums, cuddly mums, quiet mums – every mum is special in her own way.’ The moment you open There’s Only One Mum Like You, you enter picture book heaven. For those of you who melt upon seeing exquisite illustrations, we’d recommend you quickly make your way to the bookshop or library to check […] - Read more


Keeping Children’s Minds Strong

March 24, 2019

Words | Mary Ryan The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn the more places you’ll go. Dr Seuss Dr Seuss summed it up perfectly. Reading underpins learning and has the potential to take children to extraordinary places of enjoyment and knowledge. But just like our physical […] - Read more


Festival For Young Readers

March 21, 2019

‘Books and stories have the power to enlarge our lives. The imagination and possibilities they awaken within us, the experiences they reflect and the attention they demand, serve to remind us that we are more exceptional, creative, unpredictable and special than any algorithm can conceive of.’ Katherine Dorrington, Scribblers Festival Director Exciting news is just […] - Read more

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Books That Stole Hearts: Indie Book Awards winners announced

March 19, 2019

Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee has been announced as the Children’s Winner and A Song Only I Can Hear, Young Adults in the 2019 Indie Book Awards. Lenny’s Book of Everything– a poignant book about family, loving and letting go – has appeared on a number of shortlists recently including for the NSW Premier’s […] - Read more


Anh Do’s Big News

Exciting news just in – Anh Do, beloved author of the Weirdo and Ninja Kid series,’ is busy writing not just one new children’s series, but three and they will start hitting the shelves in 2019. In the first of his new series, Wolf Girl, he brings his addictive fast-paced energy to an older readership (8─14), adding the […] - Read more

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Warm, Vibrant and Timely: Review of You Must be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

In her first fiction book for young readers, writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, gives us the inspiring and hopeful story of Layla. A Sudanese teenager in Australia, Layla is curious, adventurous and determined to learn anything and everything she can about the world. Her family moved to Australia from Sudan when her […] - Read more


Playground Story, Universal Message: Read an extract from You Must be Layla by Yassmin Abdel-Magied

  Start reading now In her first fiction book for young readers, writer, broadcaster and award-winning social advocate, Yasmin Abdel-Magied, gives us the inspiring and hopeful story of Layla. A Sudanese teenager in Australia, Layla is curious, adventurous and determined to learn anything and everything she can about the world. Her family moved to Australia […] - Read more


The Next Adventure: Review of Scorch Dragons by Amie Kaufman

New York Times bestselling author Amie Kaufman is a master at creating large scale drama and balancing this with the minute and intricate detail of the alternate worlds that fantasy readers demand. Hot on the heels of The Ice Wolves, the first in her highly praised Elementals series, is the just released Scorch Dragons and the […] - Read more


Wonderful Fantasy: Q&A with Scorch Dragons author Amie Kaufman

  On the release of Elementals: Scorch Dragons, Amie Kaufman shares with Better Reading where her ideas come from, keeping track of complex plot lines and her amazing travels. Enjoy! Ice Wolves is the bestselling first instalment in the Elementals series and this month Scorch Dragons is released. Where did this complex world of Wolves […] - Read more