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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...

‘Welcome to Your Period’ book review

‘Welcome to Your Period’ book review

Yumi Stynes is one of those capable people who do all kinds of things well. She's now written Welcome to Your Period, a book about, you guessed it, starting your period. The book is co-authored with Dr Melissa Kang. Dr Kang is an ex-Dolly Doctor, which is a fact that...

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

How to keep older kids reading (and why it’s so important they do)

Fitness experts talk about the importance of regular exercise and fresh air for tweens and teens, so surely a teacher librarian can talk about the importance of reading in their lives? It should be our goal to keep older kids reading for so many reasons. We live in a...

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Books for reluctant readers: Review of Malamander by Thomas Taylor

This review of Malamander is part of our ongoing quest to encourage reluctant readers to find their 'key' book. Maybe this is the book that will unlock their love of reading? Malamander is a quirky adventure tale about friendship, being brave, optimistic and, most of...

6 good books about starting your period

6 good books about starting your period

Can you imagine what it was like starting your period back in the days when nobody talked about periods? Perhaps you would wake in the night to blood-soaked sheets and the thought that you had died in the night and are now a ghost, floating above the murder scene. Or...

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