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Book bites: Diversify your reading 

19 March 2019
YA specialist and primary school teacher Mischa Parkee shares her top picks for forthcoming children’s titles. I have been positively overwhelmed by the growing number of inclusive and diverse children’s...

Book bites: A taste of books to come 

30 October 2018
Picture this With a brand new year of school on the horizon, there are plenty of picture books to get early readers prepared for their first day: On The First...

Book bites: A taste of books to come 

30 August 2018
The next chapter Hot off the news that ‘The Bad Guys’ is being developed for an animated feature film by US production company Dreamworks, Aaron Blabey is back with a...

Book bites: A taste of books to come 

3 July 2018
Picture this With Father’s Day coming up, several publishers are releasing dad-themed picture books. My Old Man He Played Rugby (Peter Millett, illus by Jenny Cooper, Scholastic, August) is for...

Book bites: A taste of books to come 

17 July 2017
Picture perfect A Thousand Hugs from Daddy by Anna Pignataro (Scholastic, August) and Funniest Dad in the World by Ed Allen and Louis Shea (Scholastic, August) are prime Father’s Day...

Book bites: books to come for teens and tots 

9 May 2017
Children’s book buyer at Hill of Content Bookshop Meg Whelan offers a taste of books to come. In the picture Aaron Blabey is back with Guff (August, Viking), a hilarious...

Book bites: Titles for tots 

14 March 2017
In the picture Detailed illustrations take centre stage in Let’s Count Kisses (Karen Hull, Hachette, April), which encourages kids to count the butterflies on each page while Aussie animals are...

Book bites: Big kids’ books 

28 February 2017
Get smart Why let the little kids have all the fun? Picture books are a useful way to get primary school-aged children to engage with nonfiction, and there are several...

Book bites: In the picture 

11 October 2016
Several forthcoming picture books take younger readers on a journey abroad, and around Australia. Scribe’s children’s imprint Scribble has translated two ‘modernist picture-book classics’ from the late 1960s into English....

Book bites: Teen talk 

6 October 2016
Nicole Hayes’ previous YA novels The Whole of My World and One True Thing have won her many fans. Her latest, A Shadow’s Breath (Random House, February), begins with a...

Book bites: A taste of books to come

8 July 2016
Travel tales Travellers to Sydney and Melbourne have two new children’s picture books to choose from. Sydney Word by Word (Sonny Day & Biddy Maroney) and Melbourne Word by Word...

Book bites: A taste of books to come 

10 May 2016
In the picture Move over wombats. Koalas take a starring role in two forthcoming picture books from Scholastic. Don’t Call Me Bear by Pig the Pug author Aaron Blabey (August)...

Book bites: Get smart 

21 March 2016
The Weird and Wonderful World of Words (Wild Dog Books, April) is an excellent springboard for language classes. Its mix of facts, illustrations and creative design make this an appealing...

Book bites: International appeal 

21 March 2016
Berbay Publishing and Gecko Press specialise in finding and publishing some of the world’s best—and quirkiest—children’s books Down Under. King of the Castle (Aurora Ruá, illus by Guridi, Berbay, March),...

Book bites: Serial addiction 

21 March 2016
The apartment-dwelling, mystery-solving Squishy Taylor made her junior-fiction debut in February. This new series for readers aged six and up—which is quickly gaining fans—continues in March and April with Squishy...

Book bites: Teen talk 

21 March 2016
YA  fantasy fans have a lot of choose from in the coming months. Julius and the Soulcatcher (Tim Hehir, Text, June), book two in the ‘Watchmaker’ novels, returns to a...

Book bites: In the picture 

21 March 2016
Clarrie is a farmer who gets his words mixed up: ‘The sun is up and I have a lot to shoe. No. I have a lot to poo.’ You can...