Families come in all shapes and sizes, and Australian picture books are starting to reflect that.
In Australian picture books, family representation has been overwhelmingly traditional. But this may be changing.
Reading a treasured gift.
Christmas annuals are still found countless trees but how did they become some popular in the first place?
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Here's a bumper crop of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.
Learning to form friendships is a key part of growing up.
These books will kickstart a lifelong love of reading, and build a bedtime bond between parent and child.
Children will be responsible for the future protection of our fragile planet. Their knowledge and engagement are critical.
Scenes from the early days of pop music, Horrible Histories-style.
The series has an impressive quarter century history of its own.
Fairy tales are extremely moral in their demarcation between good and evil, right and wrong.
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Why grown-ups still need fairy tales.
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We consciously and unconsciously tell fairy tales today, despite advances in logic and science. It’s as if there is something ingrained in us that compels us to see the world through this lens.
Autistic characters in children’s books are few and far between.
The limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often
misrepresented rather than represented in fiction.
The famous ‘kiss’ scene from Sleeping Beauty.
Fairytales are increasingly being targeted for giving girls inappropriate messages. But these stories have always evolved with the times, and talk of banning them is misguided.
How can you maximize reading’s rewards for baby?
Psychology researchers bring infants into the lab to learn more about how shared book reading influences brain and behavioral development.
Why are parents increasingly inserting their child's name into stories?
The children's author Michael Bond left a literary legacy of inclusion and tolerance.
Platform 9 and ¾, the portal to Harry Potter’s magical world, at Kings Cross in London.
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Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, the first in the phenomenally successful series, turns 20 this month. Despite criticism of their status as 'literature', the books remain a magical experience for children.
Front cover of Tjarrany Roughtail - the book features a collection of Dreaming stories.
These books introduce children to Indigenous culture and experiences through colourful pictures and powerful storytelling.
Children’s books were historically moralising and instructive. What’s changed?
Children’s literature may be a modern genre, but there is a long history of writing for children with some surprisingly unchanging elements.
What stories can teach children about the world.
These are the books to read with your children this summer.
From the informative to the whimsical to the flat out hilarious, here are ten Australian books to keep your child's brain active through the holidays.
Wales and Welsh culture captivated the already curious soul of Roald Dahl.
An idyllic childhood in Wales inspired one of the world's most treasured children's writers in unexpected ways.
A family photograph of the children’s author Roald Dahl, with his wife Patricia Neal, and children Olivia, Tessa, and Theo.
A war hero and a philanthropist, or a bully and a misogynist – there are many versions of the enigmatic author.