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Q&A with Anita Heiss - Our Race for Reconciliation

12 September 2017 - Author: erin wamala

The Kids' Bookshop sat down with Anita Heiss to discuss her novel Our Race for Reconciliation.


 

 

1. As an Indigenous woman, how did you feel seeing Cathy Freeman win gold at
the Olympics?
 I was watching the race with family in Canberra and we were all so very excited. I was incredibly proud of her – even though I didn’t know her. Just knowing the amount of work and emotional, physical and physiological energy it would’ve taken to get that far. And then to win. I think all Australians watching that race would have been proud of Cathy Freeman that night. 

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Footy Fever hits TKBS

31 August 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

Footy Fever has hit Australia, and TKBS desks!

As well as the AFL Finals, September also sees the exciting release of Jo Stanley’s new series, Play Like a Girl, and the latest book in George Ivanoff’s You Choose series, Footy Fever. We thought we’d celebrate September with a list of our favourite AFL-themed books.

Whichever team you support, there is a book here for any footy fan!

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BOOK WEEK 2017: Celebrate at Home

10 August 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

Book Week 2017 IdeasBook Week is a celebration for all Australian children! Schools, libraries and bookshops will have some wonderful events taking place during the week, but HOME is also a fabulous place to celebrate books with your children, particularly for families with pre-school children or in remote locations!

With ESCAPE TO EVERYWHERE as this year’s Book Week theme, here’s The Kids’ Bookshop’s quick list of ways you can celebrate Book Week in your home this year.

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Supporting Beginner Readers

20 July 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

Learning to ReadLearning to read is like baking a cake. Just like baking a cake, learning to read requires essential ingredients to successfully achieve a desired result, which in this case is the ability to read.

The Kids' Bookshop has some tips, strategies and book recommendations to help you support your child's journey towards reading.

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TKBS chats to Belinda Murrell about Pippa’s Island

05 July 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

Pippa's IslandThe Kids’ Bookshop was very lucky to chat with Belinda Murrell over a virtual cuppa in anticipation of her latest publication, Pippa’s Island, a new series for middle readers about starting a new life on a tropical island, finding your courage and the best group of friends you could wish for. It’s the perfect series for readers who enjoyed or have outgrown Belinda’s previous series for younger readers, Lulu Bell, about friends, family and animal adventures growing up in a vet hospital.

At about the age of eight, Belinda Murrell began writing stirring tales of adventure, mystery and magic in hand-illustrated exercise books. As an adult, she combined two of her great loves – writing and travelling the world – and worked as a travel journalist, technical writer and public relations consultant. Now, inspired by her own three children, Belinda is a bestselling, internationally published children’s author with a history of writing in her family that spans over 200 years. Her previous titles include her fantasy adventure series The Sun Sword trilogy and her seven time-slip adventures, The Locket of Dreams, The Ruby Talisman, The Ivory Rose, The Forgotten Pearl, The River Charm, The Sequin Star, and The Lost Sapphire. These books have been recognised by various awards, including CBCA Notable List 2012 and 2017, Honour Book KOALAS 2013, shortlisted seven times for the Young Australians Best Book Award (YABBA), and highly commended in the PM’s Literary Awards.

Belinda lives in Manly in a gorgeous old house overlooking the sea with her husband Rob, her three beautiful children - Nick, Emily and Lachlan, and her dog Rosie. She is an Author Ambassador for Room to Read and Books in Homes. Visit her website at www.belindamurrell.com.au

 

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What Harry Potter Means to The Kids' Bookshop

29 June 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

Can you believe that it has been 20 years since Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was first published?  It might come as a rude surprise for some, especially if you discovered the series' in its early years, but we believe it is a true gift that children (and adults) can continue to enjoy the wizarding world of Harry Potter. 

We're sure you'll agree that Harry Potter, in some shape or form, has found his way into every reader's heart). Keep reading to find out what the series means to the staff at The Kids' Bookshop


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You Choose 12Hugely popular, especially with our schools, is George Ivanoff’s You Choose series of books. There are currently 12 stories in the series, in addition to some ‘Flip Me’ bind-up editions. Each story is reminiscent of the original Choose Your Own Adventure books, in which readers are regularly faced with a choice that will inevitably lead them down a different story path.

Taking just one story path is never satisfying for the reader, making them highly addictive. We were keen to ask George a little more about how he sets about writing these, and we encourage your students or children to have a go at writing one on their own!

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Under the Love Umbrella- Metaphors, Families and Colour

14 March 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

Under the Love UmbrellaUnder the Love Umbrella is a new picture book by Davina Bell and Alison Colpoys, featuring vivid pops of colour and families of all structures, sizes and backgrounds.

Completely smitten by this book with a heart-warming message of love and protection, we were keen to interviewed author, Davina Bell, on the inspiration behind the book. I’m sure you’ll agree that Davina Bell is a thoughtful and reflective author to look out for when searching for books to share with your family.

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Inside Florette's Garden with Anna Walker

07 March 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

As the official bookseller on the evening and as friends of Anna Walker, it was an absolute pleasure to be a part of Anna’s night last week as she officially launched her newest book, Florette.

Florette Cover

 

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MARK GREENWOOD- ON WRITING THE HISTORY MYSTERIES

14 February 2017 - Author: Jackie Small

History Mysteries by Mark Greenwood

 

‘If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.’Rudyard Kipling.

 

I love this quote. It reminds me of the importance of sharing stories – especially the wonderful tales from the past. I’m a history hunter. I enjoy searching for lost explorers and glittering treasure, delving into mysteries and solving famous cold cases – and most of all, I love sharing the amazing stories that I find.

In my new History Mysteries series, I have selected some of the wildest, coolest stories from Australian history to intrigue and inspire curious young readers. To me, writing about the past is like time travelling. I enjoy delving into stories that have been lost or forgotten, and I often find inspiration in little known slices of history.

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