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Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s peperonata recipe

Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s peperonata recipe

We're so thrilled to bring you a recipe from Julia Busuttil Nishimura's new book A Year of Simple Family Food. Julia's Ostro cookbook is a firm favourite around here, and this gorgeous peperonata recipe is proof that Julia's second book will be just as addictive as...

3 tips to get girls reading books again

3 tips to get girls reading books again

We're thrilled that best-selling author AL Tait has shared her tips to get girls reading books again. AL is the author of seven books for readers aged 10-14 years, including her latest hit out this month The Fire Star. Find a full review of The Fire Star here, or read...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Books for reluctant readers: Review of The Fire Star by AL Tait

Harry Potter is surely feeling a little tired by now. He and his mates have been casting spells for longer than most middle schoolers have been alive. It's time for a new kid book obsession and I reckon AL Tait's new Maven & Reeve series might just be it. The...

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

Love, laughter, adventure and fantasy: a reading list for teens

While everyone is very keen to get back to 'normal' schooling, reduced classroom attendance can also offer a wonderful opportunity to catch up on some reading. Margot Hillel, Professor of Children's Literature at the Australian Catholic University, has prepared a...

16+ very helpful books about raising girls

16+ very helpful books about raising girls

When I was gathering this list of helpful books about raising girls, it occurred to me that gender is still very much a thing. It's quite hard to get away from. So, I respect that many of you will have girls who defy the 'girl tag' society wants to put on them. I have...

21 books turned into kids’ movies that will inspire non-readers

21 books turned into kids’ movies that will inspire non-readers

The latest Little Women is being released at the movies in Australia on 1 Jan. It's reminded me just how good books turned into kids' movies are at inspiring non-readers to pick up a book. Seeing the movie first can make reading so much easier and more accessible for...

8 new(ish) funny books for kids age 8+

8 new(ish) funny books for kids age 8+

Kids love funny books. We know this because the top 10 bestsellers in the 8+ market every year invariably contain a high percentage of fun, humorous reads. We asked young book reviewer Book Boy Jr (12) to recommend some new(ish) funny books  for kids by...

Book review: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

Book review: The Crossover by Kwame Alexander

This book review of The Crossover is brought to you by Book Boy Jr (12). Title: The Crossover Author: Kwame Alexander Publisher: Houghton Mifflin About the book: This book is a blend of hip-hop poetry and normal text. It follows the story of JB, a young basketball...

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Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

Party game: cool-fun backyard photo scavenger hunt

My kids have always adored a scavenger hunt, no matter how old they are. My friend Ella gave me the idea for this photo scavenger hunt and it's been a real hit. This photo scavenger hunt is fantastic fun at a party, but you could play this game anytime,...

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